Nassau Community College’s Radio Station, WHPC 90.3 FM, Celebrates 50 Years on the Air

Live Special Event Broadcast on Thursday, October 27

October 24, 2022 Garden City, NY - WHPC 90.3 FM, The Voice of Nassau Community College, will celebrate its golden anniversary Thursday, October 27, the exact date of the station’s very first broadcast in 1972.  The live in-studio celebration will run from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and includes interviews with special invited guests, including elected officials and former staff members.  

Invited guests expected to attend include:

  • Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman

  • Town of Hempstead Supervisor Don Clavin

  • Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jennifer DeSena

  • Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph S. Saladino

  • “Donna Donna” formerly of 102.3 WBAB

  • Sean Lynch of Max 103.1

  • Rob Rush of 94.3 The Shark

  • Nassau Community College Graduates, Administration & Trustees

“Fifty years ago, WHPC was broadcasting a few hours a day and just in Nassau County. Today we are on-air 24/7/365 and can be heard worldwide on multiple apps and platforms,” said WHPC Station Director Shawn Novatt. “WHPC continues to evolve thanks to the creativity and dedication of the students and community volunteers that have made a significant impact over the past five decades. Today, we honor our past and celebrate our future. Happy Anniversary 90.3 WHPC!”

“WHPC provided an academic experience that was fun! As a student volunteer at the station, I discovered the strength of my own resiliency and the value of discipline. WHPC truly is one of the best college radio stations,” said former WHPC staff member and NCC alumnus Ed Robinson.

Nassau Community College’s radio station is home to approximately 100 volunteers, most of whom are SUNY Nassau students.  Its programming includes sports, entertainment and informational shows, including a variety of music shows featuring pop, rock, hip-hop, country, sports talk, polka and Caribbean, Spanish and Italian music.  The station can be heard at 90.3 FM and worldwide through the iHeartRadio, Audacy, TuneIn, and ‘WHPC’ apps, as well as on Amazon Alexa and Google Home devices (say “Play WHPC!”). It is the only college radio station in Nassau and Suffolk to broadcast in high definition.

Recently WHPC 90.3 FM was named one of five finalists for a Marconi Award in the category of “College Radio Station of the Year” by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).  WHPC was the only Community College, and non-University radio station nominated for the award. This was the second nomination for WHPC for this award, one it was first nominated for in 2019.   Additionally, WHPC and NCC have been nominated in the Best of Long Island Awards. Individuals can vote once per day until December 15, 2022 at

About Nassau Community College

Nassau Community College, a campus of the State University of New York, provides a comprehensive public college experience designed to transform lives through higher education. Serving 14,000 full-time, part-time and continuing education students, NCC offers more than 80 programs that lead to the associate’s degree or certificate. Through on-campus and online offerings, the College educates local and international students, and boasts 168,000 alumni. Situated on 225 acres in Garden City, Long Island, the college grounds reside in historic Nassau County, one of the most desirable locations to live in the United States and an epicenter for business and careers. Since 1959, NCC has earned a nationwide reputation for academic excellence, affordability, and ease of transferability to four-year schools.

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