WHAK (AM)

WHAK (960 AM) is a radio station airing a news-talk format, licensed to Rogers City, Michigan. The station is owned by Edwards Communications,[2] and is part of a simulcast with 1110 WJML in Petoskey, Michigan, WJNL 1210 in Kingsley, Michigan, WWMN 106.3 in Thompsonville, Michigan, and WYPV 94.5 in Mackinaw City, Michigan.

WHAK
CityRogers City, Michigan
BrandingWJML News Radio
SloganNorthern Michigan's Information Station
Frequency960 kHz
First air dateMay 1949[1]
FormatNews-Talk
Power5,000 watts day
136 watts night
ClassD
Facility ID29286
Transmitter coordinates45°23′53″N 83°55′16″W / 45.398°N 83.921°W / 45.398; -83.921Coordinates: 45°23′53″N 83°55′16″W / 45.398°N 83.921°W / 45.398; -83.921
OwnerEdwards Communications
WebcastListen Live
Websitewjml.com

HistoryEdit

The station began broadcasting in May 1949, and originally ran 1,000 watts, during daytime hours only.[1][3] The station's power was increased to 5,000 watts in 1953.[3] The station aired a MOR format in the 1970s and 1980s.[4][5] By 1990, the station had begun airing a country music format.[6] In 1997, the station began to simulcast 99.9 WHAK-FM, airing country music programming from Westwood One.[7] In 1999, 99.9 WHAK adopted an oldies format, ending the simulcast.[8]

The station was taken silent in October 2000.[9] In October 2001, the station returned to the air, airing a talk radio format as a full-time affiliate of the Michigan Talk Radio Network.[10] In 2005, the station began airing a country music format, as "Thunder Country", simulcasting 100.7 WWTH in Oscoda, Michigan.[9][11] When WWTH adopted a classic rock format in 2012, WHAK began airing a classic hits format, simulcasting 99.9 WHAK-FM.[9] By 2016, the station had adopted a conservative talk format, as "Your Patriot Voice".[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b 1971 Broadcasting Yearbook, Broadcasting, 1971. p. B-107. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  2. ^ AM Query Results: WHAK, fcc.gov. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  3. ^ a b History Cards for WHAK, fcc.gov. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  4. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1977, Broadcasting, 1977. p. C-108. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  5. ^ Broadcasting/Cablecasting Yearbook 1984, Broadcasting/Cablecasting, 1984. p. B-133. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  6. ^ The Broadcasting Yearbook 1990, Broadcasting, 1990. p. B-162. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  7. ^ "Format Changes & Updates", The M Street Journal. Vol. 14 No. 15. April 16, 1997. p. 2. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  8. ^ "Format Changes & Updates", The M Street Journal. Vol. 14 No. 15. July 7, 1999. p. 2. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  9. ^ a b c d WHAK AM 960 Rogers City, Michiguide.com. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  10. ^ "Format Changes & Updates", The M Street Journal. Vol. 18 Issue 29. October 17, 2001. p. 6. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  11. ^ "Thunder Country 100.7FM 94.1FM 960AM". WWTH. Archived from the original on May 5, 2007. Retrieved August 14, 2018.

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