WGHT

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WGHT
WGHT logo
City of license Pompton Lakes, New Jersey
Broadcast area Northern New Jersey,
New York City metro area
Frequency 1500 kHz
First air date September 14, 1964 (as WKER)
Format Oldies
Power 1,000 watts day only
Class D
Facility ID 40078
Transmitter coordinates 40°58′51″N 74°17′06″W / 40.98083°N 74.28500°W / 40.98083; -74.28500
Callsign meaning W Grest HiTs
Former callsigns WKER (1964-1993)
Owner Mariana Broadcasting
Webcast Listen Live
Website wghtradio.com

WGHT (1500 AM) is a radio station licensed to serve Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, USA. The station, established in 1964, is currently owned by Mariana Broadcasting. WGHT broadcasts an oldies music format.[1] WGHT personnel includes general manager John Silliman, program director Jimmy Howes, and news director Debra Valentine.

History[edit]

On September 14, 1964 WGHT signed-on as WKER. WKER served as a test market station for radio stations like 77-WABC in the 1960s. The station was assigned the call sign WGHT (which stands for "Great Hits") by the Federal Communications Commission on August 6, 1993.[2]

Awards and honors[edit]

The station has been an NAB Marconi Radio Award finalist, NAB Crystal Radio Award finalist, 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,[3] 2011, 2012 and 2013 WGHT received award honors from the Garden State Journalists Association.

On-air personnel[edit]

WGHT Radio has a long history of being a launching-pad for syndicated and New York City radio talent, including Kevin Burkhardt, current sideline reporter for the New York Mets on SNY, Tracy Chapman - singer songwriter was a DJ on WGHT in 1989. Current on-air personalities include The WGHT Morning Show with Jimmy Howes & Greta LaTona, the Mid-Morning Show host is Greta Leshchyshyn-Latona, afternoon drive host Art Rooney (former Uncle Floyd Show regular), and mid-day host John Silliman.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Retrieved June 21, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. Retrieved June 21, 2009. 
  3. ^ "2010 Awards Competition". Garden State Journalists Association. Archived from the original on September 18, 2010. Retrieved April 27, 2010. 

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