WTKT
WTKT FOXSports1460 logo.png
Broadcast areaHarrisburg-Carlisle-Lebanon metro area
South Central Pennsylvania
Frequency1460 kHz (HD Radio)
BrandingFox Sports 1460 Harrisburg
Programming
Language(s)English
FormatSports
AffiliationsFox Sports Radio
Ownership
Owner
History
First air date
February 19, 1948 (1948-02-19) (as WCMB)
Former call signs
WCMB (1948–1991)
WIMX (1991–1993)
WCMB (1993–1998)
WWKL (1998–2001)
Call sign meaning
W TicKeT (previous branding)
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID23463
ClassB
Power5,000 watts (day)
4,200 watts (night)
Transmitter coordinates
40°18′32.57″N 76°56′11.4174″W / 40.3090472°N 76.936504833°W / 40.3090472; -76.936504833
Links
Public license information
WebcastListen live (via iHeartRadio)
Websitefoxsports1460.iheart.com

WTKT (1460 kHz, "Fox Sports 1460") is an AM radio station in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The station broadcasts at 1460 kHz with 5,000 watts power daytime non-directional and 4,200 watts night time power from a three tower antenna array in Summerdale, Pennsylvania. WTKT is the AM flagship station for Hershey Bears AHL hockey.

WTKT broadcasts in the HD Radio format.[1]

History

WTKT first signed on the air on February 19, 1948 as WCMB on 960 kHz with the city of license listed as Lemoyne, Pennsylvania. (Harrisburg Evening News, February 19, 1948, page 21) The transmitter and antenna were located on Poplar Church Road(40°15′45.10″N 76°54′37.155″W / 40.2625278°N 76.91032083°W / 40.2625278; -76.91032083), just across the river from Harrisburg, in Wormleysburg, Pennsylvania. The studios were in Lemoyne on the second floor of the Lemoyne Theatre building in the 300 block of Market Street. (Harrisburg Evening News, February 19, 1948, page 21)

WCMB was founded by Edgar T. Shepard and Edgar K. "Ed" Smith under the Rossmoyne Corporation name. Smith served as the station manager for several decades. He was a lifelong resident of Harrisburg, beginning his career at WHP-AM in the early 1930s. (Harrisburg Evening News, September 8, 1954)

Rossmoyne added a television station, WCMB-TV, in 1954. It was the original channel 27 in Harrisburg. (WTPA was on channel 71 at the time, starting in July 1953.) WCMB-TV was an affiliate of the DuMont network. (Harrisburg Evening News, September 8, 1954) The station failed in April 1957 (per station records) after DuMont "went dark", leaving channel 27 open for WTPA to take over on June 1, 1957 (Harrisburg Patriot News, May 31, 1957).

WCMB-FM (on 99.3 MHz) launched in 1965 (per station records). It is presently WHKF.

WCMB-AM moved to 1460 kHz in 1951 after WHP moved to 580 kHz. (WHP had been on 1460 kHz for ten years after the NARBA alignment.) WHP and WCMB had no formal association until the 1990s after Dame Media purchased both stations.

The station was purchased by Dame Media in 1997 and the land at the transmitter site was sold to its next door neighbor Harsco. After a period of low power operation from 2001 to 2004, WTKT diplexed on the WKBO tower at the Harrisburg water plant, a new transmitter site was constructed in Summerdale. The station signed on from this site in July 2004.

Programming

For most of its early history, the station had a MOR format with local news, current events and public interest programming. When Barnstable Broadcasting owned it, the format was a hybrid news/sports talk.

After Dame Media acquired the station in 1997, more sports talk was added. Finally, Clear Channel changed the call letters to WTKT and made the format all Sports talk in 2000.

Currently, the station's programming consists of the American Hockey League's Hershey Bears, local high school football coverage, Saturday Sports Jam with Jed Donahue, and syndicated Fox Sports Radio.

High School Football

In the 2005 high school football season, 1460 the Ticket announced they would be the home for Cumberland Valley Eagles High School Football. In 2006, the Ticket also began carrying Bishop McDevitt Crusaders Football, carrying their home and playoff games.

References

  1. ^ https://hdradio.com/station_guides/widget.php?id=65 HD Radio Guide for Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  1. Harrisburg Evening News, February 19, 1948, page 21
  2. Harrisburg Evening News, September 9, 1954, page 13-14
  3. Harrisburg Patriot News, May 31, 1957