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WHFS
City of license Catonsville, MD
Broadcast area Baltimore, MD - Washington, DC
Branding "105.7 HFS"
Slogan "Baltimore's FM Talk"
Frequency 105.7 (MHz) (Also on HD Radio)
First air date November 11, 1961
Format Talk
HD2: Modern Rock
HD3: ESPN Radio
ERP 50,000 watts
HAAT 150 meters
Class B
Facility ID 1916
Callsign meaning W High Fidelity Stereo
Owner CBS Radio
Sister stations WJFK, WLIF, WQSR, WWMX
under CBS Corp. cluster with TV station WJZ-TV
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.whfs.com

WHFS are the call letters for the FM radio station transmitting on 105.7 MHz, licensed to Catonsville, Maryland, and broadcasting from studios in suburban Towson, Maryland. They originally stood for "Washington's High Fidelity Stereo." That station and its predecessor are owned by CBS Radio (formerly Infinity Broadcasting). WHFS has broadcasted in the Washington, DC/Baltimore, Maryland markets on various frequencies for over 40 years, usually referred to as 'HFS. Jake Einstein was the prominent partner during the station's heyday of progressive rock when it was located in Bethesda, Maryland. His sons David and Damian were members of the air staff. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... In the United States (and potentially elswhere), each radio station or TV station is assigned a city of license by the Federal Communications Commission that they must serve. 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From the late 1960s until January 12, 2005, WHFS broadcast a progressive rock format that gradually became an alternative rock format. The station's target demographic was listeners aged 18-34. For many local residents, it was the first place to hear such bands as R.E.M., Pixies, and The Smiths. David Einstein, the program director for 20 years, was the first in the area to play "new music" from then unknown artists such as U2, REM, Simple Minds, the Cure, New Order, and Depeche Mode. In the 1990s, WHFS featured a specialty show called "Now Hear This", hosted by Dave Marsh, that highlighted indie and local music. WHFS has also been the host of the HFStival since 1990. The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969. ... is the 12th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Progressive rock is a radio station programming format that prospered in the late 1960s and 1970s, in which the disc jockeys are given wide lattitude in what they may play, similar to the freeform format but with the proviso that some kind of rock music is almost always what is... Alternative music redirects here. ... R.E.M. is an American rock band formed in Athens, Georgia in 1980 by Bill Berry (drums), Peter Buck (guitar), Mike Mills (bass guitar), and Michael Stipe (vocals). ... The Pixies[1] are an American alternative rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1985. ... The Smiths were an English rock band active from 1982 to 1987. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... The HFStival was an annual rock festival sponsored by Washington, D.C. / Baltimore, Maryland radio station WHFS. Currently in its seventeenth year, the HFStival is the largest yearly music festival on the East Coast. ...

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History

1960s

WHFS began broadcasting on November 11, 1961, on a frequency of 102.3 FM in Bethesda, Maryland. It was the first station in the Washington, DC, area to broadcast in FM-stereo, hence its call letters. It was originally located in a 20 × 20 foot space in the basement of the Bethesda Medical Building on Wisconsin Avenue with antenna on the roof. Its original format was a combination of MOR and classical, with jazz after 10 p.m. The original owners were considerably underfunded, and the station was sold in 1963. The station was initially moved to Norfolk Ave. in Bethesda and later to Woodmont Ave. All these locations are within a 3-block distance. Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bethesda is an urbanized, but unincorporated, area in southern Montgomery County, Maryland, near Washington, D.C. It takes its name from a church located there, the Bethesda Presbyterian Church, built in 1820 and rebuilt in 1850, which in turn took its name from Jerusalems Pool of Bethesda. ...


