WHHO

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DWHHO
WHHO logo
City of license Hornell, New York
Broadcast area Elmira-Corning area
Branding Fox Sports Radio 1320
Frequency 1320 kHz
First air date 1949
(license revoked January 28, 2010)
Format Defunct, was sports talk
Power 5,000 watts day
22 watts night
Class D
Facility ID 5308
Transmitter coordinates 42°17′32.00″N 77°40′27.00″W / 42.2922222°N 77.6741667°W / 42.2922222; -77.6741667
Former callsigns WWHG (1949-1960s)
Affiliations Fox Sports Radio, Citadel Media
Owner William Berry
Bat Lyons (deceased)
(Bilbat Radio, Inc.)

WHHO (1320 AM) was a radio station broadcasting a sports talk format. Licensed to Hornell, New York, USA, the station served the Elmira-Corning area. The station was owned by Bilbat Radio, Inc. (at the time of closure, wholly owned by William Berry after the death of partner Bat Lyons). The station had been the home of Eric Massa's weekly radio broadcasts. Gene Burns, a Hornell native, began his long broadcasting career at the station.

The station began broadcasting in 1948 as WLEA. When that station moved to AM 1480 two years later, AM 1320 relaunched as WWHG, becoming WHHO in the 1960s. The station was caught in an ownership dispute in the late 2000s in which Pembrook Pines Media Group attempted to buy sister station WKPQ in exchange for Pembrook Pines-owned WABH and cash; that deal eventually fell through. It ceased operations on January 28, 2010 after the FCC revoked its license for failure to pay a 2007 fine, stemming from alleged failure to air government-mandated statements and not maintaining a "public information file." Ownership cited WHHO's poor revenue for not paying the fine.[1] Incidentally, it is the second Bilbat station to have lost its license; WKZA/Kane, Pennsylvania lost its license in 1992, and while another person owned the FCC license, Bilbat still owned the physical assets of the station, which were ultimately destroyed due to weather damage.

Shortly after the station's closure, Fox Sports programming moved to WCBA in Corning; Phoenix Radio arranged to swap WCBA for WKPQ in 2010.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Clark, Bob (February 5, 2010). "FCC yanks WHHO radio license for failure to pay 2007 fine". Hornell Evening Tribune (Gatehouse Media). Retrieved February 5, 2010.