|Broadcast area||Greater Cleveland|
|Branding||AM 1420 The Answer|
|Slogan||News. Opinion. Insight.|
Cleveland State Vikings
Salem Radio Network
|Owner||Salem Media Group |
(Salem Communications Holding Corporation)
First air date
|March 5, 1922|
Former call signs
|833 kHz (1922–23)|
1060 kHz (1923–25)
1100 kHz (1925–27)
1130 kHz (1927–28)
1390 kHz (1928–41)
Call sign meaning
|none, sequentially assigned|
|Power||5,000 watts (daytime)|
5,000 watts (nighttime)
|Translator(s)||102.5 W273DG (Cleveland)|
Public license information
WHK (1420 AM) – branded AM 1420 The Answer – is a commercial news/talk radio station licensed to Cleveland, Ohio, serving primarily Greater Cleveland. WHK was the first radio station to broadcast in Ohio, and is the 15th oldest station still broadcasting in the United States. Currently owned by Salem Media Group, WHK serves as the Cleveland affiliate for the Salem Radio Network. The WHK studios are located in the Cleveland suburb of Independence, while the station transmitter resides in neighboring Seven Hills. WHK also simulcasts over low-power translator W273DG (102.5 FM), and is available online.
WHK received its first broadcasting station license in February 1922. However, the station's history dates back to a series of broadcasts begun in August 1921 over an amateur radio station operated by WHK's original owner, Warren R. Cox.
Radio broadcasting in the United States started to become organized in the fall of 1919, largely due to improvements in vacuum tube design. Many of the earliest programs originated from a mixture of amateur and experimental stations. The amateurs in the Cleveland area were particularly well organized, and in early May 1921 the Cleveland Radio Association announced that its members had inaugurated a weekly Friday evening series of live concerts, transmitted on the standard amateur wavelength of 200 meters (1500 kHz) by a rotating roster of local amateur stations.
Warren R. Cox made his first contribution to the series on August 26, 1921, operating amateur station 8ACS at 3138 Payne Avenue S. E. This was the location of the Cox Manufacturing Company, which primarily produced electrical components for automotive markets and radio receiver construction. Cox's station was described as "one of the newer and most powerful in the city".
The 8ACS programs were soon recognized as providing "exceptional wireless entertainment", and B. Dreher's Sons Company donated a Steinway grand piano for use in the station's studio. In October the Cleveland Radio Association concerts moved to Thursday nights. Around this time Warren R. Cox added his own weekly concerts, on Sunday evenings. In December the Cleveland Radio Association ended the Thursday broadcasts, and switched to exclusively supporting the 8ACS Sunday concerts.
Warren R. Cox's broadcasting activities gained special prominence during local elections held in the fall of 1921. The November 3rd broadcast featured short speeches by six of the city's seven candidates for mayor. In addition, the Cleveland Plain Dealer made arrangements to relay vote totals on election night by telephone to 8ACS for broadcasting by the station.
Initially there were no specific standards in the United States for radio stations making transmissions intended for the general public, and numerous stations under various classifications made entertainment broadcasts. However, effective December 1, 1921, the Department of Commerce, regulators of radio at this time, adopted a regulation that formally created a broadcasting station category, and stations were now required to hold a Limited Commercial license authorizing operation on wavelengths of 360 meters (833 kHz) for "entertainment" broadcasts or 485 meters (619 kHz) for "market and weather reports". By the end of 1922 over 500 stations would be authorized nationwide.
At first this new policy was loosely enforced, but in early February 1922 the government's official monitor of radio in the region, S. W. Edwards, contacted the local stations to reiterate that amateurs were no longer permitted to make entertainment broadcasts. Thus, on February 3 Edwin H. Poad, president of the Cleveland Radio Association, announced that his organization was ending the weekly broadcasts started nine months earlier. This ban also ended the broadcasts over 8ACS, however it was soon reported that Warren R. Cox was making plans to apply for one of the new broadcasting station licenses in order to return to the airwaves.
