WILT

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For the area radio station which carried the WILT callsign from 2005–2008, see WRMR (FM). For other uses, see Wilt (disambiguation).
WILT
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City of license Wilmington, North Carolina
Broadcast area Wilmington, North Carolina
Branding Sunny 104.5
Slogan Wilmington's Best Mix While You Work
Frequency 104.5 MHz
Format Adult Contemporary
ERP 3,100 watts
HAAT 137 meters
Class A
Facility ID 74159
Transmitter coordinates 34°10′0″N 77°56′40″W / 34.16667°N 77.94444°W / 34.16667; -77.94444
Former callsigns WSSM (03/10/2008 - 03/21/2008)
WRQR (06/17/1996 - 03/10/2008)
WUOY (11/01/1991 - 06/17/1996)[1]
Owner Sunrise Broadcasting, a subsidiary of Capitol Broadcasting Company of Raleigh, North Carolina.
Sister stations WAZO, WKXB, WUIN
Webcast Listen Live
Website 1045sunnyfm.com

WILT (104.5 FM) is a radio station broadcasting an adult contemporary format.[2] Licensed to Wilmington, North Carolina, USA, the station serves the Wilmington area.[3] WILT is currently owned by Sunrise Broadcasting, A subsidiary of Capitol Broadcasting Company of Raleigh.

History[edit]

"Gold 104" signed on in 1994 with an oldies format. The original call letters were WUOY. It used a satellite fed network oldies format with a local morning show hosted by Bob Dale. Paul Knight was the Managing Partner and General Manager. Bob Dale was Program Director. When the John Boy & Billy show was signed the station eventually evolved into a hybrid format called "Rock-Talk 'n Roll" with John Boy & Billy in the morning, The Side Show with Bob Dale mid-days and the syndicated Don & Mike Show out of Washington D.C. in the afternoons.[citation needed]

In May 1996, Community Broadcasting sold WUOY, WMFD and WBMS radio stations to a new company called Ocean Broadcasting. At this time, WUOY changed from 70s rock music to rock from the 60s through the 90s but kept John Boy and Billy.[4]

For many years this station was rock WRQR "Rock 104.5". In the Fall 1997 Arbitron ratings, WRQR was the top station reaching number 1, with John Boy and Billy.

In July 2004, NextMedia Group purchased WRQR, WAZO, and WMFD from Ocean Broadcasting LLC, and WKXB and WSFM from Sea-Comm Inc.[5] In July 2008, Capitol Broadcasting announced its purchase of NextMedia's Wilmington stations.[6]

WRQR lost John Boy and Billy to WKXS-FM on January 1, 2007. On January 2, 2007, Two Guys Named Chris from Rock 92 in Greensboro, North Carolina began airing on WRQR, the first station other than Rock 92 to carry the show.[7]

The Will FM variety hits format and WILT letters moved March 31, 2008, from what is now WRMR in Jacksonville, North Carolina for a better signal in Wilmington.[8]

The station flipped to an Adult Contemporary format on February 2, 2009. On March 5, 2013 Craig Thomas from The Craig and Sheila Show on Sunny 104.5 left Sunrise Broadcasting.[9]

The station currently airs the local Sheila show in the morning, alongside the syndicated

Sunny DJ's are Sheila Brothers Bridget Banks Mike Edwards

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Call Sign History". Retrieved 2013-07-25. 
  2. ^ "WILT Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  3. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. 
  4. ^ Kristina Bartlett, "WUOY-FM, WMFD-AM AND WBMS-AM / Stations Sold to Ocean Broadcasting; New Company Purchases 3 Wilmington Radio Stations," Star-News, May 17, 1996.
  5. ^ Bonnie Eksten, "Ocean Broadcasting, Sea-Comm Stations Sold to NextMedia - New Owner to Operate Locally," Star-News, July 14, 2004.
  6. ^ http://www.wral.com/business/story/3215727/, Retrieved on 2008/09/22.
  7. ^ "'Two Guys Named Chris' Show Now Syndicated," Greensboro News & Record, January 4, 2007.
  8. ^ http://radioinsight.com/index.php?s=wrqr+wssm, Retrieved on 2008/04/10.
  9. ^ http://www.wect.com/story/21520858/craig-from-sunny-1045

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