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City of license Newport, Tennessee
Branding 1270 AM WLIK
Slogan Home of the Smokies Oldies
Frequency 1270 kHz
First air date 1954
Format Oldies
Power 5,000 watts day
500 watts night
Class B
Facility ID 73208
Transmitter coordinates 35°57′49.00″N 83°12′31.00″W / 35.9636111°N 83.2086111°W / 35.9636111; -83.2086111
Owner WLIK Inc.
Webcast Listen Live
Website wlik.net
WLIK studios and transmitter

WLIK is a radio station licensed to Newport, Tennessee with an oldies format, broadcasting on 1270 AM. Its programming includes high school and University of Tennessee sports as well as religious and community-oriented news and information for Cocke County, Tennessee.[1][2] WLIK is an affiliate of the Atlanta Braves radio network, the largest radio affiliate network in Major League Baseball.[3]


WLIK signed on in April 1954 with 1,000 watts as one of three radio stations owned by Arthur Wilkerson of Lenoir City, Tennessee. Ray Shirley, a Church of Christ minister, was the first announcer.

After a fire in 1958, WLIK came back with 5000 watts. In 1968 WLIK moved its transmitter to Rock City and began broadcasting full-time. Ira B. Crisp served as station manager from 1954 until 1962, and Dwight Wilkerson, Arthur's son, took over after that and continues as president of the station today.[1]

On air personalities have included[edit]

Dwight Wilkerson

Angela Wilkerson 2000–present

Johnny Naillon-2000 and 2008

Steve Wilhoit- Seasonal sports broadcaster 1990-2008

Gaylen Carpenter

Jason Fox

Matthew Kemper

Curtis Hance


  1. ^ a b http://www.wlik.net/about.asp, Retrieved on 2009-05-14.
  2. ^ http://www.wlik.net/programming.asp, Retrieved on 2009-05-14.
  3. ^ "Affiliate Radio Stations". The Official Site of the Atlanta Braves. 

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