|City||Granite City, Illinois|
|Broadcast area||St. Louis, Missouri|
|Branding||106.5 The Arch|
|Slogan||You Never Know What We're Going to Play Next.|
|Frequency||106.5 MHz FM (also on HD Radio) 106.5-2 FM "The Deep"
106.5-3 FM "Mormon Channel"
|First air date||1965|
|Callsign meaning||The ARcH (taken from St. Louis' most famous landmark, the Gateway Arch)|
|Former callsigns||WGNU (1965-1976)
(St. Louis FCC License Sub, LLC)
WARH features a locally programmed adult hits format known as "106.5 The Arch" using the primary slogan "You never know what we're going to play next." The station's name pays tribute to the iconic Gateway Arch monument in downtown St. Louis on the western bank of the Mississippi River. The format is musically similar to the syndicated Jack FM stations in the U.S. & Canada. The major difference that distinguishes "The Arch" from the "Jack" branded stations is that "The Arch" uses a live and local airstaff around the clock, whereas "Jack" stations are for the most part without Disc jockeys.
WARH-HD2 features a format of songs from the 60's to the current decade, and goes deeper into the rock and pop music of each era. Branded as "106-5 The Deep", the HD2 station is currently unhosted and commercial-free.
WARH-HD3 carries "The Mormon Channel", supplied by its former owners, Bonneville International.
Originally, the station took to the air in 1965 as WGNU-FM under the ownership of Chuck Norman. The station was programmed with a country music format and was simulcast on WGNU 920 AM. Norman sold the station to Doubleday Broadcasting in 1976. Doubleday changed the station's call letters to WWWK (later KWK-FM) and the format to AOR, calling itself "Stereo WK", and later to Top 40. In 1988, KWK became WKBQ-FM, retaining the Top 40 format and rechristening themselves as "Q106.5." In 1991, WKBQ-FM brought the morning team of "Steve & DC" to St. Louis, from Birmingham, Ala., debuting in September 1991. In 1993, "Steve & DC" and WKBQ-FM would face controversy over comments made on the May 10, 1993 morning show and was the subject of much local news coverage for weeks. In the same year WKBQ-FM began simulcasting on 1380 AM.
After the station was purchased by Zimmer Radio Group of Cape Girardeau, Missouri in the early 1990s, the station switched dial positions with sister station WKKX (currently WHHL) on 104.1, which had a country format known as "Kix 104", on January 20, 1994 (the AM simulcast would move with the swap). The station became "New Country Kix 106.5", and featured the popular morning duo "Steve & DC" for the second time on the 106.5 Mhz frequency which led to the teams biggest ratings sweeps in St. Louis. The "Steve & DC" morning show consistently ranked #1, in the all-important, Persons 18-49 and Persons 25-54 on WKKX-FM. The most succesful period for 106.5 FM in its existence, up to this point, lasted for several years until Emmis Broadcasting swapped the valuable WKKX-FM for KZLA-FM Los Angeles giving Emmis Broadcasting a second FM station in the #1 radio market for advertising revenue in the US, Los Angeles, California. The "Kix 106.5" Country format was changed at 12:00 am on October 4, 2000, the first day the transaction with Bonneville was FCC approved. The new owners changed the call letters to WSSM and adopted a Smooth Jazz format as "Smooth 106.5" (later "106.5 Smooth Jazz"). On April 10, 2005, after playing "Thank You" by Euge Groove, the station adopted its current adult hits format, branded as "106.5 The Arch." The first song on "The Arch" was "Roll With the Changes" by REO Speedwagon. The station adopted its current WARH call letters on April 18. WARH was initially programmed by Jules Riley. The Program Director since 2008 is Kevin Robinson.
Bonneville announced the sale of WARH, as well as 16 other stations in four markets (St. Louis, Chicago, Cincinnati and Washington, D.C.), to Hubbard Broadcasting on January 19, 2011. The sale was completed on April 29, 2011.
WARH has a full lineup of local on-air personalities who do their shows live with no voice-tracking. The morning show is hosted by Spencer Graves, Ricki and Brando, middays feature April Ruebke, afternoons are handled by Robert Fithen who also serves as Music Director, and overnights hosted by Mark Hyken. Weekend air talent includes Tom Settles, Daniel Diaz, and Melanie Streeper. The voice of the station, Simon Archer, is portrayed by actor John O'Hurley (Seinfeld, Dancing With the Stars, and Family Feud)
- Stark, Phyllis (January 15, 1994). "Vox Jox". Billboard 106 (3): 64.
- "$505M sale: Bonneville sells Chicago, D.C., St. Louis and Cincinnati to Hubbard". Radio-Info.com. January 19, 2011. Retrieved January 19, 2011.
- "Hubbard deal to purchase Bonneville stations closes". Radio Ink. May 2, 2011. Retrieved May 2, 2011.
- WARH official website
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- Radio-Locator information on WARH
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WARH
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