WHK was issued its first broadcasting station license on February 21, 1922, for operation on the 360 meter entertainment wavelength, with Warren R. Cox listed as the licensee. (Prior to April 4, 1922 the Commerce Department issued three-letter call signs to most commercial radio stations. The WHK call letters were randomly chosen and did not have any particular meaning.) According to one analysis, WHK was the second broadcasting station license issued for Ohio, and the 52nd in the United States, and is Ohio's oldest surviving radio station, and 15th in the country.
The station began broadcasting from the Radiovox Company, which was located at the Stuyvesant Building on 5005 Euclid Avenue. WHK's debut broadcast, on Sunday night March 5, 1922, was advertised as a continuation of the suspended Cleveland Radio Association weekly concert series. Cox announced that, in addition to the Sunday schedule, he planned to broadcast Tuesday night concerts in conjunction with the Keith vaudeville organization, with additional programs on Thursday nights. In July 1922 the station's transmitting power was reported to be 200 watts. Later in the year the licensee name was changed to "Radiovox Company (Warren R. Cox)".
In May 1923 the U.S. government made additional broadcasting station transmitting frequencies available. In late 1923 WHK was reassigned to 1060 kHz, which was followed by moves to 1100 kHz in early 1925 and 1130 kHz in 1927.
WHK was sold to the Radio Air Service Corporation in October 1925. In the following years, the station facilities underwent a series of moves, including 5105 Euclid Avenue, the Hotel Winton at 1010 Prospect Avenue (later the Hotel Carter), the Standard Building at St. Clair and Ontario, the top floor of the Higbee Company on Public Square, and Carnegie Hall at 1220 Huron Road. By 1928, the station was located in the Engineers' Building at 1370 Ontario Street.
On November 11, 1928, under the provisions of a major reallocation resulting from the Federal Radio Commission's (FRC) General Order 40, WHK was reassigned to 1390 kHz. WHK became a CBS affiliate in 1930 and increased its power to 5,000 watts full-time. On March 9, 1931, the station moved to the Terminal Tower, and celebrated with the live broadcast of Faust from its auditorium. As of January 1, 1934 WHK was broadcasting with a daytime power of 2,500 watts and a nighttime power of 1,000 watts. The station broadcast a full season of Cleveland Indians baseball games in 1936, with announcers Jack Graney and Pinky Hunter.
United Broadcasting ownership
In 1939 the Radio Air Service Corporation sold WHK to the United Broadcasting Company, which also purchased WCLE (now WHLO, Akron), a station that had been broadcasting in Cleveland since January 5, 1927 and was currently transmitting on 610 kHz. WCLE's studios were relocated to the Terminal Tower to join WHK, and the two stations were placed under common management. WHK switched its network affiliation in 1937 from CBS to the NBC Blue Network plus the Mutual Broadcasting System, which had started three years earlier. In the 1940s WHK, like most Mutual affiliates, became a participant in network programming. Rhythm and Rhyme Time was a Saturday night band concert on Mutual that originated from the Terrace Room of the Statler Hotel through the WHK's facilities. In 1943, when the NBC Blue Network was sold to Edward Noble to eventually become ABC, the Blue Network switched its Cleveland affiliate from WHK to WJW, leaving WHK with just Mutual. The Mutual network brought its popular Queen for a Day program to Cleveland Music Hall on April 5, 1946 for a two days of broadcast with local contestants chosen by WHK.
On March 29, 1941, WHK, along with all the other stations on 1390 kHz, moved to 1420 kHz, the frequency it still occupies, as part of the implementation of the North American Regional Broadcasting Agreement. In 1945 as the FCC began enforcing a rule limiting owners to a single AM station in a market, United Broadcasting moved WCLE out of Cleveland to Akron and changed its call sign to WHKK and its frequency to 640 kHz. (WHKK became WHLO in 1962.) This in turn meant United could now use the vacated 610 frequency in Columbus, where it was assigned to WHKC, which had been broadcasting daytime-only on 640. (WHKC became WTVN in the 1950s).
WHK also obtained a construction permit for television station WHK-TV on Channel 19, but this never made it on the air, due to the financial challenge of the time of launching a UHF station in a VHF market such as Cleveland. Ironically, the channel 19 position was later occupied by WOIO, which was purchased in 1985 by WHK's eventual owner, Malrite Communications.
