WKND

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This article is about the radio station in Windsor, Connecticut. For other uses, see WKND (disambiguation).
WKND
City of license Windsor, Connecticut
Broadcast area Hartford
Branding Power 1480
Slogan R&B Hits & Oldies
Frequency 1480 kHz
First air date March 4, 1961
Format Urban Adult Contemporary
Power 500 watts day
14 watts night
Class D
Facility ID 26302
Transmitter coordinates 41°51′10″N 72°40′43″W / 41.85278°N 72.67861°W / 41.85278; -72.67861
Callsign meaning KND Corporation (former owner Kenneth Dawson)
Former callsigns WSOR (1961-1966
WEHW (1966-1969)
WKND (1969-2004)
WNEZ (2004-2007)
Owner Gois Broadcasting
Sister stations WLAT, WNEZ
Webcast Direct URL http://96.31.83.86:8187/ - choose a media player
Website http://goisradio.com/power-1480

WKND is a radio station, that operates on 1480 kHz, licensed to the city of Windsor, Connecticut. The transmitter site is in Windsor, while the studios are in Hartford, Connecticut. WKND is owned by Gois Broadcasting.

WKND operates with 500 watts during the day and 14 watts at night with a mix of R&B Hits and Oldies with Gospel Music thrown in on Sundays.

History[edit]

WKND signed on in 1961 as WSOR and featured a country western and Polish format. It was a 500-watt daytime-only station. After a couple sales of the station in the mid-1960s, WSOR became WEHW (Windsor East Hartford West Hartford) in 1966. In 1969 The KND Corporation purchased the station and changed the callsign to WKND. A format change to rhythm & blues soon followed and WKND became the first radio station in the state to feature a format targeting the African American community. In 1981 Hartcom Inc. purchased the station. Hartcom was formed by an all-minority group of individuals committed to keeping the station serving the African-American community. Studios eventually moved to the Windsor Parkade Shopping Center. Major transmitter site renovations were undertaken in the mid-1990s, with the replacement of the station's three towers and a retuning of the station's directional antenna pattern.[1] In 2004 under an LMA with Freedom Communications of Connecticut WKND's call sign and format moved to Freedom's WNEZ 1230. With the move to 1230, WKND became a 24-hour station for the first time and got a power boost to 1000 watts. They ran on-air announcements "The all-new 24 Hour, Twice the Power WKND 1230 AM". 1480 took the WNEZ call letters from 1230 AM and became Gospel "Heaven 1480" for a few months and then became Spanish Oldies "La X 1480". WNEZ 1480 soon joined its sister stations WLAT/910 and WKND/1230 at 330 Main Street in Hartford. Freedom Communications ended up in receivership and in 2007 WKND and its R&B Oldies format reverted to 1480, with 1230 going back to WNEZ and a Spanish Language Music and Information format. Gois Broadcasting acquired WLAT and WNEZ in 2008 and WKND in 2009. The three stations were moved into new studios on Burnside Avenue in East Hartford shortly thereafter.

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