WFHR
CityWisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
Broadcast areaWausau-Stevens Point area
Frequency1320 kHz
BrandingNews Sportstalk Radio AM 1320 WFHR
Programming
FormatNews Talk Information
AffiliationsCBS Radio, CBS Sports Radio, Westwood One
Ownership
OwnerHeart of Wisconsin Media LLC
WIRI WCWI
History
First air date
November 1, 1940
Call sign meaning
Willam ''F'Huffman Radio
Technical information
Facility ID73053
ClassB
Power5,000 watts day
500 watts night
Transmitter coordinates
44°24′56″N 89°50′6″W / 44.41556°N 89.83500°W / 44.41556; -89.83500
Links
Websitewfhr.com

WFHR (1320 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a News Talk Information format. Licensed to Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, United States, the station serves the Wausau-Stevens Point area.

History

The call letters were derived from William F Huffman Sr, owner of The Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune, which began broadcasting November 1, 1940. with a day & nighttime power of 250 watts, initially on 1310 kHz, moving to 1340 Khz in March 1941, remaining at that position until late 1959, when the move to the current frequency took place, increasing daytime power to 5,000 watts.

Over the years, WFHR's programming emphasis has been on Local News, Sports & Information, including the long-running "Kaffee Klatsch" morning call-in program, hosted by Arnie Strope and the Michaels and Morgan Show hosted by JD Michaels and Gary Morgan. Up until the mid 90s, WFHR's programming also included various music formats; from block programming in the '60s (mostly standards during the day, pop at night), to MOR/Adult Contemporary in the 1970s and early 1980s, along with several variations of Nostalgia and Oldies in the 1980s and early 1990s, using the programming services of Drake-Chenault and later TM Century. In 1980, WFHR began adding syndicated Talk programming to its roster with Larry King's late night Talk Show from Mutual Radio, switching to TalkNet From NBC in early 1984, then adding The Doctor Laura Schlessinger program to its afternoon line-up in the mid-1990s. A CBS Radio affiliate since the fall of 1972, the station initially carried Mutual News & Programming through the mid-1960s, and then, became an affiliate of the ABC Entertainment Network for a few years in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Some Mutual programming was carried in the early '80's due to an agreement to broadcast The Larry King Show.

Notable personalities that once worked at WFHR, include Veteran Milwaukee Broadcaster Gordon Hinkley, Television Sportscaster Jay Wilson, Newscaster Bill Bessette, Stand-up Comic Peter Greyy, and National Voice Artist Scott Chapin. The station is currently owned by Heart of Wisconsin Media LLC, and features programing from CBS Radio, CBS Sports Radio and Westwood One.[1]

References

  1. ^ "WFHR Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.