WHGB

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WHGB
Nash Icon 95.3.png
City Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Branding 95.3 Nash Icon
Frequency 1400 kHz
Translator(s) See table
First air date 1945
Format Country
Power 1,000 watts
Class C
Facility ID 32944
Callsign meaning HarrisBurG (B and G reversed)
Former callsigns WHGB (1945-1963)
WFEC (1963-1983)
WHGB (1983-1990)
WNNK (1990-1993)
WTCY (1993-2008)[1]
Owner Cumulus Media
(Cumulus Licensing LLC)
Sister stations WZCY-FM, WNNK-FM, WQXA-FM, WWKL
Website 953nashicon.com

WHGB (1400 kHz, "95.3 Nash Icon") is a commercial AM radio station licensed to serve Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The station is owned by Cumulus Media and broadcasts a country music format.

History[edit]

The station was first assigned the call sign WHGB when it signed on in 1945. It became WFEC (for owner Florida East Coast broadcasting its then owner) in 1963 featuring a Top 40 format. In 1982, owned by Great Scott Broadcasting, it returned to Top 40 after a series of failed country, disco and urban formats (beginning in 1977) and adopted the Mike Joseph Hot Hits format in response to that format's national success.[2] Although WFEC featured the basics of the Hot Hits format, it was not consulted by Joseph himself. During the Hot Hits era, the station was known as Fire 14.

On February 3, 1983, the station changed its call sign back to WHGB. For much of the 1980s it featured Al Ham's "The Music of Your Life" pop standards format along with substantial local sports play by play.

On October 31, 1990, the station changed its call sign to WNNK as "Wink 1400", a sister station to WNNK-FM. WNNK then changed its call sign to WTCY on August 27, 1993 and its format to Urban Adult Contemporary branded as "1400 The Touch".

Former logo under ESPN affiliation

On July 24, 2008, WTCY began simulcasting "The Touch" programming on an FM translator, 95.3 W237DE.[3]

On August 20, 2008, WTCY changed call signs back to its original, WHGB, which it had used in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s and again from 1984 until 1990. The station changed format to sports radio as an ESPN Radio affiliate, while the Urban AC format was moved to the HD2 subchannel of sister station WNNK-FM, which allowed W237DE to continue to simulcast "The Touch".[4] On September 1, 2011, the translator's simulcast was switched back to WHGB, bringing ESPN Radio to FM in Harrisburg, and ending "The Touch".[5][6]

On January 2, 2013 the station switched to the CBS Sports Radio network.[7]

On March 2, 2015 WHGB changed format from sports to country and branded as "95.3 Nash Icon".[8]

Translators[edit]

WHGB programming is broadcast on the following translator:

Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class FCC info
W237DE 95.3 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 60 193.3 m (634 ft) D FCC

[edit]

WHGB (CBS Sports Radio) logo.png

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Call Sign History WHGB". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  2. ^ Heim, R. "The R.J. Heim Collection". REEL TOP 40 RADIO REPOSITORY. Reelradio.com. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  3. ^ Venta, Lance (2008-07-24). "The Touch is now on FM dial". RadioInsight.com. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  4. ^ Fybush, Scott (2008-12-31). "2008 The Year in Review". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  5. ^ Venta, Lance (2011-08-29). "ESPN Moves To FM In Harrisburg". RadioInsight.com. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  6. ^ Dunkle, David (2011-08-30). "Harrisburg market's only R&B radio station, The Touch, will switch to ESPN Radio format this week". Pennlive.com. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  7. ^ Tuscano, John (2013-01-02). "Cumulus Media's switch from ESPN to CBS Sports Radio was business decision, regional vice president says". Pennlive.com. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  8. ^ Venta, Lance (2015-03-02). "Nash Icon Launches in Harrisburg". RadioInsight.com. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°14′58″N 76°52′03″W / 40.24944°N 76.86750°W / 40.24944; -76.86750