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Broadcast area Knoxville
Branding "Hot 104.5"
Slogan "The Beat of Knoxville"
Frequency 104.5 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date 2003
Format Rhythmic Top 40
ERP 2,300 watts
HAAT 161 meters
Class A
Facility ID 40854
Transmitter coordinates 36°00′8.00″N 83°56′41.00″W / 36.0022222°N 83.9447222°W / 36.0022222; -83.9447222
Callsign meaning We're Knoxville's HoT104.5!
Owner Journal Communications
(sale to The E.W. Scripps Company pending)
Website Hot 104.5's homepage

WKHT (Hot 104.5) is a Rhythmic Top 40 station based in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Journal Communications outlet broadcasts at 104.5 MHz with an ERP of 2.3 kW.


This station signed on as WQBB-FM, airing the same programming as adult standards WQBB. Later the FM played "Young country" as WQIX.[1]

Prior to its flip to Rhythmic Top 40 in 2003, the station was a Classic Rock outlet. HOT 104.5 has enjoyed success. In less than two years on the air HOT 104.5 forced its competitor WILD 98.7/WYIL to change formats. Currently HOT 104.5's only competitor is sister station Top 40 Mainstream STAR 102.1-WWST.

The playlist of WKHT primarily consists of R&B/hip-hop plus some Rhythmic Pop hits, thus it is considered to be a rhythmic Top 40 station by Billboard as opposed to mainstream R&B due to Knoxville not having a large African-American population. Its target audience is females 18-34.

Journal Communications and The E.W. Scripps Company announced on July 30, 2014 that the two companies would merge to create a new broadcast company under the E.W. Scripps Company name that will own the two companies' broadcast properties, including WKHT. The transaction is slated to be completed in 2015, pending shareholder and regulatory approvals.[2]

On-air personality[edit]

Mid-day: DJ Eric B Afternoon: Joey Tack Nights: Mean Jean Weekends: DJ Tanner


  1. ^ http://web.knoxnews.com/entertainment/tvradio/radiostations.shtml, Retrieved on 2009-03-05.
  2. ^ "E.W. Scripps, Journal Merging Broadcast Ops". TVNewsCheck. July 30, 2014. Retrieved July 31, 2014. 

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