TOP TEN BLUES for June 2023

Please join Highway 61 for the best in new Blues releases and local area Artists' music every Friday, 2pm until 4pm, with host DJ~KittyLuv;) 'making~waves'.

Here is our latest Top Ten Blues new releases being aired at WHFR-FM 89.3:

1. MIKE BOURNE BAND FEATURING JOHNNY BURGIN: Cruisin' Kansas City (Blue Heart Records)
2. JOANNA CONNOR: Best of Me (Gulf Coast Records)
3. SELWYN BIRCHWOOD: Exorcist (Alligator Records)
4. BOB CORRITORE AND FRIENDS: Women In Blues Showcase (SWAMF / VizzTone Label Group)
5. JOE KROWN: Tribute (Sledgehammer Blues)
6. DOUG DEMING AND THE JEWEL TONES: Groovin' at Groove Now! (Endless Blues)
7. GAYE ADEGBALOLA: Satisfied- An Anthology (VizzTone Label Group)
8. LIL' JIMMY REED WITH BEN LEVIN: Back To Baton Rouge (Nola Blue Records)
9. ALLY VENABLE: Real Gone (Ruf)
10. MIKE GULDIN AND ROLLIN' AND TUMBLIN': The Franklin Sessions (Blue Heart Records)


WHFR Blues Music Director

The Music of George M. Cohen and "Yankee Doodle Dandy" on "Big Band, Broadway, and Beyond" Fri, 06/30/2023

Join us this morning at 10:00 a.m. on a special 4th of July holiday edition of "Big Band, Broadway, and Beyond" as your host Joe Sullivan will feature music from the iconic film "Yankee Doodle Dandy" featuring James Cagney and the popular patriotic music of George M Cohen. Enjoy, and have a happy and safe holiday!

Peter Brotzmann, Free Jazz Legend Dies At 82

They called his playing "ferocious" and since his debut in 1967, Peter Brotzmann set a standard for free jazz that would influence countless saxophonists and delight listeners, not only in jazz but musics across many genres as well. Peter was uncompromising from the start to finish, playing a wide range of saxophones as well as clarinet and the Hungarian Taragato. He was a featured artist at many of the avant-garde jazz festivals across the world.


In case you were wondering what Juneteenth was all about, here is a little info. Juneteenth is a federal holiday in the United States which commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. Although it has a few names, Juneteenth National Independence Day, is a combination of the words June and Nineteenth which is the day that Major General Gordon Granger gave the order proclaiming the freedom of the enslaved peoples of Texas. For whatever way you celebrate, observe, or reflect on Juneteenth, WHFR would like to say happy Juneteenth to all of our loyal listeners.

Happy Father's Day

To all of the fathers on our WHFR staff and to our dads, uncles, grandpas, brothers, and father figures who are loyal listeners, we wish you a Happy Father's Day!

'Detroit Flock City' Kickoffs June 20th

Detroit Flock City is a new show committed to highlighting emerging homegrown acts, introducing listeners to Michigan musicians from a variety of genres that span many decades, while providing greater exposure to the current Motor City music scene. You’ll hear garage rock to Detroit country, psychedelic to Motown, all genres welcome! During each weekly show, host Local Ladybird will run down the calendar of events during a brief segment recommending some of the hot shows happening in the area the week of. Tune into Detroit Flock City with host Local Ladybird Tuesdays from 4 - 6 pm., on the only station making waves, WHFR Dearborn.

'The House That Jack Swing Built' Moves to 8:00pm Fridays

The House That Jack Swing Built is temporarily closed while we pack up our crates of music and move to a new day and time! The House That Jack Swing Built moves to Fridays at 8:00pm beginning June 16th. We are also knocking down walls to expand our rooms with so much love to fill up your hearts.
Also, please join Missy J on June 23rd for an on-air celebration of the 60th anniversary of The Great March to Freedom where over 125,000 individuals marched for Civil Rights in Detroit and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. first delivered the "I Have A Dream" speech at Cobo Hall on June 23rd, 1963. The House That Jack Swing Built: Continuing to bring great music and information while branching out farther into the community on the station that always makes waves… WHFR 89.3FM!

Upcoming Sunday Mysteries ~ June 4th

You know the voice if you’ve ever watched a Rocky & Bullwinkle cartoon or old enough to remember his role as a TV detective in Cannon or Jake and the Fatman. It's estimated, though, that he played some 7,500 roles in radio! That included narrator of the CBS series Escape and as Marshall Matt Dillon on radio's Gunsmoke...but that's not all! On WHFR's Sunday Night Mysteries, you'll hear Conrad arguing with the Director (in character) on CBS Radio Workship's "A Matter of Logic." You'll hear him introducing Ray Bradbury's "Mars is Heaven" and finally as part of a tense Suspense show, "The Man Who Threw Acid" from 1956.
Televison had already won the public over in the 1950s, but CBS Radio was still producing great radio drama. You'll hear it as always on Sunday 6/04/23 starting at 9PM ET on WHFR'S Sunday Night Mysteries. 89.3 in the Detroit area or whfr.fm on your streaming device.

"WHFR Journal" - Tomorrow at 1pm - State of the City, College Bound, and more!

