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WGHT
WGHT logo.png
CityPompton Lakes, New Jersey
Broadcast areaNorthern New Jersey,
New York City metro area
Frequency1500 kHz
BrandingNorth Jersey 1500
NYC 98.3 (FM translator)
Programming
FormatFull-service
Ownership
OwnerBorough of Pompton Lakes
(Sale pending to FST Broadcasting Corporation)[1]
History
First air date
September 14, 1964 (as WKER)
Last air date
December 14, 2017
Former call signs
WKER (1964–1993)
Call sign meaning
We've got the Greatest HiTs of all time!
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID40078
ClassD
Power1,000 watts day only
Transmitter coordinates
40°58′51″N 74°17′06″W / 40.98083°N 74.28500°W / 40.98083; -74.28500
Translator(s)98.3 W252ED (Pompton Lakes)
Links
Public license information
Profile
LMS
Websitehttps://wghtamfm.com/

WGHT (1500 AM) is a radio station licensed to serve Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, United States. The station is owned by the Borough of Pompton Lakes and is currently simulcasting WTBQ's full-service format.

History

On September 14, 1964, WGHT signed on as WKER, call letters for the founder, Bob Kerr. WKER served as a test market station for radio stations like 77-WABC in the 1960s. The station initially ran a contemporary MOR format that evolved to a full-service adult contemporary format. The station was strictly a daytimer signing on at dawn and signing off at dusk. In early 1993, Bob Kerr's estate sold the radio station to John Silliman, formerly an on-air personality at various other radio stations over the years. Upon taking ownership, Silliman applied for a call sign change to WGHT (which stands for "We've got the Greatest Hits of all time!"). This application was accepted by the FCC on August 6, 1993.[2]

WGHT broadcast an oldies-classic hits music format playing a deep and wide variety of music from 1952 to about 2000. Recent WGHT personnel included midday air personality as well as general manager Silliman and program director Jimmy Howes. Howes was also WGHT's chief engineer and operations manager. WGHT's News Director was award-winning reporter and newscaster Mike Forte. The station had a cult following in terms of and a professional staff.[according to whom?] The station won quite a few awards for their programming. Eventually WGHT had from the FCC a pre-sunrise authorization to sign on at 6:00 a.m. even during the months the sun rose after and a post-sunset authorization for 6:00 p.m. during the months sunset happened earlier. In the last year WGHT would still sign off at 6:00 p.m. even in the summer months when the station could remain on the air as late as 8:30 p.m.

As with many AM radio stations, selling advertising was becoming difficult. Getting a low-power FM translator was looked into but ultimately rejected by ownership. Also, options such as brokering the station various times of the day were looked at and it was determined that if the station could not be live and local with the programming local people are used to it would be better to just close the station down. In June, it was announced that WGHT would close late in the summer or in the fall. On September 22, 2017, Mariana Broadcasting filed an application with the FCC for consent to transfer ownership of WGHT as part of a donation to the Borough of Pompton Lakes.[3][4] Pompton Lakes does not plan on operating the station and is looking for a partner to run it. On December 15, 2017, ownership was transferred and the station went silent. Silliman conducted the signoff.[5][6]

On December 13, 2018 WGHT began temporarily simulcasting WALL radio, which is based in the Hudson Valley, NY[7] in order to keep its broadcast license valid, a couple of days later WGHT again went silent.

In March 2019, Frank Truatt, owner of 1110 WTBQ/93.5 W228CG in Warwick, New York, announced plans to begin operating WGHT under a Local Marketing Agreement with the option to purchase the station and its construction permit for 98.3 W252ED.  WGHT will resume broadcasting in April 2019 and will temporarily simulcast programming from WTBQ/W228CG while local programs are being developed.[8]

Awards and honors

The station has been an NAB Marconi Radio Award finalist and an NAB Crystal Radio Award finalist more than a dozen times, and has received Associated Press News Awards. WGHT's local sports department has won dozens of awards for their local high school sports coverage and broadcasts. WGHT's news department has been honored with awards from the Associated Press and the New Jersey Broadcasters Association. In 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017. The WGHT Morning Show with Jimmy Howes and Greta Latona has been honored with dozens of awards from the Garden State Journalists Association for their celebrity interviews and on-air contests.[9]

On-air personnel

WGHT Radio has a long history of being a launching-pad for syndicated and New York City radio talent, including Fox Sports personality Kevin Burkhardt, singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman and WABC's Noam Laden and Deborah Valentine. On-air personalities included The WGHT Morning Show with Jimmy Howes and Greta LaTona, the mid-morning show host was Greta Leshchyshyn-Latona, afternoon drive host Art Rooney (former Uncle Floyd Show regular), and mid-day host John Silliman.

Weekend-air personnel

Jimmy Howes, Pete Bucky, Rich McCarthy, Greta Latona, Pat Murphy, Matt Locker and Jimmy Sturr. Latona also hosted Morning Praise and Swing Time, an American Music Standards Show on Sunday mornings.

References

  1. ^ WGHT radio reboot expected in April as Pompton Lakes agrees to sell off-air AM station (Retrieved 30 March 2019 from NorthJersey.com)
  2. ^ "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  3. ^ WGHT/Pompton Lakes Files Papers To Donate Station To City (Retrieved 26 September 2016 from All Access Music Group)
  4. ^ Mariana Broadcasting application for consent to assignment of broadcast station construction permit or license (Retrieved 26 September 2006 from FCC website.)
  5. ^ Agnish, Jai (14 December 2017). "Pompton Lakes radio station WGHT going dark after 53 years". The Record. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  6. ^ WGHT Signs-Off
  7. ^ Fybush, Scott (2018-12-10). "NorthEast Radio Watch 12/10/18: New Life for Jersey AMs". Fybush.com. Retrieved 2019-01-18.
  8. ^ https://radioinsight.com/headlines/175770/wght-to-return-under-wtbq-operators/
  9. ^ "2010 Awards Competition". Garden State Journalists Association. Archived from the original on September 18, 2010. Retrieved April 27, 2010.

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