1970s

By the late 1970s, the WHFS studios were broadcasting from the second floor of a luxury condo on Woodmont Avenue, and were conveniently located directly across the street from the Psyche Delly, a venue for live performances by bands playing the club circuit, and many musicians, famous and not yet famous, traipsed across the street to do interviews and perform live at the station. Many cut WHFS-specific IDs. One classic example of a legal ID done by a bass-vocal centered rhythm & blues group went, "Of all the stations we like the best, it's W - Hhhhh---F-Sssss; we'll be rockin', we'll be rollin', on W - Hhhhh---F-Sssss - - - 102.3 - Bethesda." The enthusiastic and knowledgeable interviews by such deejays as Jonathan "Weasel" Gilbert, who held down the drive-time afternoon weekday slot - about the time that bands setting up across the street were ready for a dinner break before a performance - provided fascinating details about the artists' experience, as well as providing plugs for the upcoming appearance. Weasel's obvious friendship with many of his guests elicited striking candor from them. During the 70's, WHFS would broadcast music other FM Rock stations normally would not, including cuts as long as 20 minutes. Artists like Frank Zappa, Yes, Genesis, Roxy Music and other non-commercial artists, at that time, would be the normal format. The station made a policy of never playing a "hit" and unprecedently left the playing lists strictly up to the DJs. Once in a while the DJ's would, as a joke, throw in a Top 40 hit just to throw the listeners off. Frank Vincent Zappa[1] (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American composer, musician, and film director. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Genesis is an English rock band formed in 1967. ... Roxy Music are an English art rock group founded in the early 1970s by art school graduate Bryan Ferry (vocals and keyboards). ...


In addition to the station's progressive rock and alternative music, jazz, and even bluegrass was prominently featured on their format. One of the show's features was "Thor's Bluegrass" hosted by DJ Thor. Local bluegrass band The Seldom Scene would sometimes perform live from the station. The Seldom Scene is an American bluegrass band formed in 1971 in Bethesda, Maryland out of the weekly jam sessions in the basement of banjo player Ben Eldridge. ...


Fans of the station came to expect certain "regular" features. Listeners were treated to Weasel playing "I Wanna Be Sedated" by the Ramones every Friday towards the end of the work day. Weasel also filled his playlist with requests like local DC near hit "Washingtron" by Tru Fax & the Insaniacs. Weasel actually answered the telephone himself when requests were called in. WHFS made Root Boy Slim's "Christmas at K-Mart" a holiday standard. This article is about the single by the Ramones. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Tru Fax & the Insaniacs (TFI) are a punk/new wave music band in the Washington, DC, area. ... Root Boy Slim (born Foster MacKenzie III) (July 9, 1945--June 8, 1993) Asheville, North Carolina; was a singer and songwriter for the band He died in his sleep in his home in Orlando, Florida at the age of 48. ...


Among the station's more endearing traditions was the broadcasting of the entire "Don't Eat the Yellow Snow" suite that makes up the bulk of the first side of Frank Zappa's "Apostrophe" LP, when the Washington area would experience its first snowfall of the season. Frank Vincent Zappa[1] (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American composer, musician, and film director. ... For the prime symbol (′) used for feet and inches, see Prime (symbol). ...


According to the Washington Post, the 1978 DJ lineup at WHFS was: Damian Einstein, John "Weasel" Gilbert, David Einstein, Bob "Here" Showacre, Diane Divola, and Tom Grooms. Adele Abrams held weekend slots from 1974-1988 (and held a full-time shift for nearly two years following Damien's accident). She and Weasel also hosted a live show featuring local band performances called "Take One," which broadcast from the Sounds Reasonable studio in Washington, DC, during the late 1970s.


1980s and 90s

See also: HFStival

At its peak on 102.3, the station was owned by Jacob Einstein. It was then sold to the owners of WTOP (AM) for $2 million which Einstein used to purchase WNAV AM/FM Annapolis, Maryland in 1983. WNAV-AM was sold to Pat Sajak, the game-show host. Einstein took the 'HFS call letters with him and WNAV-FM 99.1 became WHFS (FM) with much higher power than the 102.3 facility. Eventually Einstein's group sold WHFS. When the station switched formats, it was located at the Infinity Broadcasting Center in Lanham, Maryland. The HFStival was an annual rock festival sponsored by Washington, D.C. / Baltimore, Maryland radio station WHFS. Currently in its seventeenth year, the HFStival is the largest yearly music festival on the East Coast. ... “Annapolis” redirects here. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Pat Sajak (born Patrick Leonard Sajdak on October 26, 1946), is an Emmy Award-winning television personality and one-time talk show host, best known as the host of the popular and long-running American television game show, Wheel of Fortune. ... Lanham is an unincorporated community in Prince Georges County in the State of Maryland in the United States of America. ...


