KMHT (AM)

KMHT (1450 AM, 96.9 FM) is a terrestrial AM radio station, paired with an FM relay translator, broadcasting a sports format.

KMHT & KMHT-FM
KMHT-FM logo.jpg
CityMarshall, Texas
Broadcast areaLongview-Marshall area
FrequencyKMHT: 1450 kHz
KMHT-FM: 103.9 MHz
BrandingKMHT: ESPN Radio 1450
KMHT-FM: 103.9 Classic Country
Programming
FormatKMHT: Sports
KMHT-FM: Classic Country
AffiliationsKMHT: ESPN Radio
KMHT-FM: ABC Radio
Ownership
OwnerHanszen Broadcast Group, Inc.
KGAS, KGAS-FM, KWRD
History
First air date
KMHT: April 9, 1947
KMHT-FM: September 26, 1977
Former call signs
103.9: KZEY-FM (1994-2003)
Technical information
Facility IDKMHT: 72450
KMHT-FM: 72451
ClassKMHT: C
KMHT-FM: A
PowerKMHT: 650 watts
ERPKMHT-FM: 1,850 watts
HAATKMHT-FM: 129 meters
Transmitter coordinates
KMHT: 32°33′50″N 94°21′4″W / 32.56389°N 94.35111°W / 32.56389; -94.35111Coordinates: 32°33′50″N 94°21′4″W / 32.56389°N 94.35111°W / 32.56389; -94.35111
KMHT-FM: 32°33′50″N 94°21′4″W / 32.56389°N 94.35111°W / 32.56389; -94.35111
Translator(s)See § Translator
Links
Websiteeasttexastoday.com

KMHT-FM (103.9 FM) is a terrestrial FM radio station broadcasting a classic country format. Both facilities, as well as the translator, are licensed to Marshall in Harrison County, Texas, United States, and serve the Longview-Marshall area. The stations are currently owned by Hanszen Broadcast Group, Inc.[1]

The stations also broadcasts Marshall High School athletics as well as ETBU athletics, TSN (Texas State Network), Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Dallas Mavericks, the University of Texas Longhorn Athletics, and Texas A&M athletics.[2] Other area high school athletics that KMHT covers include Harleton, Karnack, and Waskom.

HistoryEdit

A group of local veterans returned to Marshall from World War II and took advantage of their right to first preferences of frequencies after the radio frequency freeze was lifted at the end of the war. In 1961, after 14 years of operation, KMHT AM was granted FCC permission to raise the daytime power from 250 watts to 1,000 watts. Shortly thereafter, the FCC approved the operation of 1000 Watts around the clock. A later move to a new transmitter site required lowering the power to 650 watts.

In the late 1990s, KMHT was given to Wiley College, a historically black four-year liberal arts institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church, by then owner professional boxer George Foreman.

Wiley College later sold the stations to Jerry Russell, a former member of the Tyler City Council. Russell wanted to use KMHT-FM as a repeater for his AM station, 690 KZEY (which has since gone silent), so KMHT-FM became KZEY-FM.

In August 2002, Hanszen Broadcast Group, Inc., purchased KMHT/KZEY and changed the FM back to KMHT-FM. In the fall of 2006, KMHT 1450 AM changed the format to ESPN Radio. The format includes local sports coverage as well as the network coverage. The KMHT-FM format stayed the same.

TranslatorEdit

Broadcast translators of KMHT
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license Facility
ID
ERP
(W)
Height
(m (ft))
Class Transmitter coordinates FCC info Notes
K245BW 96.9 Marshall, Texas 156968 205 117 m (384 ft) D 32°33′49″N 94°21′7″W / 32.56361°N 94.35194°W / 32.56361; -94.35194 FCC LMS First air date: September 26, 2014

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "KMHT Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ http://www.kmhtradio.com Archived 2006-07-10 at the Wayback Machine KMHT's Website

External linksEdit