|City of license||KTGG: Spring Arbor, Michigan
WJKN: Jackson, Michigan
|Broadcast area||Jackson, Michigan|
|Frequency||KTGG: 1540 kHz
WJKN: 1510 kHz
|First air date||KTGG: August 15, 1985
|Power||KTGG: 450 watts day
KTGG: 185 watts critical hours
WJKN: 5,000 watts day
|Callsign meaning||WJKN: Jackson|
|Owner||Spring Arbor University|
Unusual call sign
Call signs beginning with K are only supposed to be issued to stations west of the Mississippi River, so it was surprising that the calls KTGG were issued for the new station in 1980; some believe this occurred when someone at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) read "MI" (the postal abbreviation for Michigan) on the station's application and mistook it as the abbreviation for Missouri or Minnesota. KTGG thus became the first new station east of the Mississippi with a "K" call in decades; the river was first used as the divider between K and W calls in 1922. (Stations such as KYW in Philadelphia (originally in Chicago) and Pittsburgh's KDKA have retained their heritage calls since before 1922). However, KTGG wasn't the last broadcaster with this distinction: a new station in Napeague, New York was originally dubbed KCBE in 2008 by the FCC, before changing to WEGB in 2009.
AM 1510 was a country music station for over three decades under several call signs, including WJCO, WDJD, and WHBT. The WJKN calls were adopted in 1995 and the format changed to a full-service combination of news, talk and adult contemporary music. In 1998, WJKN phased out music programming and became a predominantly news station. Then, in September 2000, the station went dark after owner Coltrace Communications (the owner of WUPS-FM in Houghton Lake) sold the land on which the station's towers were located to a developer. Shortly afterward, Coltrace donated WJKN to its current owner, Spring Arbor University, which returned the station to the air briefly in late 2001 and early 2002 with a simulcast of WSAE-FM. WJKN was then again dark for several months, and then resurfaced in March 2003 simulcasting KTGG, whose 450-watt signal does not make it far outside of Spring Arbor.
WJKN broadcasts during daytime hours only. KTGG remains on after sunset with 185 watts during critical hours.
- Michiguide.com - KTGG History
- Michiguide.com - WJKN History
- Query the FCC's AM station database for KTGG
- Radio-Locator Information on KTGG
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for KTGG
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WJKN
- Radio-Locator Information on WJKN
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WJKN
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