A daily topical humor "news" show, "The Daily Feed", aired for much of the 1980s on WHFS. It featured the sarcastic "Max Nobny" exchanging wit with straightman and nominal narrator, the Baltimore-accented "Frank Benlin", discussing current issues and using classic passion plays such as Star Trek parodies (during the Gulf shipping crisis of the mid-1990s when the U.S. reflagged Middle Eastern tankers) as a comedy vehicle. During Washington Mayor Marion Barry's drug case, a faux-Washington, D.C. tourism promo by the Feed referred to the mayor for life, adding that he "is featured on a totally hidden federal video program." This article is about the entire Star Trek franchise. ... Marion Barry Marion Shepilov Barry, Jr. ...


Sunday broadcasts featured foreign language/culture specialty shows.


Since 1990, WHFS has hosted an event called the HFStival, an annual (sometimes semi-annual) day-long (sometimes two-day-long) outdoor concert. The concert, often held at Washington's RFK Stadium, features a variety local and national acts; for example, the 2004 lineup included The Cure, Jay-Z, Modest Mouse, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Cypress Hill. Robert Benjamin, Bob Waugh and Bill Glasser took the HFStival from a small yearly concert in Fairfax, Virginia, to a large festival in Washington DC that was headlined by major acts and was surrounded by culturally significant booths, games, food, and rides, as well as an outdoor second stage. Amongst others, Billy Zero was instrumental in growing the HFStival Locals Only Stage where bands like Good Charlotte and Jimmie's Chicken Shack got their big break. The term Locals Only stuck and is still used today and the Locals Only Stage was copied by Modern Rock Stations across the Country. Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, informally known as RFK Stadium, is a sports stadium that opened in 1961. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the band. ... Jay-Z (aka the Jigga, HOV and Hova, born Shawn Carter on December 4, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York) is an African American rapper/hip hop artist and record label executive; one of the most popular and successful rappers of the late 1990s and early 2000s. ... Modest Mouse is an American indie rock band formed in 1993 in Issaquah, Washington by singer/lyricist/guitarist Isaac Brock, drummer Jeremiah Green, bassist Eric Judy, and guitarist Dann Gallucci. ... Yeah Yeah Yeahs are a Grammy Award-nominated New York City-based rock band. ... Cypress Hill is a mostly-Latin American hip hop group from South Gate, California, who is quite possibly most well remembered for their song Insane in the Brain. Their consistent advocacy around the legalization of cannabis consumption has contributed to their popularity. ... Billy Zero is a Radio and TV host. ... The HFStival was an annual rock festival sponsored by Washington, D.C. / Baltimore, Maryland radio station WHFS. Currently in its seventeenth year, the HFStival is the largest yearly music festival on the East Coast. ... Good Charlotte (IPA: ) is an American rock band from Waldorf, Maryland and formed in 1996. ... Jimmies Chicken Shack is an American alternative rock band from Annapolis, Maryland. ...


Though becoming famous as a cutting-edge station playing the latest underground music (and often beating the mainstream to the punch by months and even years), the station, under Infinity Broadcasting's ownership, became the local modern alternative station in the mid 90s. No longer playing rather obscure progressive rock, nor the classic and hard rock of its Baltimore competitor WIYY, HFS was now formatted more towards a younger set of fans who were more apt to listen to Green Day and Fuel than less mainstream artists such as Fugazi or Lou Reed. The station played much of the alternative hits that were touted by the mainstream press and MTV, turning off many old-school HFS listeners, but in turn gaining many listeners in the 18-24 age demographic. Though in the few years before the infamous 2005 format switch the station did begin to combine more underground programming with its modern rock format, it never fully reverted to its prior all-indie status. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... WIYY (97. ... This article is about the band Green Day. ... For other uses, see Fuel (disambiguation). ... Fugazi may refer to: an Italian slang term for something that is fake/not authentic. ... Lou Reed, born Lewis Allen Reed[1] March 2, 1942, is an American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. ...


