WSAK/WSHK
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Broadcast areaWSHK: Seacoast Region (New Hampshire) and Southern York County, Maine
WSAK: southern Seacoast Region, Merrimack Valley and North Shore (Massachusetts)
FrequencyWSAK: 102.1 MHz
WSHK: 105.3 MHz
Branding102-1 & 105-3 - The Shark
Programming
FormatClassic hits
Ownership
Owner
WOKQ, WPKQ, WHOM
History
First air date
WSAK: August 1992 (1992-08) (as WZEA)
WSHK: November 1992 (1992-11) (as WXBB)[1]
Former call signs
WSAK:
WZEA (1991-1995)
WSTG (1995-1997)
WXBP (1997-2000)
WSHK:
WKCD (1989-1992)
WHIM-FM (1/1992-11/1992)
WXBB (1992-2000)
Call sign meaning
"The Shark"
Technical information
Facility IDWSAK: 12155
WSHK: 4380
ClassWSAK: A
WSHK: A
ERPWSAK: 3,000 watts
WSHK: 2,200 watts
HAATWSAK: 100 meters (330 ft)
WSHK: 113 meters (371 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
WSAK: 42°53′53″N 70°52′59″W / 42.898°N 70.883°W / 42.898; -70.883 (WSAK)Coordinates: 42°53′53″N 70°52′59″W / 42.898°N 70.883°W / 42.898; -70.883 (WSAK)
WSHK: 43°10′28.0″N 70°46′50.0″W / 43.174444°N 70.780556°W / 43.174444; -70.780556 (WSHK)
Links
WebcastListen Live
Websiteshark1053.com

The Shark is an American FM radio classic hits-formatted duopoly serving the Seacoast Region of New Hampshire, York County, Maine and northeast Massachusetts. Its two stations are WSAK (102.1 MHz; Hampton) and WSHK (105.3 MHz; Kittery, Maine), with broadcast studios located in Dover.[2] The station's program format is almost exclusively classic hits. A few specialty programs are carried: The House of Blues Radio Hour with Dan "Elwood Blues" Aykroyd,[3] and "The Reporter's File", a public affairs program, both on Sundays. The station was previously the only New Hampshire station to carry the syndicated Bob & Tom Show morning show. It no longer carries that program, instead using its own local DJs on The Shark Morning Show.

The station is owned by Townsquare Media. It formerly broadcast as "Arrow", on the same frequencies and with a similar format, but using call letters WXBB and WXBP. The change to the new name and call was made in March 2000.[4] Citadel Broadcasting acquired the station in August 1999 when it purchased Fuller-Jeffrey Broadcasting Companies.[5] Citadel merged with Cumulus Media on September 16, 2011.[6]

On August 30, 2013, a deal was announced in which Townsquare Media would acquire 53 Cumulus stations, including WSAK/WSHK, for $238 million. The deal was part of Cumulus' acquisition of Dial Global; Townsquare and Dial Global are both controlled by Oaktree Capital Management.[7][8] The sale to Townsquare was completed on November 14, 2013.[9]

References

  1. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1999 (PDF). 1999. p. D-199; D-280. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  2. ^ "The Shark – Contact Us". Retrieved 2008-05-29.
  3. ^ "HOB Affiliate Radio Stations". Retrieved 2008-05-29.
  4. ^ Scott Fybush (2000-03-03). "North East RadioWatch". Retrieved 2008-05-29.
  5. ^ "Citadel, Form 8-K/A, Filing Date Dec 3, 1999". secdatabase.com. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  6. ^ "Cumulus now owns Citadel Broadcasting". Atlanta Business Journal. September 16, 2011. Retrieved September 16, 2011.
  7. ^ "Official: Cumulus Buys Dial Global, Spins Some Stations To Townsquare; Peak Stations Sold To Townsquare, Fresno Spun To Cumulus". All Access. August 30, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
  8. ^ "Cumulus Makes Dial Global And Townsquare Deals Official". RadioInsight. August 30, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
  9. ^ "Cumulus-Townsquare-Peak Deal Closes". All Access. November 15, 2013. Retrieved November 16, 2013.