Tune in to this week’s WHFR Journal on Friday, June 2 for an interview with Tirria Kendred, HFC Director of K-12 Relations and Tracy Perry, HFC Director of Admissions and Recruiting as they share details on this summer’s exciting new College Bound – The Hawk Advantage program for prospective new college students. Also, in case you missed it live, hear a special broadcast of Dearborn Mayor Abdullah Hammoud’s first State of the City address that took place on May 23, 2023.

We Are Not Alone, Monday, June 5, 2023. 2-3PM EST.

Our guest today is Preston Dennett. Preston began investigating UFOs and the paranormal in 1986 when he discovered that his family, friends, and co-workers were having dramatic unexplained encounters. For a link to all archived shows, go to: https://whfr.fm/station/programs/malt-shop-we-are-not-alone-0. For the latest show archives: click the “Talk Shows” button on the home page then “We Are Not Alone.”

TOP TEN BLUES for May 2023

Please join Highway 61 for the best in new Blues releases and local area Artists' music every Friday, 2pm until 4pm, with host DJ~KittyLuv;) 'making~waves'.

Here is our latest Top Ten Blues new releases being aired at WHFR-FM 89.3:

1. BOB CORRITORE AND FRIENDS: Women In Blues Showcase (SWAMF / VizzTone Label Group)
2. LIL' JIMMY REED WITH BEN LEVIN: Back To Baton Rouge (Nola Blue Records)
3. JOE KROWN: Tribute (Sledgehammer Blues)
4. ALLY VENABLE: Real Gone (Ruf)
5. DEUCE 'N A QUARTER: Keep Moving On (SELF)
6. PLANET D NONET: Blues To Be There: A Salute To Duke Ellington (Eastlawn Records)
7. JIMMIE BRATCHER: Far Enough (Ain't Skeert Tunes)
8. IVAN NEVILLE: Touch My Soul (Mascot Label Group / The Funk Garage)
9. ANA POPOVIC: Power (ArtisteXclusive Records)
10. JOHNNY KING AND FRIENDS: Call It Confusion (Sol Island Music)


WHFR Blues Music Director

Culture Collections Premiere

Culture Collections is a combination of international, easy listening, adult contemporary, and everything in between musical format, with a unique flare that blends a colorful taste of a century’s worth of music. Culture Collections, hosted by June Williams, will premiere on June 10, 2023, and will air every Saturday afternoon, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, on WHFR-FM 89.3 Making Waves.

All That Jazz

AllThatJazzAt WHFR, we are constantly getting new music. Some of our most recent adds are shared with us by our Jazz Music Director:

Artist: Sylvie Courvoisier & Cory Smythe
Album: The Rite of Spring
Label: Pyroclastic Record

       Pianists Sylvie Courvoisier and Cory Smythe join forces for an interpretation of the monumental piece by composer Igor Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring. The two pianists here are known for their creative and boundary expanding forays on piano and take this classic piece of Stravinsky to new heights, including passages of free improvisation and extended techniques for piano.

Artist: Matt Mitchell
Album: Oblong Aplomb
Label: Out of Your Heads Records

       On this two-cd set, pianist Matt Mitchell performs with a different drummer/percussionist on each cd. First up is Kate Gentile who joins Mitchell in a set of highly charged excursions into composed and improvised music. CD two finds Mitchell with longtime associate Ches Smith who plays not only drums but vibraphone, marimba and other percussion instruments.

Artist: Ingrid Laubrock
Album: The Last Quiet Place
Label: Pyroclastic Records

       Ingrid has long been known as a creative force on tenor and soprano saxophones and has established herself as a brilliant composer in recent years. This set includes a string quartet of sorts, that being violin, cello, guitar and double bass. The music flows seamlessly from beautiful written passages to creative excursions into the avant-garde.

WHFR is happy to expand our library with submissions like the top jazz adds listed above. If you are interested in sending your music to WHFR, please click "Send Us Your New Music" to display all information needed to submit your content for airplay consideration. On behalf of WHFR, we thank you for supporting the station and helping us continue "Making Waves."

WHFR Journal This Friday, May 26, 1pm-2pm

Tune in to the WHFR Journal, Friday, May 26th, at 1pm as we feature a chat with Dr. Brad Romans. Dr. Romans is the new Dean of Henry Ford College’s School of Liberal Arts. He’ll cover his experience and interests related to liberal arts and his vision for the school moving forward. For the second half, Dr Ali Bazzi, Superintendent of Schools for the nearby Star Academy is building a radio station for his students! His inspiration came to him in a dream and today he’s making it a reality. Hear the behind the scenes details as this educational professional relates it in our WHFR studios.

Memorial Day Programming

eagle On Memorial Day, we pay tribute to those who sacrificed so we could live in freedom. We are thankful for those who have served, and we are thinking of those who have lost people they love. WHFR commemorates Memorial Day during Roll and Tumble Take 2 (airing 4-6pm, featuring BLUES, R&B, EARLY ROCK 1951-1971 & BEYOND) and Hotwax Radio (airing 8-11pm, featuring MUSIC VARIETY). These shows will feature special memorials and songs with memorial in the title.

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