WHBT-FM
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Broadcast areaHampton Roads
Northeastern North Carolina
Frequency92.1 FM MHz
(HD Radio)
Branding92-1 The Beat
Programming
FormatClassic hip hop/Urban AC
Subchannels
Ownership
Owner
WMOV-FM, WNOH, WOWI
History
First air date
October 17, 1974 (1974-10-17)
Former call signs
WJLY (1974–1979)
WQZQ (1979–1990)
WOFM (1990)
WTZR (1990–1991)
WMYK (1991–1997)
WSVV (1997–2001)
WBHH (2001–2004)
WCDG (2004–2010)
WKSA (2010–2015)
Call sign meaning
W Hampton (Roads) BeaT
Technical information
Facility ID70345
ClassC3
Power14,500 Watts
HAAT131 meters (430 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
36°37′38.0″N 76°13′7.0″W / 36.627222°N 76.218611°W / 36.627222; -76.218611
Links
WebcastWHBT-FM Webstream
HD2: Listen Live
WebsiteWHBT-FM Online

WHBT-FM is a classic hip hop formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Moyock, North Carolina, serving Hampton Roads and Northeastern North Carolina.[1] WHBT-FM is owned and operated by iHeartMedia.[2]

WHBT-FM broadcasts in the HD Radio (hybrid) format.[3]

History

The station originally signed on October 17, 1974 as WJLY, which played a variety of genres, but signed off in 1978 due to financial issues.[4] It signed back on as Top 40-formatted WQZQ in 1989.[5] It later changed to country, adult contemporary as WOFM and AAA formats. On July 16, 1990, it flipped to the satellite-fed Z-Rock network as WTZR.[6][7][8]

In June 1991, the station was sold to Willis Broadcasting who changed the calls to WMYK and instituted an Urban AC format as "The New 92.1 Kiss FM".[9] On August 9, 1996, after Clear Channel purchased the station, WMYK flipped to a Crossover format, which failed in the ratings; after this, the format shifted to a harder-edged urban as "The New K92" not to be confused with Roanoke's K92. On July 3, 1997, WMYK flipped to a simulcast of sister station WSVY, which aired a Jammin' Oldies format, and was branded as "Vibe 107.7 and 92.1".[10] The format would later shift back to their Urban AC roots. On February 1, 2001, 92.1 split from the simulcast and returned to urban as WBHH, "92.1 The Beat".[11] On March 1, 2003, the station dropped its hip hop format and started simulcasting a Soft AC format with former smooth jazz sister station WJCD; the two stations together were known as "Lite FM", and WBHH adopted the call letters WCDG on March 9, 2004.[12][13]

On August 12, 2005, to fill the hole left when crosstown oldies WFOG switched to adult contemporary the month prior, WCDG broke away from the simulcast and became Oldies-formatted "Cool 92.1". The first song played was Bill Deal and the Rhondels' "What Kind of Fool (Do You Think I Am)".[14]

On October 11, 2010, WCDG and WJCD became simulcasts again when WKUS moved from 105.3 to 107.7 and the 105.3 frequency became "Magic 105.3" with an AC-themed Classic Hits format. The move meant the end for WCDG's Oldies format and WJCD's smooth jazz format.[15][16] On October 27, 2010, WCDG changed their call letters to WKSA. On March 31, 2011, WKUS broke away from its simulcast of WKSA to become Rhythmic AC WMOV (MOViN' 107.7) after that station received a signal upgrade to cover the area.[17]

On December 26, 2014, at 10 a.m., WKSA began stunting as "Missy FM," featuring music recorded by Portsmouth-born artist Missy Elliott, who also did imaging and voice overs, as well as Timbaland and Aaliyah. On January 5, 2015, at 9 a.m., WKSA flipped to classic hip hop and returned to the "Beat" branding.[18][19][20] On January 22, 2015, WKSA changed their call letters to WHBT-FM to match the "Beat" branding.

References

  1. ^ "Arbitron Station Information Profiles". Nielsen Audio/Nielsen Holdings. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  2. ^ "WHBT Facility Record". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  3. ^ http://hdradio.com/station_guides/widget.php?id=40 HD Radio Guide for Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Newport News
  4. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-BC-YB/1977/C-2%20Radio%20Broadcasting%20Yearbook%201977.pdf[dead link]
  5. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-BC-YB/1981/Cb%20Facilities%20of%20Radio%201981%20N-Z.pdf[dead link]
  6. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-RandR/1990s/1990/RR-1990-07-20.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  7. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-BC-YB/1991/B-Radio-NE-MT-1991-B&W.pdf[dead link]
  8. ^ Pryweller, Joseph (July 17, 1990). "Station WOFM Changes Format to Heavy Metal". Daily Press. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  9. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-BC-YB/1994/B-Radio-NE-Ter-BC-YB-1994-B&W.pdf[dead link]
  10. ^ HighBeam
  11. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-BC-YB/2002-03/A-Radio-NE-TER-BC-YB-2002-3.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  12. ^ HighBeam
  13. ^ HighBeam
  14. ^ HighBeam
  15. ^ "Smooth jazz format dropped in Clear Channel radio shuffle" from Daily Press October 11, 2010
  16. ^ "Three Way Format Change in Norfolk/Virginia Beach".
  17. ^ "107.7 WKUS Norfolk Movin Towards a Divorce".
  18. ^ "WKSA Norfolk Flips to Classic Hip-Hop".
  19. ^ "WKSA-Norfolk flips to 92.1 the Beat – THE URBAN BUZZ".
  20. ^ "WKSA Becomes Classic Hip-Hop the Beat". 5 January 2015.