WHK moved its studios in 1951 to 5000 Euclid Avenue, across the street from its first studio location, which it would occupy for 26 years. (This is presently the site of the Agora Theatre and Ballroom and Lava Room Recording.) In 1955, ownership was transferred to the Forest City Publishing Company, the parent company of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. In May 1957, as part of the station's 35th anniversary celebration, WHK honored founder Warren R. Cox with "a small transistor radio and a plaque".
WHK was sold in 1958 to Metropolitan Broadcasting Corporation, which became Metromedia two years later. The new owners soon adopted a rock and roll Top 40 format. Morning man Ernie Anderson was let go because he did not fit into the new format. Ironically, Anderson would later find local fame with his Ghoulardi character that would have been ideally suited as an early rock disk jockey. Pete "Mad Daddy" Myers, another early iconic rock DJ, was lured away from rival WJW for a successful stint in WHK's early rock-and-roll years, before he left for New York.
By the early 1960s WHK was Top 40 powerhouse, adopting the slogan "Color Radio" and "Color Channel 14." The station soared with fast-talking deejays like Johnny Holliday, who broadcast from "the glass cage" at 5000 Euclid, and dubbed the station's echo-chamber reverberation its "stratophonic sound." The "Action Central" newsroom included young reporters Tim Taylor and Dave Buckel. When The Beatles made one of their North American tours in 1964, WHK outmaneuvered rival KYW to sponsor the Beatles appearance at Cleveland Public Auditorium on September 15, 1964. The station offered free tickets to listeners with an on-air promotion; the winners were selected in what is believed to be the first automated audience selection. Those receiving tickets were selected by an IBM computer. In the mid-1960s, the WHK DJs adopted the name the "Good Guys" and included Joe Mayer. On the cover of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper album, a doll wears a sweater emblazoned with "Welcome The Rolling Stones" and "Good Guys", a possible reference to the WHK DJs.
Late in 1967, WHK stopped rocking to become "The Good Life Station," with easy-listening music and phone-in shows aimed at older listeners. Possibly the biggest reason for the format change at WHK, was the pressure put on the station by newcomer WIXY, an AM station at 1260 which started playing top 40 music in 1966.
In 1968 the FCC mandated that FM sister stations could no longer duplicate their AM sister's programming, and WHK-FM adopted a new progressive rock sound, one of a handful of commercial stations in the country to try that format. The callsign of WHK-FM was changed to WMMS on September 28, 1968.
From 1968 through 1984, WHK was the flagship station of the Cleveland Browns radio network. Gib Shanley provided play-by-play commentary for the majority of the Browns' run at WHK; he was succeeded by Nev Chandler. Color commentary duties were first held by Jim Graner, then Jim Mueller, and finally Doug Dieken, who continues in that position to this day.
Metromedia sold WHK and WMMS in 1972 to Malrite Broadcasting of Ohio (later Malrite Communications), and Malrite moved its headquarters to Cleveland. WHK dropped the beautiful music and tried a modified Top 40 format briefly again in 1973, called Cover Hits and developed by consultant Mike Joseph. The station ended up settling on a country music format in 1974 featuring controversial morning show talk host Gary Dee and famed Cleveland disk jockey Joe Finan as the "housewife's friend" from 10 am to 2 pm, until the eventual format change in '84.
Another notorious personality, Don Imus, who had a morning show on WGAR for 1½ years ending in 1971, returned to Cleveland in 1978 to do afternoon drivetime on WHK, one of the few times he would host a non-morning timeslot. Imus stayed at WHK until September 1979, when he returned to WNBC in New York.
On February 14, 1977, WHK and WMMS moved their studios from 5000 Euclid Avenue to the Statler Office Tower near Playhouse Square, after WGAR, which had signed on there in December 1930, relocated to its suburban transmitter site in Broadview Heights.
