WMKS
Hits 100.3 logo.jpg
Broadcast areaPiedmont Triad
Frequency100.3 MHz (HD Radio)
BrandingHits 100.3
Programming
FormatTop 40 (CHR)
SubchannelsHD2: iHeartRadio Broadway
Ownership
Owner
WPTI, WMAG, WVBZ, WTQR
History
First air date
June 1953 (1953-06) (as WNOS-FM)
Former call signs
WNOS-FM (1953–1975)
WGLD (1975–1985)
WOJY (1985–1989)
WWWB (1989–1994)
WFXF (1994–1995)
WHSL-FM (1995–2001)
WUBZ (2001)
WVBZ (2001–2014)[1]
Call sign meaning
"Kiss" (previous branding)
Technical information
Facility ID74204
ClassC
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT316 meters (1,037 ft)
Construction Permit:
548 meters (1,798 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
35°58′8.40″N 79°49′30.00″W / 35.9690000°N 79.8250000°W / 35.9690000; -79.8250000
Construction permit:
35°52′2.10″N 79°49′26.30″W / 35.8672500°N 79.8239722°W / 35.8672500; -79.8239722
Links
WebcastListen Live
HD2: Listen Live
Websitehitscarolina.iheart.com

WMKS (100.3 FM, "Hits 100.3"), is a rhythmic leaning Top 40 (CHR) radio station licensed to High Point, North Carolina, that serves the Piedmont Triad region, including Greensboro and Winston-Salem. The iHeartMedia, Inc. outlet broadcasts at 100.3 MHz with an ERP of 100 kW. It has studio facilities and offices located on Pai Park in Greensboro, and a transmitter site is located south of Greensboro in unincorporated Guilford County.

History

Early years

This station signed on the air in June 1953 as WNOS-FM.[2] In October 1975, Bernie Mann bought WNOS and WNOS-FM. He changed the FM station's letters to WGLD and the format to beautiful music, also increasing the power to 100,000 watts and building a new 400-foot tower.[3]

In 1985, the WGLD letters and format moved to 1320 AM and the station became WOJY "Joy 100", a satellite MOR station.[citation needed] In 1989, WOJY changed to soft adult contemporary with the new name WWWB "B-100".[2] For a year starting in 1994, the station was WFXF "100.3 the Fox", a hit-oriented classic rock station.[4] Then the station became WHSL "Whistle 100", playing country music.[5] In 1999, WHSL became one of the first country music stations to air John Boy and Billy, which had previously been designed for classic rock stations.[6] Around New Year's Day 2001, the station took over the rock format previously heard on WXRA, calling itself WVBZ "100.3 the Buzzard", keeping John Boy and Billy. This arrangement lasted until early 2009, when it changed its moniker to "The Buzz" and shifted its music towards active rock.

100.3 KISS-FM

Logo used as 100.3 KISS FM from January 2014 to November 2020
Logo used as 100.3 KISS FM from January 2014 to November 2020

The Buzz moved to 105.7 FM on January 1, 2014 at 5pm, taking the spot of sister station WMKS. WVBZ adopted the Top 40 format of its predecessor, and later rebranded as "100.3 KISS-FM."[7][8] On January 3, 2014, the call letters switched to WMKS.[1]

Prior to 2018, WMKS aired Fred & Angi from WKSC-FM Chicago in the morning. The station had no morning DJs until adding Ace and TJ May 28, 2019.[9]

Hits 100.3

On October 29, 2020, WMKS dropped the "Kiss-FM" branding and began promoting "The New Sound of 100.3" coming on November 2, at Noon. At said time, after playing "This Is What You Came For" by Calvin Harris, WMKS rebranded as "Hits 100.3", promising to be commercial free on weekends. The first song on "Hits" was "What's Poppin" by Jack Harlow. The new format leans rhythmic, and the new station claimed that listeners of hip hop-formatted 102 Jamz like only one in four songs played on that station, and that Mainstream CHR-formatted WKZL has too many commercials.[10]

References

  1. ^ a b "Call Sign History". Retrieved 2014-01-07.
  2. ^ a b "Raleigh-Durham FM Dial". Archived from the original on 2003-02-01. Retrieved 2010-05-05.
  3. ^ Sid Bost, "New Radio Voice Coming Into Triad," Twin City Sentinel, Feb. 14, 1976.
  4. ^ Mark Folk, "WWWB Enters Classic-Rock Market", Greensboro News & Record, September 20, 1994.
  5. ^ Leigh Pressley, "Four's a Crowd? Station Goes Country", Greensboro News & Record, September 26, 1995.
  6. ^ Bill Keveney, "'Big Show': Today Country Stations, Tomorrow the Whole Country?", The Charlotte Observer, April 7, 1999.
  7. ^ "What's Up At Clear Channel/Greensboro?". allaccess.com. 2013-12-20. Retrieved 2014-01-07.
  8. ^ Venta, Lance (2014-01-01). "Greensboro's Buzz & Now Trade Places And More". radioinsight.com. Retrieved 2014-01-07.
  9. ^ Venta, Lance (2019-05-28). "WMKS Greensboro Adds Ace & TJ For Mornings". radionisight. Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  10. ^ Venta, Lance. "WMKS Greensboro Relaunches As Hits 100.3". radioinsight. Retrieved November 10, 2020.