Iconic DJs

The station's iconic DJs included Tim Virgin, Jonathan "Weasel" Gilbert, Damien Einstein, Neci Crowder, Cerphe Colwell, Dave Issing, Mark Daley AKA "The Alien", Johnny Riggs, Billy Zero, Wild Wes Johnson,Rob Timm, Kathryn Lauren, Gina Crash, Bill "Will Robinson" Glasser and The Sports Junkies. Mark Avery held down the 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. slot for many years in the 1980s. One of the many morning shows featured "Meg in the Morning" (aka "Mother Earth Meg" or "Happily Married Meg" as Weasel regularly referred to her, after her nuptials). From 1991 to 1993 Bob Waugh and Rob Timm hosted "The Modern Rock Morning Show" with help from Wild Wes. Other hosts of the morning show included Shari Elliker, Allen Scott, Kathryn Lauren, Tom Perry and Tony "Aq" Aquaviva (all with Rob Timm as co-host/Minister of Information) and Gina Crash. [[Tom Terrell regularly debuted club music that he had brought back from the UK and Europe. The station featured a very popular electronic dance music show, originally called "Mutant Dance Party" and hosted by Zoltar; it was later renamed to "Trancemissions" as Gina Crash took over the hosting duties. Mark Daley is a Northern Irish-born American broadcaster. ... Billy Zero is a Radio and TV host. ... Wes Johnson (born June 6, 1961) is an actor who has appeared in such films as John Waters A Dirty Shame, Chris Rocks Head of State, and the Nicole Kidman thriller The Invasion (film). ... The Sports Junkies is a group of radio personalities based in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore market. ... Shari Elliker is a host of the Broadminded radio program on XM Radio. ... Lowell Tom Perry (b. ...

  • An article titled "A Brief History of WHFS", originally published in Virtually Alternative Magazine in 2000 can be found here.

Abrupt format switch to tropical Latin music

At noon on January 12, 2005, 99.1 WHFS was switched to a Tropical Latin music format. Its call letters were soon changed to WZLL for a few days, and then again to WLZL, and the station was rebranded as "El Zol 99.1 FM". Although a format change had been rumored to some extent for years--due to slipping ratings (22nd) in its primary market of Washington (although its ratings in Baltimore remained high)--the switch was not publicized beforehand and took many long-time fans, and even most of the station's staff, by surprise. Most of the station's staff were not told of the change until less than an hour before it happened, and new management presided in the air studio as the former format was playing its last few songs. Though nearly always met with harsh criticism, such abrupt format changes are a common practice in the radio industry. is the 12th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tropical Tropical indicates a Latin beat music format from the Caribbean. ... WLZL is a radio station in the Washington DC and Baltimore, Maryland radio markets. ...


AOL, which had a partnership with Infinity Broadcasting and recognized that many people would miss the old WHFS format, quickly launched an internet-only streaming radio station with a playlist much like that of WHFS. For other uses, see AOL (disambiguation). ...


Competition quickly filled a gap in programming:

  • Longtime Washington rival DC101 had long since drifted from playing hard rock to a mostly alternative rock format to regain its ratings advantage over WHFS, and was already poised to attract most of the station's Washington-area listeners.
  • Also in Washington, Z104 adjusted their modern adult contemporary format to include the more mature artists of the old WHFS format. (The station was replaced by classical music a year later.)
  • In Annapolis, WRNR 103.1 FM, a station with an adult album alternative format, picked up many former WHFS listeners. Some were attracted by its similarities to the more progressive days of WHFS in the 1980s; others tuned in to hear DJs that had left WHFS well before the format switch, such as Damien Einstein, Dave Issing, Bob Waugh, and Rob Timm.
  • In Baltimore, WIYY 97.9 (98 Rock) continued to broadcast classic, hard, and modern rock out of Baltimore but covering the entire region.
  • In the Baltimore suburb of Towson, Maryland, WTMD 89.7 at Towson University had a format similar to that of WRNR.

