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|City of license||Hickory, North Carolina|
|Broadcast area||Charlotte metropolitan area|
|First air date||June 10, 1940|
|ERP||50,000 watts day
1,000 watts night
|Callsign meaning||W HicKorY, NC|
|Affiliations||Fox News Radio
|Owner||Long Communications, LLC|
|Sister stations||TV Station WHKY-TV|
|Webcast||WHKY Live Feed|
Since 1987 WHKY has had a talk radio format. The current program line-up includes nationally-known shows Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and ESPN Radio. WHKY produces a two-hour weekday morning Talk Show called First Talk hosted by Hal Row and SportsTalk with Jason Savage on Thursday nights.
WHKY is also affiliated with Motor Racing Network, Performance Racing Network and the Indy Radio Network providing NASCAR racing coverage, as well as select Indy Car Series events when in season. Also, on Fridays when in season, WHKY airs Hickory High School football and girls and boys varsity basketball.
Weekdays, WHKY has local news at 15 and 45 past the hour from 6:45 to 8:45am, 12 noon, 3, 5 and 6:30pm. Local sports is provided at 7:45 and 8:45am and 3 and 5pm. News at the top of each hour is provided by the Fox News Radio. WHKY is also affiliated with the North Carolina News Network.
During World War II, getting equipment was difficult, but Ed Long put together the WHKY transmitter with the help of a mule and plow. The station signed on in 1940, broadcasting from the Hotel Hickory. In the 1950s, it moved to the Elliott-Carnegie Library.
Tom Long, Ed Long's son, supervised the station's daytime signal boost from 5000 to 50,000 watts in 2003, as well as the construction of a new building. Jeff Long, representing the third generation of Longs, was station manager.
WHKY aired Paul Harvey prior to his death in 2009.
- Laura A. W. Phillips and Jerry L. Cross (June 1983). "Elliott-Carnegie Library" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2014-08-01.
- Mark Washburn, "After 61 Years, Station Thriving - In a Corporate World, Hickory's WHKY Radio Is Still Family-Owned," The Charlotte Observer, August 16, 2003.
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- Radio-Locator Information on WHKY
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WHKY