KMHT (AM)

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KMHT & KMHT-FM
KMHT-FM logo.jpg
City of license Marshall, Texas
Broadcast area Longview-Marshall area
Branding The Heart Beat of East Texas
Frequency 1450 kHz
103.9 MHz
First air date 1961
Format Country music
Power 650 watts AM
ERP 1,850 watts FM
HAAT 129.0 meters FM
Class C (AM)
A (FM)
Facility ID 72450 (AM)
72451 (FM)
Transmitter coordinates 32°33′50″N 94°21′4″W / 32.56389°N 94.35111°W / 32.56389; -94.35111Coordinates: 32°33′50″N 94°21′4″W / 32.56389°N 94.35111°W / 32.56389; -94.35111
Former callsigns KZEY-FM (1980-1994)
Affiliations ABC Radio
Owner Hanszen Broadcast Group, Inc.
Website kmhtradio.com

KMHT (1450 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a Country music format. Licensed to Marshall in Harrison County, Texas, USA, the station serves the Longview-Marshall area. The station is currently owned by Hanszen Broadcast Group, Inc.[1]

The station also broadcasts Marshall High School athletics as well as ETBU athletics, TSN (Texas State Network), Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Dallas Mavericks, the University of Texas Longhorn Athletics, and Texas A&M athletics.[2] Other area high school athletics that KMHT covers include Harleton, Karnack, and Waskom.

History[edit]

A group of local veterans returned to Marshall from World War II and took advantage of their right to first preferences of frequencies after the radio frequency freeze was lifted at the end of the war. In 1961, after 14 years of operation, KMHT AM was granted FCC permission to raise the daytime power from 250 watts to 1000 watts. Shortly thereafter, the FCC approved the operation of 1000 Watts around the clock. A later move to a new transmitter site required lowering the power to 650 watts.

In the late 1990s, KMHT/KZEY was given to Wiley College, a private, four-year liberal arts institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church, by then owner, professional boxer George Foreman. Wiley College later sold the stations to Jerry Russell, a former member of the Tyler City Council. Russell wanted to use KMHT-FM as a repeater for his AM 690 KZEY (which has since gone silent), so KMHT-FM became KZEY-FM. In August 2003, Hanszen Broadcast Group, Inc., purchased KMHT/KZEY and changed the FM back to KMHT-FM.

In the fall of 2006, KMHT 1450 AM changed format to ESPN Radio. The format also includes local sports coverage as well as the network coverage. The KMHT-FM format stayed the same.

KMHT carries The Bob Griffin Radio Show, broadcast from KEEL (AM) in Shreveport, Louisiana, a program of travel reports, features, area personalities, and uplifting human interest stories, often with Christian testimonies.[3]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "KMHT Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  2. ^ http://www.kmhtradio.com KMHT's Website
  3. ^ "Who is Bob Griffin?". bobgriffinonline.com. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 

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