An article written by Richard Harrington about the abrupt format switch appeared in the Washington Post Newspaper on January 14, 2005. Harrington's article was titled "WHFS: For Many, The Only Alternative" and can be found here. WWDC is a commercial radio station in Washington, D.C., broadcasting to the Washington, DC-Baltimore, Maryland area. ... Hard Rock redirects here. ... Alternative music redirects here. ... WWZZ/WWVZ was the Washington, DC metropolitan areas largest adult rock format radio station, owned by Bonneville International. ... Modern adult contemporary (or Modern AC) is a popular and influential hybrid radio format. ... City nickname: Americas Sailing Capital Location in the state of Maryland Founded 1649 Mayor Ellen O. Moyer (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 19. ... WRNR-FM is a radio station in Annapolis, Maryland, USA, broadcasting on 103. ... Adult Album Alternative (also Triple-A, AAA, or adult alternative) is a radio format broadcast mostly on FM. A spin off of the Album-oriented rock format, its roots may have been established sometime during the 60s from what was called underground music and later progressive. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... Flag Seal Nickname: Monument City, Charm City, Mob Town, B-more Motto: Get In On It (formerly The City That Reads and The Greatest City in America; BELIEVE is not the official motto but rather a specific campaign) Location Location of Baltimore in Maryland Coordinates , Government Country State County United... WIYY (97. ... Towson is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place in Baltimore County, Maryland, United States. ... Towson University, often referred to as TU or simply Towson for short, is an American public university located in Towson in Baltimore County, Maryland, USA. It is part of the University System of Maryland. ... ...


Live 105.7 and revival of WHFS

In September 2001, 105.7 FM in Baltimore became the home of WXYV, a hip-hop station called "X105.7," when WQSR, an oldies station, moved to 102.7 FM(now JACK FM) to broadcast a better signal in the Baltimore area. Both stations were owned by Infinity Broadcasting (now CBS Radio). Although X105.7 had taken a small share of listeners from rival station WERQ-FM, WXYV later changed to a more lucrative talk radio format. During the morning hours, the station simulcasted the Howard Stern program. In the afternoons, the Don and Mike Show was simulcast for the Baltimore area. The station adopted the name "Live 105.7". Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... WQSR in Baltimore, Maryland was for many years an oldies station, but has since adopted the Jack FM format. ... Oldies is a generic term commonly used to describe a radio format that usually concentrates on Top 40 music from the 50s, 60s and 70s. ... CBS Radio Inc. ... WERQ is an urban radio station located in Baltimore, Maryland. ... For other uses, see Talk Radio. ... This article is a biography of Howard Stern as an individual; for information regarding his radio show see The Howard Stern Show. ... Don and Mike host the nationally syndicated radio talk show The Don and Mike Show. ...


Meanwhile, Infinity Broadcasting saw an unexpected public reaction to their decision to change the format of 99.1 FM in Washington. The story was covered by local TV stations for many days afterwards, and mentioned nationally by The Washington Post, the Howard Stern Show, and The Today Show. The corporate offices of Infinity Broadcasting in New York City were flooded with phone calls and e-mails from irate listeners. An online petition protesting the format change gathered tens of thousands of signatures in only a few days. Media attention was attracted by a public protest in downtown Washington, outside a skate shop where WHFS maintained a remote storefront studio in its last few months. Protest Video WHFS' main competitor, DC101, paid tribute to the station, airing many memories of WHFS from its DJs and listeners. The Washington Post is the largest newspaper in Washington, D.C.. It is also one of the citys oldest papers, having been founded in 1877. ... This article is a biography of Howard Stern as an individual; for information regarding his radio show see The Howard Stern Show. ... Today, commonly referred to as The Today Show to avoid ambiguity, is an American morning news and talk show airing weekday mornings on the NBC television network. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... WWDC is a commercial radio station in Washington, D.C., broadcasting to the Washington, DC-Baltimore, Maryland area. ...


