|City||Hendersonville, North Carolina|
|Translator(s)||107.7 W299BZ (Hendersonville)|
|First air date||1946|
|Callsign meaning||Where the Heavens Kiss the Peaks|
|Owner||Radio Hendersonville, Inc.|
WHKP is a radio station broadcasting at 1450 on the AM dial in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The call letters stand for Where the Heavens Kiss the Peaks.
The current format is mostly Real Country and conservative talk and local programming of a conservative nature. Syndicated programming includes Rush Limbaugh and once included Paul Harvey. The station also airs area high school sports.
Station owner Kermit Edney hosted one of Western North Carolina's most popular morning shows from 1947 to 1991, when he sold to Radio Henderson Inc. When the station celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1996, Edney was named to the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and a bronze bust of Edney was placed in the FitzSimons Historical Room at the Henderson County Public Library. The Kermit Edney Musical Library was established by WHKP employees.
After 33 years, Al Hope left WHKP's morning show in 2006, replaced by news director and "Open Line Hendersonville" host Larry Freeman, who had worked at the station 40 years. At that time, the station once again began airing adult standards music from the Music of Your Life network at night. Tippy Creswell, who had worked at the station since 1978, would be co-hosting the late morning show with newcomer Abby Ramsey.
|City of license||ERP
|W299BZ||107.7||Hendersonville, North Carolina||250||D||FCC|
- "Obituaries," Asheville Citizen-Times, May 2, 2000.
- Geoffrey Cantrell, "Sunrise Service Marks WNC Easter Tradition," Asheville Citizen-Times, April 1, 2002.
- "Western's Steve Carlisle Wins DAR Chapter Man of Year Award". Western Carolina University. September 21, 2005. Retrieved December 7, 2012.
- "South Region in Brief," Asheville Citizen-Times, March 29, 2006.
- Kelley, Leigh (November 14, 2011). "Matt Mittan, 'Take a Stand' get ready to air on WHKP". Times-News.
- Official website
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WHKP
- Radio-Locator Information on WHKP
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WHKP
- Query the FCC's FM station database for W299BZ
- Radio-Locator information on W299BZ
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