WTIK

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WTIK
City of license Durham, North Carolina
Broadcast area Durham
Branding La Regia 1310
Frequency 1310 kHz
First air date July 4, 1946
Format Regional Mexican
Power 5,000 watts day
1,000 watts night
Class B
Facility ID 53105
Transmitter coordinates 36°1′30.00″N 78°54′8.00″W / 36.0250000°N 78.9022222°W / 36.0250000; -78.9022222
Callsign meaning Where Tobacco Is King
Owner Davidson Media Station Wtik Licensee, LLC
Sister stations WRJD

WTIK (1310 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a Regional Mexican format. Licensed to Durham, North Carolina, USA, the station serves the Triangle area. The station is currently owned by Davidson Media Station Wtik Licensee, LLC.[1][2]

History[edit]

On June 10, 1946, under Harmon Duncan, Durham's second radio station, WDUK, began broadcasting at 1310 AM with 1,000 watts, and studios on Corcoran Street downtown, and its transmitter site on Leon Street in the Glendale Heights neighborhood. On July 4, 1946, James Floyd Fletcher, son of Capitol Broadcasting Company founder A.J. Fletcher, started the city's third radio station, WTIK, at 730 AM with studios downtown and an antenna on Ellis Road. In 1950, the stations merged and took the letters WTIK and the 1310 dial position.

An ABC Radio affiliate, WTIK used several different formats including MOR, rock and roll,[citation needed] and later country, as one of the first stations in the state to embrace the format full-time.[3]

In the 1960s WTIK increased power to 5000 watts. Also during that time, a vandal cut a guy wire, causing the tower to fall.[citation needed]

In 1969, Buddy Poole, who had worked for Harry Welch Sr. at WSAT in Salisbury, North Carolina, moved to WTIK, another of Welch's stations and one of the first full-time country music stations in North Carolina. Poole's autograph party with Loretta Lynn and Faron Young attracted 3000 people. Poole became general manager in 1972 at age 26 and remained at WTIK for four more years.[3]

In 1993, with FM very popular and AM strugling, WTIK switched to the satellite-delivered Sports Entertainment Network and became the Triangle's first sports station. During this time, WTIK was owned by the Welch family's W & W Broadcasting of Salisbury. W & W was in the process of selling the station when it signed off but came back with contemporary Christian music during the day and positive country music at night.

In 1997, "La Que Buena" (The Great One) added a second Spanish language alternative to Durham radio.[4] In 2004, "Mi Gente" (My People) became the first of two new names for WTIK; "La Rumba" followed in the summer of the same year. The station was owned by Blacksburg, Virginia based Baker Communications until 2004, when a sale to New York-based Davidson Media Group was finalized.

In 2005, plans were announced for Spanish broadcaster Que Pasa to lease WTIK's air time for a contemporary Latin format to complement the regional Mexican moving from former sister station WDRU, 1030 AM, to WLLQ, WRTG and WGSB In the summer of 2005, the contemporary format debuted as "Que Pasa Mixx".[5] On April 1st, 2006, WTIK's black gospel programming moved to new sister station, WRJD, 1410 AM, allowing WTIK to air 24-hour Spanish language programming.

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