WHPH - FM 97.7 - Jemison, Al

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WHPH started out on 90.3 on April 18, 1966, licensed to Hanover. It was only the second high school FM station in NJ, the first being 88.7 WRRH in Franklin Lakes. An aircheck of WHPH's sign on (read live in the studio by Ted Schober) and sign off (via tape ... See more by Al Rettig) in April 1966 can be heard here. WHPH began with a "flamethrowing" 10 watts out of a single-ring antenna on the Hanover Twsp. Municipal Building in Whippany. It was on remote control from Hanover Park Regional High School in East Hanover. Kicking on the carrier consisted of throwing a single toggle switch in the bomb shelter-sized studio at the high school. The prime technical force behind getting WHPH on FM was Ted Schober, who was a 1st Phone licensee before he was out of high school. He did the frequency search and all the requisite paperwork himself, and was in his junior or senior year when he signed the station on. The station was highly supported by then-Principal Gerhard V. Kellner, who positively loved radio and was a fellow alumnus of Hammond High School's Jean Shepherd. The first news director at the station was Tony Russomanno. At the time, WHPH had tried (and failed) to get the Associated Press to donate a news teletype to the station, so Tony would buy the New York Times from his Uncle Charlie's ice cream store in Whippany (the only store in the area to carry the Times) and read news stories from the paper, over the air. Some famous people who got their start at WHPH include Andrew Orgel, John "Paul Henderson" Sliwa, Alan Parnow and the late Ron "LaFong" Maher, who was a naturally talented performer, who became a selfless supporter of community theater in Florida. In the 1970's, Whippany Park High School was built and a modest radio studio was designed into it so that they, too, could also originate WHPH programming live via the Municipal Building's transmitter. However, in 1971, WJSV (see above) signed on at 90.5 from Morristown and given the receiver technology at the time, WHPH was all but silenced, unless you were within a half-mile of the Municipal Building. Somehow, WHPH and WJSV worked out a share-time deal on the Morristown transmitter at 90.5, at which point WHPH abandoned the then-virtually useless 90.3. The share-time arrangement had its advantages, as it helped both school systems to maintain more airtime, and meet the revised FCC requirements for weekly hours on the air. This was all well and good until the Hanover Park Regional School Board decided that it wanted to eliminate a faculty advisor position, and for purely nasty, pecuniary political reasons, took WHPH off the air once and for all in the late 1980's. The FCC officially deleted this station in April 1990. Over the years, the station featured an Adult Contemporary and AOR format.

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I would love to listen now. I'm working in ND and can listen to the music, but not the games?? Roll Tide

Sept. 15, 2012, 6:28 p.m. GMT



I wish I COULD listen to it now, and more importantly wish I could HAVE listened to the game earlier! All I got was a few very suspicious things to download and permit whatever it was to enable itself to essentially take over my browser and search engine. I noticed some Japanese and probably German see more... writing in that mix, so there was NO WAY I was gonna allow some kinda WW-II stuff to take over my 'puter! Hey, "I'm Southern born and Southern bred, so go ahead and laugh... You can kiss my Alabama Crimson..."_ taken from Tonya Watts' "Alabama Crimson" with slight apology. I do now know the Tide won 45-21. RTR!!! My local Upstate SC radio (AM )station actually was broadcasting the AU game, which was incredibly bad! What's up?

Nov. 20, 2011, 6:07 a.m. GMT



Roll Tide!!! I'll be listening to Eli Gold again next Sat too! IF there should be any music very lightly bleeding through into the broadcast as happened tonight enough for me to recognize it was some Jackson Browne song (not bad!) then I personally hope it would be some Beatles song! Anybody down th see more... ere know Smilin' Ted? I sure miss him on the radio here in SC! Peace, Pat

Nov. 13, 2011, 4:39 a.m. GMT


Streema Team

You should listen to WHPH right now. It's a Oldies station from Jemison, AL, United States.

April 18, 2010, 2:04 p.m. GMT

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This station,my aunt's radio in B'ham, and our telephones have been great for giving me Alabama Crimson Tide football coverage that's always a wonderful blast! I love classic rock too, but can't say as I've heard the "menu" other than some from Nino's yet..

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