WKAT

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WKAT
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City Coral Gables, Florida
Broadcast area South Florida Metropolitan Area
Branding Radio Luz
Frequency 1080 kHz
Translator(s) W249DM (97.7 MHz, Miami)
First air date 1982
Format Religion
Power 50,000 watts day
10,000 watts night
Class B
Facility ID 74165
Former callsigns WVCG (?-2006)
WTPS (2006-2007)
WMCU (2007-2010)
WWFH (2010)
WHIM (2010-2018)
Former frequencies 1070kc.
Affiliations Seminole ISP Sports Network
Owner Salem Media Group
(Salem Communications Holding Corporation)
Sister stations WQVN, WZAB, WOCN
Website radioluzmiami.com

WKAT (1080 AM) is a Christian radio station licensed to Coral Gables, United States, serving the Miami area. The station is owned by Salem Media Group. 1080 The Word broadcasts Christian Teach and Talk with popular Ministry Programs such as Focus on the Family, Dr. Tony Evans, and Turning Point with David Jeremiah. The afternoons are filled with Gospel Music and local ministry programs making all day time programming in English.

History[edit]

WVCG (the "Voice of Coral Gables"), was originally on 1070, and was Miami's first all-Classical music station. The station upgraded its power to 50,000 watts in the 1960s and moved up the dial to 1080. Following a series of format changes, to Middle-of-the-Road, a brief stint as Oldies, and then two decades as a time brokered multi-ethnic station (mostly under the ownership of Scott Ginsburg), the station switched to a Talk format geared to African-Americans in 2006 under Radio One, and abandoned its legacy call letters in favor of WTPS ("The Peoples' Station"). Legendary Miami disc jockey James T. was the morning host for a brief period during this time. The station was then purchased from Radio One, its former owner, by Salem Communications and assigned to its Caron Broadcasting Subsidiary. The transaction was completed on April 11, 2008.[1] Under Salem, the station adopted a Christian format and the WMCU calls, both formerly associated with 89.7 FM, now a K-LOVE station, WMLV.

On April 1, 2010, the station changed its callsign to WHIM and now broadcasts English-language Christian talk programming 14 hours a day, Spanish-language Christian talk 3 hours a day and Haitian Creole programming 7 hours overnight. On June 1, 2010 WHIM began its signature program, "Sound Word Live" from 1 to 3 p.m. daily, hosted by Frank Trotta and co-hosted by Dave Mitchell, Steve James and Bernie Diaz.

In 2011, WHIM entered an agreement with WAXY to carry the games of the Miami Heat (basketball) or Florida Marlins, now the Miami Marlins, (baseball) when both teams play at the same time. WHIM aired a Heat regular season game on April 6 of that year and carried several Marlins games during the NBA playoffs. It has also been announced that WHIM will now be the full-time broadcaster of Florida International University Golden Panther Football.

In 2017, 1080 The Word broadcasts Christian Teach and Talk with popular Ministry Programs such as Focus on the Family, Dr. Tony Evans, and Turning Point with David Jeremiah. The afternoons are filled with Gospel Music and local ministry programs making all daytime programming in English.

On December 11, 2017, the Tom Taylor Now radio industry newsletter reported the Salem Media Group sold WHIM's sister station, WKAT 1360 AM. Salem Communications retained the iconic Miami "WKAT" call letters and transferred them to rebrand WHIM 1080 AM as "WKAT 1080 AM," on January 1, 2018, while 1360 will use the WQVN call sign. The sale of WKAT was also reported at the radio industry publication Radio Insight.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Station Sales Week Of 12/8 - RadioInsight". radioinsight.com. 8 December 2017. Retrieved 21 April 2018. 

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Coordinates: 25°44′53″N 80°32′47″W / 25.74806°N 80.54639°W / 25.74806; -80.54639