Infinity Broadcasting responded by resurrecting the WHFS format on nights and weekends at 105.7, beginning at 7 p.m. on January 21, 2005 with former WHFS afternoon DJ Tim Virgin. The station rebranded itself as "The Legendary HFS, Live on 105.7", Infinity Broadcasting moved the WHFS call letters to the station days later. 105.7 HFS ceased broadcasting mainstream music on February 1, 2007 immediately before KMS on HFS premiered, yet retain the WHFS call letters traditionally associated with the music the station used to broadcast. Currently HFS2 and Locals Only with Neci remain WHFS's only ties to its original format. is the 21st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


When Radio One flipped Rocker Y100 in Philadelphia, former DJ's and staff used the success of the HFS listeners to rally their listeners to try and bring back its station to the air. Although it wasn't as successful in the end, Y100rocks.com was launched as an online station maxing out its bandwidth within hours of launching.


HFS2

In 2006, WHFS began to broadcast a digital signal for radios using the new HD Radio technology, and launched an all-music station named "HFS2" on its second HD Radio channel. The station focuses primarily on new alternative rock and indie rock, and currently has no DJs or commercials. A website is devoted to this new station, as well as the music dayparts of the original station. On January 19, 2007 the online stream of "HFS2" was launched with the slogan "What You've Been Missing" hinting at the death of HFS music on the regular 105.7 frequency. HFS2 logo HD Radio is an in-band on-channel (IBOC) digital radio system created by iBiquity for broadcasting via existing FM and AM radio stations. ... Alternative music redirects here. ... Indie rock is a subgenre of rock music often used to refer to bands that are on small independent record labels or that arent on labels at all. ...


- On Thursday, November 1st, 2007 Neci Crowder will begin broadcasting on HFS2 from 8am to 1pm. This marks the first time a live DJ has been heard on HFS2.


Programming

Arbitron Ratings

WHFS Arbitron AQH share for persons 12+, Mon-Sat, 6AM-Mid: [1] Arbitron is a radio audience research company in the United States. ...

  • SP07 2.7
  • WP07 1.7
  • SU06 1.5
  • FA06 1.9

The Ed Norris Show

Main article: Ed Norris Show

WHFS airs its flagship midday show on weekdays from 11AM - 3PM. The "Ed Norris Show," hosted by former Baltimore City Police Commissioner Ed Norris. The "Best Of Ed Norris" airs Saturdays from 2PM-5PM. The Ed Norris Show is a radio show broadcast between 10am and 1pm on WHFS 105. ... The Ed Norris Show is a radio show broadcast between 10am and 1pm on WHFS 105. ... Edward T. Norris is a radio personality who hosts the Ed Norris Show on WHFS in Baltimore, Maryland. ...


KMS on HFS

Starting February 1, 2007, Kirk McEwen and Mark Ondayko took over the coveted morning drive slot formally occupied by the Junkies. Called KMS, listeners speculated who the "S" would be while the duo was off air, serving part of their non-compete clause from WIYY (98 Rock). It turns out the acronym stands for Kirk and Mark Show, but their News Anchor and Executive Producer Jeff Shamrock fills what they call the "s-hole". The show also features Liz Drabick with traffic, Colleen the Diva of the Dial Tone and Dave Gegorek the Board-Op. KMS starts at 5:30 AM with a segment from the previous day. Kirk and Mark sign on around 5:50, and off at 10AM, re-airing the first hour of broadcast in the 10 O'clock hour. WIYY (97. ...


The Backroom

The February 1 format switch also brought the Backroom to HFS. The show is hosted by Troy Johnson, and Jon Boesche'.


Sports

WHFS is the new flagship station of Baltimore Orioles baseball. WHFS airs University of Maryland football and men's basketball in conjunction with sister station WJFK. This article is about the contemporary American major league baseball team. ... The University of Maryland, College Park (also known as UM, UMD, or UMCP) is a public university located in the city of College Park, in Prince Georges County, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., in the United States. ... WJFK, the callsign of ESPN Radio 1300 at 1300 kHz is a sports radio station located in Towson, Maryland, near Baltimore. ...