WHK began programming nostalgic 1950s and '60s Top 40s music on April 24, 1984, becoming Cleveland's first totally formatted oldies station. The station incorporated its dial position, 1420 AM, in the slogan "14K Solid Gold". Prior to the format change, long time morning man, Gary Dee, was relocated to Malrite's sister station in Washington, D.C., and newly hired Program Director Bill Stedman, who was brought in (from WLW/Cincinnati) with a new DJ lineup that consisted of Chip Binder from cross-town rival WGAR (6am-10am), Dennis Day from WDRQ/Detroit (10am-3pm), John E. Douglas from WIBC/Indianapolis (3pm-7pm), and Bill Schiel (7pm-midnight). Others that would grace the format until it ended in November 1988 were Bernie Kimble (who went on to program the highly popular jazz-formatted Cleveland/Elyria based WNWV), Al Wynter (from WHB/Kansas City), Barbara Lincoln, Vickie Sue Winston and JD Harlan. Bill Garcia (who went to WUSN, WLS Chicago). The oldies format lasted until December 1988, when WHK switched to a news/talk format aimed heavy on business news using the name "AllNewsPlus." Even still, the "14K" format was partly the inspiration for WMJI's conversion into a full-time rock-and-roll oldies outlet in 1990.
In 1992, studios were moved to the Skylight Office Tower, and on August 10, 1992, popular talk show hosts Merle Pollis and Joel Rose left WERE and joined WHK, but weren't there for long.
Shamrock and OmniAmerica
Shamrock in turn spun off WHK and WMMS to OmniAmerica, headed by former Malrite executive Carl Hirsch, in April 1994. Shortly thereafter, on May 16, 1994, WHK adopted a sports talk format featuring Tom Bush, Les Levine, Tony Rizzo and Pat McCabe, and dubbed itself "The Sports Voice of the Fan." WHK's programming was highly regarded by many listeners, and it slowly developed a devoted following. In its latter days under this format, WHK simulcast sister station WMJI's Lanigan, Webster and Malone show in morning drive.
In August 1997, Salem Communications eliminated all local programming during the transition, and adopted a religious format as "The Word" – the new programming was simulcast over Akron-Canton area radio station WHK-FM (98.1 FM), itself formerly WTOF-FM.
The WHK studios were moved to Independence, joined by Akron's WHLO and Parma's WCCD. Nationally syndicated area pastor Alistair Begg aired daily on both WHK and WHK-FM. In October 1997, both stations broadcast live from the "Stand in the Gap" rally held by Promise Keepers.
2001 "frequency swap"
On July 3, 2001, WHK was one of seven Northeast Ohio radio stations involved in a complex exchange between three radio companies. Although generally reported as a "frequency swap", in reality these seven radio stations mostly traded callsigns along with their respective formats and staffs – all to facilitate the transfers of ownership of four of the seven stations. As part of this complex exchange, Salem Communications sold WHK to Radio Seaway; both companies retained their respective on- and off-air staff. Radio Seaway then changed the WHK callsign to WCLV; and changed the station's format.
WCLV (1420 AM)
Radio Seaway's original intent for WCLV (1420 AM) was to simulcast the classical programming from WCLV-FM (104.9 FM). Instead, WCLV (1420 AM) picked up the adult standards format previously heard on WRMR (850 AM) – this was done in response to a significant outcry from loyal WRMR (850 AM) listeners faced with losing the adult standards format. Radio Seaway acquired the intellectual programming and music library of WRMR (850 AM) from Salem for an undisclosed amount. Jim Davis – who again both programmed and assumed on-air duties – along with Ted Hallaman, Carl Reese, Bill Rudman and eventually John Simna, Bill Randle and Ted Alexander hosted music shows.
The long-running Irish Hour with Gerry Quinn, a WRMR (850 AM) staple, also made the move to WCLV (1420 AM) on Sunday mornings. WCLV-FM (104.9 FM) news director Hugh Danaceau also did live drive-time newscasts on the AM station until his death in 2003. Many of WCLV-FM's long-running specialty shows, including Weekend Radio, the City Club of Cleveland's weekly forum, and Footlight Parade were also aired. Footlight Parade host Bill Rudman also would helm the Saturday afternoon shift on the AM station up until its 2004 signoff.
