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WHTK logo.png
CityRochester, New York
Broadcast areaRochester, New York
Frequency1280 kHz (HD Radio)
BrandingFox Sports 1280 Rochester
AffiliationsFox Sports Radio, Premiere Radio Networks, Westwood One, NBC Sports Radio
(iHM Licenses, LLC)
First air date
1947 (1947)
Former call signs
WVET (1947–1961)
WROC (1961–1979)
WPXN (1979–1984)
WPXY (1984–1991)
WKQG (1991–1992)
WPXY (1992–1993)
Call sign meaning
Hot TalK (former format)
Technical information
Facility ID37549
Power5,000 watts
Transmitter coordinates
43°5′54.00″N 77°35′1.00″W / 43.0983333°N 77.5836111°W / 43.0983333; -77.5836111
WebcastListen Live

WHTK (AM 1280) is a radio station broadcasting a sports format. Licensed to Rochester, New York, United States, the station serves the Rochester area. The station is owned by iHeartMedia, with studios downtown and a transmitter in Brighton. It features programming from Fox Sports Radio. WHTK carries New York Yankees broadcasts, shares rights to the Rochester Red Wings with WYSL (with WYSL carrying afternoon games and WHTK carrying night games), among other local and national sports. The station's weekday lineup includes Dan Patrick, The Rich Eisen Show, and Carl Falk. On weekends, the station carries a variety of sports programming including the Canandaigua National Bank High School Sports Show (section V athletics), The Pain Clinic (pro wrestling), Kick This! (soccer), What's Going On (current events and issues) and more.[1]

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logo through 2008
logo through 2008

In 2008, the station re-branded itself as "Sportsradio 1280". Prior to the change, WHTK had been known as "Hot Talk 1280". As of 2014, the station is now known as "FOX Sports 1280 Rochester".

Prior to that, the station was first known as WVET, signing on in 1947, under ownership of a group of returning World War II veterans calling themselves Veterans' Broadcasting Company. It operated successfully for many years with a personality full service adult popular music format. It changed call sign from WVET to WROC when Veterans bought WROC-TV from Transcontinent Television Corporation in 1961. Simultaneously, an FM sister station, WROC-FM, signed on, first playing classical music and later automated jazz and pop standards. Veterans sold the WROC radio stations in 1964 to Rust Craft Broadcasting, who would then sell the stations to Associated Broadcasters (which later became Pyramid Broadcasting) in 1979. The AM station continued with its full service format until late in the 1970s, when it tried an all-news format first as WROC and then as WPXN. It would later change calls letters to WPXY and aired the satellite-fed "Music of Your Life" adult standards format before dropping that in January 1984 for a simulcast with its FM sister station, by the early 1980s known as WPXY-FM and airing the contemporary hit music format, which WPXY-FM still runs today. In 1990, the AM split from the simulcast and returned to Music of Your Life. In 1991, WPXY (AM) changed to oldies as WKQG,[2] then back to a simulcast with the FM (again as WPXY), and then, on November 1, 1993, after The Lincoln Group began to operate the station from Pyramid (who kept the FM), flipped to mostly syndicated "hot talk", a lineup of talk and sports programming meant to appeal to young adult men.[3] At that time, it adopted the WHTK call sign (the "HTK" meant to stand for "hot talk") which it still uses today. Over the next few years, the station would add more sports-oriented programming. In 1996, WHTK would be split from WPXY-FM permanently when the station was sold to Jacor (after several subsequent mergers, Clear Channel Communications (now iHeartMedia) would acquire the station in 2000).

On September 9, 2009, at midnight, WROO changed their call letters to WHTK-FM and changed their format from country music, as "Country 107.3" to sports, simulcasting WHTK 1280 AM, as "1280 WHTK & FM 107.3", and is known as "Rochester's Sports Talk."[4] The change was made to address nighttime signal limitations of WHTK (AM), which must protect co-channel signals in New York City and the midwestern US by directionalizing after sunset. The FM station filled in signal nulls which limited WHTK's nighttime and early morning reach in southeastern Monroe County, southern Wayne County and Ontario County. The FM simulcast ended on May 5, 2012.

WHTK was the longtime radio home of the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League. The Americans jumped to WROC in 2016 as a result of a five-year deal between Pegula Sports and Entertainment (the Americans' owners) and Entercom.


  1. ^ "WHTK Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^
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  4. ^ Clear Channel's latest flip to its oft-changing rimshot signal on 107.3 took place at midnight on Sept. 9, Scott Fybush/North East Radio Watch, September 14, 2009.

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