Locals Only with Neci

The title says it all, locals only. Neci Crowder hosts the only show left on HFS still with music, focusing on the local bands of the Northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland areas. The show has its roots back on 99.1 when Neci hosted the show. There is a stage at the annual HFStival that sports the same name, with local bands performing all day. HFS has always supported the local bands which can be credited for helping launch such bands as Good Charlotte, SR-71, and Jimmie's Chicken Shack to stardom. The HFStival was an annual rock festival sponsored by Washington, D.C. / Baltimore, Maryland radio station WHFS. Currently in its seventeenth year, the HFStival is the largest yearly music festival on the East Coast. ... Good Charlotte (IPA: ) is an American rock band from Waldorf, Maryland and formed in 1996. ... The Lockheed SR-71, unofficially known as the Blackbird, is a long-range, advanced, strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed from the Lockheed A-12 and YF-12A aircraft by Lockheeds Skunk works, which was also responsible for the U-2 and many other advanced aircraft. ... Jimmies Chicken Shack is an American alternative rock band from Annapolis, Maryland. ...


Former DJ's

(The station of their final appearance)


102.3 WHFS

  • Josh Brooks
  • Don "Cerphe" Colwell
  • Diane Divola
  • Thomas Grooms
  • John Hall
  • Larry Harris
  • Milo (Bob Shepperdson)
  • Johnny Walker

99.1 WHFS

  • Adele Abrams
  • Tony Aquaviva "Aq"
  • Mark Avery
  • Mark Bejarano
  • Meg Brulatour
  • Lou Brutis
  • Michael Butscher
  • Mark Daley "The Alien"
  • Mike Dawson
  • Susan Desmeris
  • Jim "Bubba Lewis" Dunbar
  • DJ Milk
  • Damien Einstein
  • David Einstein
  • Shari Elliker
  • Pat "Freeze" Ferrise
  • Mike G.
  • Jonathan "Weasel" Gilbert
  • Bill "Will Robinson" Glasser
  • Graeme
  • Guido in a Speedo
  • Dave Issing
  • "Wild" Wes Johnson
  • The Junkies
  • Khan
  • Kim Kirkpatrick
  • Lori Landon
  • Kathryn Lauren
  • Janet Little
  • Dave Marsh
  • Matty
  • Pauly
  • Kim Pelis
  • Tom Perry
  • Pogo
  • Rich Rudel
  • Paula Sangeleer
  • Allen Scott
  • Bob "Here" Showacre
  • Steve Stec
  • Steele
  • Tom Terrell-now reviewing music for National Public Radio's All Things Considered as of September 2007
  • Rob Timm
  • John "JB" Trimmer
  • Bob Waugh
  • Billy Zero
  • Zoltar "The brotha from another planet"

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105.7 WHFS

  • Cane
  • Gina Crash
  • Neci Crowder
  • Chad Dukes
  • Pat Kain
  • Libby
  • Oscar "Big O"
  • Reada
  • Rich Rudel
  • Johnny Riggs
  • Spam
  • Josh Spiegel
  • Chris Steele
  • Tim Virgin
  • Lisa Worden

