Since July 4, 2015 WHCP, 101.5 FM has been the MidShore’s only local noncommercial FM station reaching an estimated 2,000 local listeners weekly, and streaming listeners online in 33 countries and 25 states. 100% our ongoing operating funds come from our listeners and local businesses. WHCP is unique as the area’s only volunteer supported community radio station – driven solely by the passion of our volunteer Board, managers, and on-air hosts.
WHCP was founded by former NPR CTO Mike Starling, who has served as the founding station manager and chief engineer since inception. His belief in the power and importance of community radio was shared by former commercial and public radio colleagues nationwide. When they learned of Mike’s “retirement plans” for Cambridge Community Radio, the donations poured in and WHCP began operations with the blessing of two well appointed studios of previously owned, but still state of the art broadcast equipment.
Our mission is to provide the area with diverse music, thoughtful information and public affairs programs of the highest quality. WHCP is committed to programs that entertain, educate and inform in a lively, varied, and sensitive way. We help listeners explore, celebrate, and stay informed about the world and our local Cambridge community.
As part of a national program exchange, WHCP offers programs from such highly respected producers such as Women in Music, This American Life, Global Village, Folk Alley, Open Source and many more.
WHCP brings listeners acclaimed local news and information programs like MidShore MidDay. Our locally produced programs feature Blues, Jazz, Indie, Country, Celtic, and even Hip Hop music, not to mention our collaborations with the Dorchester Banner (the Banner News Minute), and the Dorchester Historical Society (Shore Stories).
WHCP is especially proud of the role we play in sponsoring cultural events throughout our listening area (New Year’s Eve Boat Drop, Cambridge Farmer’s Market, Horn Point Open House, Vienna Tomato Festival, Easton Amateur Radio Society Field Day, etc.). Our web offerings include on demand streaming at SoundCloud, worldwide streaming at whcp.org and provides ongoing information on regional events through the Community Calendar. Download the WHCP app from either major App Store and listen anytime, anywhere with a single click. We also sponsor internships for students from Chesapeake College and both North Dorchester, and Cambridge South Dorchester. Several of our interns have gone on to professional careers in the electronic media industry.
WHCP also operates the MidShore Reader, a radio reading service for the Blind and print disabled, providing round the clock local readings of books, newspapers, and magazines. Our local readings are supplemented by high quality readings of national publications and best seller books from the Washington Metropolitan Ear, one of the nation’s oldest radio reading services based in Silver Spring, MD.
WHCP is more than a radio station; it is a community builder throughout the MidShore. “We Help Cambridge Prosper!” sums up our mission. We strive daily to be one part of what makes Cambridge such a “Great Place to Be!”