WBFH-FM, the longtime radio station run out of Bloomfield Hills High School, is celebrating 40 years on the air this year. The station, better known to listeners as “The Biff,” celebrated its anniversary with a dedication ceremony for its new studio at the new Bloomfield Hills High School this past Saturday, April 16.
WBFH general manager and electronic media teacher Pete Bowers, who has been with the station since it started in 1976, told G&G Newspapers that he has seen it undergo many changes over the years, from playing records and cassettes to using hard drives and computers to play music.
Over the years, the station has been nationally recognized, most recently earning 21 awards from the 76th annual International Radio and Webcasting Conference, including four first-place awards, and was a finalist for Best High School Radio Station.
The Biff has been honored five times over the last eight years with the High School Radio Station of the Year Award from the MAB Foundation Student Broadcast Awards. In addition, its student staff has won numerous awards over the years.
Among the alumni of the station are Detroit television personalities JoAnne Purtan and Heather Catallo, as well as Jake Neher, former Michigan Public Radio Network reporter who is now with WDET-FM (Detroit).