Other radio shows brought included When Radio Was, The Twilight Zone with Stacy Keach, and American Standards by the Sea with Dick Robinson. The station also boasted two syndicated shows spotlighting Frank Sinatra: Sounds of Sinatra with Sid Mark, and Frank and Friends with Joe Raposa. It was briefly affiliated with the CBS Radio Network before signing with AP Radio News.
The 1420-AM facility was initially branded "WCLV Classic Pops 1420-AM", with an emphasis on songs and showtunes from the 1930s and 1940s, in an attempt to make the format hold a more sophisticated sound along the lines of WCLV-FM's classical format. On January 1, 2003, the call letters were changed to WRMR – a move to reinforce the station format's link to WRMR (850 AM).
WRMR (1420 AM)
Rebranded as "The Songs You Love", WRMR's music programming reverted to the adult standards format, again placing an emphasis on pop music and contemporary ballads from the 1950s and 1960s. In November 2003, WRMR's lineup significantly changed: Ted Alexander replaced Ted Hallaman in the morning slot, WCLV staffer John Simna assumed the mid-morning slot, and Jim Davis and Carl Reese were moved to the afternoon and evening slots, respectively. Despite these changes, WRMR still experienced a loss in listenership and advertising revenue so significant that Radio Seaway opted to sell the station back to Salem Communications on July 6, 2004 for $10 million.
The permanent sign-off of WRMR was made more poignant just days later after the death of signature WRMR personality Bill Randle, on July 11, 2004. The final day of programming on WRMR was punctuated with the final installment of a long-running music program hosted by Randle that had been pre-recorded just days earlier. Carl Reese hosted the final air shift from 7 pm until sign-off at midnight; fittingly, he was also one of the first voices heard on WRMR (850 AM) when it signed on back in June 1985.
With the sale announcement, Salem changed the station's format to conservative talk programmed mostly by the Salem Radio Network as NewsTalk 1420 WHK, but the WRMR callsign would stay until April 5, 2005, when WHK (1220 AM) changed call letters to WHKZ (and ultimately to WHKW), allowing the WHK callsign to be restored on this facility. Small reminders of WRMR remain on the station, such as Gerry Quinn Irish Radio. WHK's transmitter facility, heavily renovated under WCLV/WRMR ownership, has been in Seven Hills, Ohio since 1937, and still contains many historical artifacts from previous decades.
On April 15, 2013, WHK was rebranded AM 1420 The Answer, which is the slogan used by most Salem news/talk stations.
|Callsign||Frequency||City of license||Facility ID||ERP||HAAT||Class||Transmitter coordinates|
|W273DG||102.5 MHz||Cleveland||143930||5 watts||0 meters||D|
The Salem Radio Network provides most of the station's weekday programming, with shows hosted by Hugh Hewitt (morning drive), Mike Gallagher (late mornings with a late evening replay), Dennis Prager (middays), Sebastian Gorka (afternoons), Jay Sekulow (evenings), Larry Elder (evenings), and Eric Metaxas (late nights). Other national weekday programming includes Bloomberg Radio overnight. Local program The Bob Frantz Authority with Cleveland radio personality Bob Frantz, who joined WHK in 2015, airs late mornings. WHK also airs Bill O'Reilly's daily commentaries weekday afternoons.
Local weekend programming includes Sunday features such as Inside the Great Outdoors hosted by Joe "Kastaway" Kulis, Gerry Quinn's Irish Radio hosted by Gerry Quinn, Ed Fitzpatrick, and Colleen Corrigan-Day, and Kelly and Company hosted by Tom Kelly.
Sports play-by-play programming on WHK includes being the flagship station for Cleveland State Vikings men's basketball (shared with sister station WHKW), and the Cleveland affiliate for University of Akron football.
- White, Thomas H. (January 1, 2002). "United States Pioneer Broadcast Service Stations". Retrieved September 2, 2009.
- "Station WHK One of First Ten in U. S.", Cleveland Plain Dealer, August 20, 1922, Radio section, page 3.
