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Broadcast areaLexington Metropolitan Area
Frequency102.5 MHz
BrandingHOT 102.5
FormatTop 40 (CHR)
AffiliationsWestwood One
First air date
1988 (as WCKU)
Former call signs
WCKU (1988-1994)
WLRO (1994-1995)
Call sign meaning
W LexingTOn
Technical information
Facility ID11673
ERP4,600 watts
HAAT113.7 meters (373 ft)
WebcastListen live

WLTO (102.5 FM HOT 102.5) is a commercial radio station licensed to Nicholasville, Kentucky and serving the Lexington radio market. It is owned by Cumulus Media and broadcasts a Top 40 - CHR radio format. The radio studios and offices are inside Kincaid Towers in downtown Lexington, and its transmitter is just south of the Fayette/Jessamine county line on Brannon Road.[1]

The current line up on the station is "The Bert Show," based in Atlanta, in the morning. Jay Michaels hosts middays, Colin Matthews (Program Director) afternoons and the syndicated Elliot and Nina nights.


WLTO originally signed on the air in 1988 as an urban contemporary outlet with the call sign WCKU (U102). By early 1994 the station flipped to classic rock as WLRO, only to later switch directions to oldies as WLTO.

In 2001, the station flipped to classic country as "US 102." The WLTO call letters remained on the station.

But that would all change in August 2004 when the station flipped to mainstream Top 40, later evolving into a Rhythmic Contemporary direction. As of 2017, although reported as having a rhythmic contemporary format, the station plays the majority of Top 40 hits, not played on most other rhythmic stations. It was the home to the Dallas-based "The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show" for Central Kentucky. On July 24, 2017, according to All, WLTO changed its Mediabase reporting panel from Rhythmic to Top 40.

Previous logos

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