WLTI
Broadcast areaHenry County, Indiana
Frequency1550 kHz
Programming
FormatClassic country
AffiliationsReal Country
Ownership
Owner
WMDH-FM
History
First air date
November 14, 1960[1]
Former call signs
WCTW (19??-1991), WMDH (1991-2010)
Call sign meaning
Parked from the current WKLZ
Technical information
Facility ID43435
ClassB
Power250 watts

WLTI is a radio station licensed to New Castle, Indiana which serves the Henry County, Indiana, radio market. It is a Real Country affiliate, which is a 24/7 format distributed by Cumulus Media Networks, a subsidiary of WLTI's owner, Cumulus Media. This station operates at an effective radiated power of 250 watts on AM frequency 1550 kHz. During the day, WLTI broadcasts with an omnidirectional pattern; at night, it broadcasts with a directional signal to the southeast and southwest, to protect Class-A clear-channel stations CBEF Windsor, Ontario and XERUV-AM Xalapa, Mexico.

Originally known for many years as WCTW airing traditional middle of the road programming, the station changed call letters to WMDH in 1991 to match up with its FM sister station. For many years, WMDH featured a news/talk format followed by a long stint as Adult standards with programming supplied by The Music of Your Life 24/7 satellite format and later with Citadel Media's Timeless Classics.

In early 2010 Timeless ceased operations, forcing WMDH to change format. In early 2010, WMDH flipped to a gold-heavy country format to complement its sister station, WMDH-FM, utilizing Citadel Media's Real Country format. In 2010, Citadel Broadcasting opted to retain the call letters of a station that changed format in Syracuse, NY to keep for future use. The FCC does not allow stations to retain call letters that are not on a station's licensed, Citadel decided to 'park' them temporarily on WMDH. As a result, on March 19, 2010, 1550 AM became WLTI. The existing classic country format remained in place. Citadel merged with Cumulus Media on September 16, 2011.[2]

The WCTW call letters are now used at an FM station in Hudson, New York. The WMDH-FM call letters continue to be used on WLTI's sister station in New Castle.

References

  1. ^ "The Indiana Radio Archive - Stations - WLTI". indianaradio.net.
  2. ^ "Cumulus now owns Citadel Broadcasting". Atlanta Business Journal. September 16, 2011. Retrieved September 16, 2011.

Coordinates: 39°55′57″N 85°24′24″W / 39.93250°N 85.40667°W / 39.93250; -85.40667