- "Radiograms: Last Concert is Voted a Success", Cleveland Plain Dealer, May 12, 1921, page 8.
- The leading "8" in 8ACS's call sign denoted that the station was located in the eighth Radio Inspection district. The fact that the call sign's first letter, "A", was in the range A-W reflected its status as a standard amateur station. Other participating stations included Ira E. Beasley (8ACC), James Hausser (8BCA), Latimer Charnicky (8CD), Archibald G. Spiller (8ACR), H. H. Kreighbaum (8NQ), Edwin H. Poad (8UK), H. H. Hurd (8ALY), Norman M. Kraus (8AFO) and Frank M. J. Murphy (8ML).
- "Radiograms: Minstrels to Sing for Amateurs", Cleveland Plain Dealer, August 25, 1921, page 7.
- "Steinway Tone Heard by Radio" The Music Trades, November 26, 1921, page 19.
- "Radio grams: Future Concerts on Sunday Nights", Cleveland Plain Dealer, December 15, 1921, page 9.
- "Radio Amateurs! Have Sets Ready", Cleveland Plain Dealer, November 3, 1921, page 11.
- "Election Concert of Radio Association to Give Latest Returns", Cleveland Plain Dealer, November 3, 1921, page 11.
- "Miscellaneous: Amendments to Regulations", Radio Service Bulletin, January 3, 1922, page 10.
- Edwards's formal title was Radio Inspector for the Commerce Department's Eighth Radio Inspection district, which was headquartered in Detroit, Michigan.
- "Radio Ban Announced", Cleveland Plain Dealer, February 4, 1922, page 1.
- "Amateurs Wonder at Radio Mandate", Cleveland Plain Dealer, February 5, 1922, page 5A.
- "New Stations", Radio Service Bulletin, March 1, 1922, page 2. Limited Commercial license, serial #300, call letters WHK, issued on February 21, 1922 for a three month period to Warren R. Cox, 1965 East 66th Street, Cleveland, Ohio.
- White, Thomas H. (January 1, 2018). "Mystique of the Three-Letter Callsigns". Retrieved July 1, 2018.
- Some later accounts suggest that, instead of being randomly assigned, the WHK call letters were selected because they were the initials of station manager Harry K. Carpenter. However, Carpenter did start working for WHK until July 23, 1934, and was not associated with the station at the time of its founding. ("Carpenter Goes to WHK; Howlett to Watch Tower", Broadcasting, July 15, 1934, page 8.)
- White, Thomas H. (January 1, 2018). "United States Pioneer Broadcast Service Stations: Actions Through June 1922". Retrieved July 1, 2018. The first Ohio broadcasting station, WDZ, was licensed on January 22, 1922 to the Marshall-Gerken Company of Toledo. It later became WBAJ and was deleted on January 26, 1923.
- White, Thomas H. (January 1, 2018). "United States Pioneer Broadcast Service Stations". Retrieved June 2, 2018.
- "Stations Heard All Over the Country Shown", Radio Digest, April 22, 1922, page 8. (americanradiohistory.com)
- "Radio Concert Sunday Night", Cleveland Plain Dealer, March 4, 1922, page 8.
- "Answers to Radio Queries Appear Here: Broadcast Station", Cleveland Plain Dealer, July 16, 1922, Radio section, page 2.
- "Alterations and Corrections" Radio Service Bulletin, December 1, 1922, page 7.
- "Back Stage Folks of Three Plants", Radio Digest, April 28, 1923, page 5.
- "Radio Conference Recommendations: New Wave Lengths", Radio Age, May 1923, page 11. Beginning with these assignments radio stations ended the practice of broadcasting their market reports and weather forecasts on the separate 485 meter wavelength.
- "Radio Stations Change Ownership", Washington Star, October 24, 1925, page 34.
- "WHK History". Cleveland Broadcast Radio Archives Project. Retrieved January 1, 2007.
- "Broadcasting Stations, by Wave Lengths, Effective November 11, 1928", Commercial and Government Radio Stations of the U.S. (Edition June 30, 1928), page 175.
