Be a DJ

Anyone can become a DJ at WHPK. Our DJs are students, alumni of the University, and members of our listening community. The only real requirement is that you have a love of music that's outside the mainstream, or a real interest in addressing issues that other stations' news or public affairs programs ignore.

If you're interested in doing a show at WHPK, we suggest you spend some time listening to our station first. That's the best way to get a feel for who we are, and a chance for you to figure out where you might fit in.

Unlike some college radio stations, WHPK is divided into formats. Rock, Jazz, Classical, Folk, International, Rap and Dance all focus on a particular musical genre.

Public Affairs programs are more varied, and include shows which feature live poetry, community issues, interviews, and international affairs. In addition, there are a few evening and weekend Specialty Shows, which concentrate on types of music not generally heard in the other formats.

How to Apply for a Show

To become a DJ at WHPK, you should contact the appropriate format chief for the type of show you'd like to do. If you're interested in applying to more than one format, please feel free to do so.

Music Shows

DJs should submit a playlist consisting of approximately two hours' worth of music to the appropriate format chief. The playlist should specify the artist, song title, and preferably label, of each piece of music you list. Keep in mind that WHPK's main priority is to bring its listeners unique and interesting music that wouldn't otherwise be heard on commercial radio outlets (or NPR). On the other hand, don't get too caught up in worrying about whether your playlist is absolutely perfect or not. Format Chiefs are looking for people who are excited about music and want to learn more. Enthusiasm is very much appreciated!

Public Affairs Shows

DJs should submit a show proposal to the Public Affairs Format Chief. The proposal should indicate with some degree of specificity what you'd like to focus on and how you'd go about organizing and presenting your show.

You may also get involved by joining our staff, volunteering, or making a donation.