The Bloomfield Hills School District’s radio station WBFH-FM 88.1, also known as “The Biff", will begin broadcasting its 31st Annual 24-Hour Marathon Broadcast at 7 a.m. Friday, March 30, 2007. The annual pledge drive is entitled “Biffstock” and will continue until 7 a.m. Saturday, March 31. During the live broadcast, WBFH students will be collecting money and pledges from listeners in the community to help underwrite radio station operating costs.
“This is a great way to support local student broadcasters who provide a real service to the community”, said WBFH Marathon Chair and Andover Senior Wade Fink. All 21 WBFH staff students from Andover and Lahser will be on the air live throughout the 24 hours, some staying up for the whole event.
There are three levels of support: Backstage Pass ($100 or more), Pavilion ($50-$100), and Lawn ($25-$50). Listeners who would like to be an underwriter can do so by calling (248) 341-WBFH. They can also stop by the station located at Andover High School (4200 Andover Road) during the marathon. They can also fax in the pledges at (248) 341-5679, or e-mail their pledges from the link on the WBFH website (www.wbfh.fm).
WBFH, which can be heard at 88.1 on the FM dial or online at www.wbfh.fm, is licensed to the Board of Education of the Bloomfield Hills School District. The community radio station is operated by radio broadcasting students from Andover High School and Lahser High School under the supervision of the WBFH management team of Pete Bowers, Station Manager, Randy Carr, Assistant Station Manager/Chief Engineer, and Ron Wittebols, Remote Supervisor/Webmaster.
WBFH has been honored with both national and state recognition this school year. The Biff won 1st Place, Best High School Radio Station in a national competition entitled The John Drury High School Radio Awards March 3rd. WBFH students won nine state broadcasting awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters at their awards ceremony March 14th. It was the fifth year in a row that WBFH had won or tied for the most awards/points in that statewide competition.
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