- "U.S. Radio Stations as of January 1, 1934" (Federal Radio Commission)
- "Report of Applications Received for Broadcast Services" (Report #840), Federal Communications Commission, August 30, 1939, page 1.
- "WCLE History". Cleveland Broadcast Radio Archives Project. Archived from the original on December 4, 2004. Retrieved January 1, 2007.
- Radio Broadcast Stations, Federal Communications Commission (March 29, 1941 edition), page 66.
- Fybush, Scott (February 26, 2004). "More Columbus". Tower Site of the Week. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
- Jones, Vance A. "North American Radio-TV Station Listings". U.S. and Canadian Television Stations as of 1958. Retrieved July 7, 2018.
- "WHK Honors Founder Cox", Cleveland Plain Dealer, May 7, 1957, page 29.
- "Computer Picks Beatle Audience". Billboard. June 27, 1964. Retrieved July 5, 2018.
- "The voices of Browns games past". The Plain Dealer. The Plain Dealer Publishing Co. November 10, 2002. p. J6 – Sunday Arts.
- Dyer, Bob (November 6, 1988). "Two AM Stations to Change Formats". Akron Beacon Journal. pp. B2. Retrieved April 29, 2007.
- "Shamrock to sell radio stations". Wall Street Journal. November 4, 1993. pp. C22. ProQuest 398380030.
- Dolgan, Bob (May 17, 1994). "WHK has a mixed first day in sports". The Plain Dealer. pp. 5D. Retrieved January 1, 2007.
- Brown, Roger (April 26, 1996). "WHK sold to West Coast firm". The Plain Dealer. pp. 6E. Retrieved January 1, 2007.
- Long, Karen R. (October 11, 1997). "Pastor Won't Tread Lightly". The Plain Dealer. Plain Dealer Publishing Co. p. 4E – Religion.
- Carney, Jim (September 29, 1997). "Area Radio Stations to Broadcast Rally". Akron Beacon Journal. Beacon Journal Publishing Co. p. A10 – Metro.
- Quinn, Jim (June 29, 2001). "It's time to reset your radio dial: Seven stations will get new frequencies Tuesday". Akron Beacon Journal. Beacon Journal Publishing Co. p. B1 – Entertainment.
- O'Connor, Clint (June 1, 2001). "Classic pop radio will stay alive here: Actually will expand on WCLV AM". The Plain Dealer. p. 1A.
WCLV's classical music format was already set to relinquish 95.5 and simulcast on both FM 104.9 and AM 1420... But yesterday WCLV announced that instead of merely simulcasting its classical format, it would turn the AM into a new version of WRMR.
- "WRMR Format Moves to WCLV 1420 AM in July". Web.archive.org (August 3, 2001).
- "WCLV-AM Program Guide" Web.archive.org (February 3, 2002).
- WCLV-AM Program Guide, February 2002. (Archived on July 20, 2009).
- Washington, Julie E. (July 7, 2004). "Sale Tunes Out Big-Band Sound". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
But the loss of listeners and advertising revenue made WRMR a drain on sister station WCLV and the decision was made to sell the station back to Salem, (WCLV President Robert) Conrad said. 'We gave it three years, but unfortunately it's dying all across the country,' Conrad said of the format.
- Davis, Denise (July 7, 2004). "Salem Communications to Acquire WRMR-AM, Cleveland; Station Will Broadcast as WHK-AM in News/Talk Format". Salem Media Group. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
- Salem rebrands news/talk stations as "The Answer" - Inside Radio.com
- "Get Real Answers With The Bob Frantz Authority" (am1420theanswer.blogspot.com)
- Over 100 affiliates air "The O'Reilly Update" debut - All Access.com
- Inside the Great Outdoors (iGoRadio.com)
- "Program Guide: Sunday" (whkradio.com)
- "CSU Basketball To Air On WHK, 1420 AM and WHKW, 1220 AM" (CSUVikings.com)
- "Akron Zips radio network" (freefootballradio.com)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to WHK (AM).|
- Official website
- FCC History Cards for WHK
- WHK in the FCC's AM station database
- WHK on Radio-Locator
- WHK in Nielsen Audio's AM station database
- FM translator