WGHT

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WGHT
WGHT logo
City Pompton Lakes, New Jersey
Broadcast area Northern New Jersey,
New York City metro area
Frequency 1500 kHz
First air date September 14, 1964 (as WKER)
Format Oldies
Power 1,000 watts day only
Class D
Facility ID 40078
Transmitter coordinates 40°58′51″N 74°17′06″W / 40.98083°N 74.28500°W / 40.98083; -74.28500
Callsign meaning W Great HiTs
Former callsigns WKER (1964–1993)
Owner Mariana Broadcasting
Webcast Listen Live
Website wghtradio.com

WGHT (1500 AM) is a radio station licensed to serve Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, USA. The station, established in 1964, is owned by Mariana Broadcasting. WGHT broadcasts an oldies music format. WGHT personnel includes general manager John Silliman and program director Jimmy Howes. Howes is also WGHT Radio's chief engineer and operations manager. WGHT's News Director is award-winning reporter and news caster, Mike Forte. Under his management, WGHT has been awarded 5 Garden State Journalist Awards in less than a year.

History[edit]

On September 14, 1964, WGHT signed on as WKER. WKER served as a test market station for radio stations like 77-WABC in the 1960s. The station was assigned the call sign WGHT (which stands for "Great Hits") by the Federal Communications Commission on August 6, 1993.[1]

Awards and honors[edit]

The station has been an NAB Marconi Radio Award finalist and an NAB Crystal Radio Award finalist more than a dozen times, and has received Associated Press News Awards. WGHT's local sports department has won dozens of awards for their local high school sports coverage and broadcasts. WGHT's news department has been honored with awards from the Associated Press and the New Jersey Broadcasters Association. In 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. The WGHT Morning Show with Jimmy Howes and Greta Latona has been honored with dozens of awards from the Garden State Journalists Association for their celebrity interviews and on-air contests.[2]

On-air personnel[edit]

WGHT Radio has a long history of being a launching-pad for syndicated and New York City radio talent, including Fox Sports personality Kevin Burkhardt and singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman. Current on-air personalities include The WGHT Morning Show with Jimmy Howes and Greta LaTona, the mid-morning show host is Greta Leshchyshyn-Latona, afternoon drive host Art Rooney (former Uncle Floyd Show regular), and mid-day host John Silliman.

Weekend-air personnel[edit]

Jimmy Howes, Pete Bucky, Matt Locker, Rich McCarthy, Greta Latona, Pat Murphy and Jimmy Sturr. Latona also hosts Morning Praise on Sunday mornings at 6:00 am and Swing Time, an American Music Standards Show, at 8:00 AM.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. Retrieved June 21, 2009. 
  2. ^ "2010 Awards Competition". Garden State Journalists Association. Archived from the original on September 18, 2010. Retrieved April 27, 2010. 

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