WTSL (1400 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station licensed to Hanover, New Hampshire, United States. It airs a classic hip-hop radio format and serves the Lebanon-Rutland-White River Junction area. The station is currently owned by Great Eastern Radio, LLC. WTSL also broadcasts Dartmouth College Big Green football and hockey games.
|City||Hanover, New Hampshire|
|Broadcast area||Lebanon-Hanover-White River Junction area|
|Translator(s)||97.5 W248DA (Hanover)|
|First air date||October, 1950|
|Format||Classic hip hop|
|Power||1,000 watts unlimited|
|Callsign meaning||Twin State Lebanon|
|Owner||Great Eastern Radio, LLC|
|Sister stations||WFYX, WHDQ, WGXL, WWOD, WTSV, WXXK|
In October 1950, WTSL first signed on. It was owned by Granite State Broadcasters and was powered at only 250 watts, a network affiliate of the Mutual Broadcasting System. In 1961, the daytime power was increased to 1,000 watts. In the 1980s, the nighttime power was also boosted to 1,000 watts.
In the June 1970, the station was acquired by Tri City Broadcasting. from Knight Quality Stations. Sound Citizens Communications bought the station in 1974. Up to this time, WTSL carried the NBC Radio Network news and music show Monitor, along with Boston Red Sox baseball, via an over-the-air feed from WGIR-FM in Manchester (as well nearby WTSV-FM (106.1) in Claremont, NH.. It aired a middle of the road music format. In the 1970s, WTSL dropped NBC, adding the CBS Radio Network and later, returning to the Mutual Broadcasting System as a secondary affiliation. This change would allow WTSL to switch from overnight music to talk with Larry King. After a period with Mutual, WTSL was asked to become the Primary affiliate in the Lebanon/ Hanover market, but turned it down. Mutual then moved to nearby WNHV AM/FM and WTSL joined ABC in order to carry Paul Harvey, which had been on WNHV. During this periood of time, the studios were co-located at it's Oak Ridge Road West Lebanon, NH transmitter site. Studio were moved to the downtown Lebanon mall along with then sister station WTSL-FM (now WGXL- FM). Several owners later, the station was purchased by Robert Frisch, moving his WXXK (orginaly on 101.7 FM however moving to 100.5 with the purchase of that facility) By this period of time, WTSL was all talk however with a strong local news presentation, Major newscasts morning, noon and pm drive. Mountain View Broadcasting held onto the WTSL, as well WGXL,WXXK and WVRR (the old WXXK facility @ 101.7) property until sold to Clear Channel. During the time, WTSL held onto the rights to Red Sox baseball(since then baseball has moved to Great Eastern Properitys @ 93.9 and 106.7) WTSL never had a FM translator until 2018.
In 2007, Clear Channel Communications (now iHeartMedia) bought WTSL, keeping it a talk radio format, but adding Rush Limbaugh, taking the program from WNTK-FM. Rush stayed on WTSL until it was sold again in the 2010s, it was acquired by Great Eastern Radio. Rush returned to WNTK, which had now began WUVR. Great Easterwhich flipped it to a sports radio format, simulcast with sister station 1230 WTSV in nearby Claremont, New Hampshire, using the ESPN Radio Network.
On June 12, 2018 WTSL dropped the ESPN sports format and began stunting with "Rapper's Delight" by the Sugarhill Gang, in preparation of launching new translator W248DA 97.5 FM Hanover. (1230 WTSV continues with the sports format.)
- "WTSL reception verification" (PDF). December 31, 1958. Retrieved May 17, 2014.
- "WTSL Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
- Broadcasting Yearbook 1951 page 202
- Broadcasting Yearbook 1984 page B-162
- Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2010 page D-356
- WTSL Stunting With Rapper's Delight Radioinsight - June 13, 2018
- Hot 97 Brings Classic Hip-Hop to Upper Connecticut valley Radioinsight - June 21, 2018
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WTSL
- Radio-Locator Information on WTSL
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WTSL
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