Trivia

  • After passing ownership of WHFS to other hands, Jake Einstein formed a new company named Cardinal Broadcasting and considered buying the former Washington, D.C. Top Forty powerhouse WEAM-AM in Arlington, Virginia (the Cardinal is the Virginia state bird) for conversion to an 'HFS format. When this fell through, he was a partner purchasing WLOM-AM and FM in Annapolis, Maryland in 1983 and changed the FM side over to a reborn WHFS. In 1989 when Duchussois Broadcasting purchased the station, Einstein departed, and in 1993 he bought WNAV-AM and FM, transmitting from Grasonville, Maryland, across the Chesapeake Bay from Annapolis, and recast the FM side as a reborn 'HFS securing the call letters WRNR (Rock & Roll) for it and hiring some of the old Bethesda staff. However, it had a limited throw of 6,000 watts and only reached the eastern edge of Washington, D.C.
  • David Einstein, former program director of WHFS-FM Bethesda, probably has all of the old "102.3" jingle spots in his archive. On his last morning on the air at the station in the fall of 1989, he aired a number of retro ID spots, even though the station was now broadcasting from a frequency of 99.1 FM. He has moved on to other music industry-related jobs.
  • Damian Einstein suffered serious head injuries on December 13, 1975, when the pick-up truck he was in hit a low bridge while driving in Rock Creek Park, east of Bethesda. His two companions were killed. This accident left him with a pronounced condition of aphasia, noted by a slight delay in speech diction. Despite his thorough knowledge of music canon and intelligent interviews with visiting artists, new station management attempted to remove him from the air in 1989. This led to a support rally sponsored by Joe's Record Paradise in Wheaton Plaza, Wheaton, Maryland, held at Plaza Del Mercado or also called the Del Mercado Shopping Center, on Bel Pre Road in the Aspen Hill area, in which bluesman Catfish Hodge and musicians from Little Feat and Bonnie Raitt's band played live for the protest benefit. An estimated 10,000 supporters showed up to hear Junior Cline and the Recliners, Jimmy Thackery from The Nighthawks, Danny Gatton as well as the Rosslyn Mountain Boys and Freebo, among others, to protest the action of the new management. He filed a discrimination suit through the State of Maryland and it found that he was fired without cause. Damian was ultimately restored to the air.
  • During the Einstein-owned era of the station, air personalities were allowed to play "theme" tunes at the start of their shows. This posed licensing issues with ASCAP/BMI as the tunes were played regularly.
  • Adele Abrams went on to host a cable television show, Takoma Tempo, that featured performances of Washington-area musicians from 1985-1989. She is now an attorney, practicing in Maryland and DC.
  • When the original Bethesda WHFS ownership broke up in the 1980s, the station's extensive library of music was divvied up and thus only certain components accompanied the Einstein family onto their new enterprises. (This item of fact provided by an overnight deejay, circa 1989, in a phone call as to why he could no longer pull out a copy of Keith Emerson's pre-Emerson, Lake & Palmer band, The Nice.)
  • After an a cappella "Join The Band," Cerphe Colwell can be heard leading the crowd in spelling out "F-E-A-T" on track one, side one, record one of Little Feat's live album "Waiting For Columbus" recorded largely at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium August 8–10, 1977 and released in 1978.
  • The last song played on WHFS in its 102.3 incarnation was "After Hours" by the Velvet Underground after Weasel read the sign off.
  • The first song on October 20, 1983 at 99.1 was at 'After the Rain' by Bruce Cockburn by Diane at around 6am, the station when they started up in Annapolis was known as 'Progressive 99 WLOM' until Jake Einstein got the WHFS calls around thanksgiving of 1983.
  • In 1998, Mark "The Alien" Daley and Jonathan "Weasel" Gilbert created Zero24-7 Web Radio, the world’s first internet radio station to mix progressive music with a progressive "green" message. The station that "streamed globally and played locally" won the 1999 OMB Watch Innovation and Technology Award Grand Prize for its use of new media as an advocacy tool.
  • The last song played by WHFS at 99.1 FM was "Last Goodbye" by Jeff Buckley and was programmed by HFS DJ Pat "Freeze" Ferrise who snuck into the studio to change the playlist the Infinity Broadcasting managers had originally programmed.
  • The first song played by Tim Virgin on WHFS at 105.7 FM was "This Is Radio Clash" by The Clash.
  • Johnny Riggs closed out his final show hosting HFS music at midnight February 1, 2007 with, "I'll miss you little friend", thus ending the 3rd incarnation of HFS MUSIC.
  • At 5:28a.m. on Thursday, February 1, 2007 the last song played on 105.7 HFS was again, "Last Goodbye" from Jeff Buckley. This was also the last song played on 99.1 before the format flip on January 12, 2005.

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