|City||Granite City, Illinois|
|Broadcast area||Greater St. Louis|
|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-HD2 "KTMY Minneapolis"
106.5-HD3 "Mormon Channel"
|First air date||November 24, 1965|
|HAAT||309 meters (1014 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||The ARcH (taken from St. Louis landmark, the Gateway Arch)|
|Former callsigns||WGNU-FM (1965-1977)
(St. Louis FCC License Sub, LLC)
|Sister stations||WIL-FM, WXOS|
WARH (106.5 MHz "106.5 The Arch") is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Granite City, Illinois and serving Greater St. Louis including sections of Illinois and Missouri. WARH is owned by Hubbard Broadcasting and airs an Adult Hits radio format.
"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. However, "The Arch" uses a live and local DJ staff around the clock, whereas "Jack" stations are for the most part automated with no live voices.
WARH broadcasts in HD. The HD1 signal carries the adult hits format. WARH-HD2 carries co-owned KTMY Minneapolis, known as "My Talk Radio." Before March 2017, it featured less familiar rock songs from the 60's to today, branded as "106-5 The Deep." WARH-HD3 carries "The Mormon Channel," supplied by its former owners, Bonneville International. The studios and offices are in Creve Coeur, Missouri (although a St. Louis address is used). The transmitter is located near Resurrection Cemetery off Mackenzie Road in St. Louis.
On November 24, 1965, WGNU-FM first signed on. It was the FM counterpart of AM 920 WGNU, under the ownership of Chuck Norman. Both stations simulcast a country music format for Granite City and its surrounding communities. Norman sold the FM station to Doubleday Broadcasting in 1977. Doubleday boosted the station's signal to cover most of the St. Louis radio market. The call sign was changed to WWWK, with the station simulcasting the album oriented rock (AOR) format of AM 1380 KWK (now KFXN). The stations called themselves "Stereo WK."
In November 1986, the two stations were bought by Chase Broadcasting. The simulcast ended in 1987, with AM 1380 becoming Oldies WGLD, while FM 106.5 (now with the call sign KWK-FM) moved to a Top 40 format.
In 1988, KWK-FM became WKBQ-FM, retaining the Top 40 format but switching to the handle "Q106.5." In September 1991, WKBQ-FM brought the morning team of "Steve & DC" to St. Louis from Birmingham, Alabama. 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. Also during the same year, WKBQ-FM again was simulcast on AM 1380.
Country Kix 106.5
In late 1993, WKBQ-FM was purchased by Zimmer Radio Group of Cape Girardeau, Missouri. On January 20, 1994, it switched dial positions with sister station 104.1 FM WKKX (currently WHHL), which had a country format known as "Kix 104" (with the AM simulcast also moving with the swap). The station became "New Country Kix 106.5," with the popular morning duo "Steve & DC" heard for the second time on the 106.5 MHz frequency. That led to the team scoring its biggest ratings in St. Louis. The "Steve & DC" morning show consistently ranked #1 in the all-important Persons 18-49 and Persons 25-54 demographics on WKKX.
Ownership by Bonneville
In November 1996, Emmis Broadcasting bought Kix 106.5. But in 2000, Emmis swapped WKKX to Bonneville International Broadcasting for Los Angeles country music station KZLA (now KXOS). At 12:00 a.m. on October 4, 2000, the first day Bonneville owned the station, it changed call letters to WSSM and adopted a Smooth Jazz format as "Smooth 106.5" (later "106.5 Smooth Jazz"). The Smooth Jazz format lasted five years.
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 2016 is Scott Roddy, who also serves as the P.D. for sister station 92.3 WIL-FM.
Sale to Hubbard Broadcasting
On January 19, 2011, Bonneville announced the sale of WARH, as well as 16 other stations in four markets (St. Louis, Chicago, Cincinnati and Washington, D.C.), to Minneapolis-based Hubbard Broadcasting. The sale was completed on April 29, 2011. Hubbard has kept the adult hits format in place, which continues as one of St. Louis' top ten stations.
WARH has a full lineup of local on-air personalities who do their shows live with no voice-tracking. The morning show, known as "Spencer's Neighborhood," is hosted by Spencer Graves, Brando and Cassidy, middays feature April Ruebke, afternoons are handled by Robert Fithen who also serves as Music Director, evenings are hosted by Daniel Diaz and overnights hosted by Mark Hyken. Weekend air talent includes Tom Settles, Lisa Johnson, Jeff Collins (who worked at classic hits 103.3 KLOU), Bryce Jones, D-Wonka and Melanie Streeper. The "owner" of the station Mr. Simon "The Arch" Archer, is voiced by legendary actor John O'Hurley (Seinfeld, Dancing With the Stars, and Family Feud)
5am-9am: Spencer's Neighborhood
2pm-6pm: Robert Fithen
6pm-11pm: Daniel Diaz
11pm-5am: Mark Hyden
- [https://transition.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/fmq?call=warh&arn=&state=&city=&freq=0.0&fre2=107.9&serv=&vac=&facid=&asrn=&class=&list=0&ThisTab=Results+to+This+Page%2FTab&dist=&dlat2=&mlat2=&slat2=&NS=N&dlon2=&mlon2=&slon2=&EW=W&size=9 FCC.gov/WARH]
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- Broadcasting Yearbook 1982 page C-141
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- "$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
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WARH
- Radio-Locator information on WARH
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WARH
- KWK FM 106 AM 13.8 A tribute site for KWK "The Rockin' Best!"