WHPK funding crisis

J.R. Nelson and Leor Galil in yesterday’s “Gossip Wolf” column: In April, the student-run Program Coordinating Council, which allocates student government money every year, gave WHPK $20,600 for its next annual budget—about 35 percent of its $57,490 request. … This year the council covered only operating costs, so WHPK needs help—it wants the university to … Read more

Fighting for Chicago’s place in hip-hop history

Fighting for Chicago’s place in hip-hop history: Darrell “Artistic” Roberts of Chi-ROCK Nation has worked to document the culture he loves for more than three decades—and now he’s finally publishing a book (Chicago Reader cover story by Leor Galil):
Roberts learned about WHPK from a neighbor. “He said he heard some rap. He said it was unusual—because he heard cursing on there.”

The Fall’s Mark E. Smith reads the comments—and responds


“You fucking dumb mediocre plank!” – Mark E. Smith himself (requested by Peter, Isaac, and Ed, all former DJ’s)

My favorite single comment in the WHPK record library, “signed Lord Marquis E. Smith” in response to the hilarious “Rule where? Slovenia? This is solid Fall, yes, but love must be deaf as well as blind ‘cause Mark’s wife [Brix] sure can’t sing””