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|Broadcast area||Youngstown, Ohio|
|Slogan||"Today's Hottest Music"|
|First air date||February 1, 1984
(at 101.1 MHz)
October 16, 1955
(at 1570 kHz)
|Format||Top 40 (CHR)|
|Callsign meaning||HOT Music|
(Cumulus Licensing LLC)
WHOT-FM (101.1 FM, "Hot 101") is a commercial radio station in Youngstown, Ohio, United States, broadcasting at 101.1 MHz with a Top 40 (CHR) format. It is one of seven radio stations in the Youngstown market owned by Cumulus Broadcasting. Its transmitter is located in Youngstown. WHOT competes with 95.9 KISSFM/Youngstown, WLER/Butler, WDJQ/Alliance/Canton, WKDD/Akron/Monroe Falls, WAKS 96.5 KISS FM/Akron/Cleveland, WQAL/Cleveland and WKST 96.1 KISS FM/Pittsburgh.
On August 15, 2006 WHOT became the first station in Eastern Ohio to broadcast in HD until it ceased HD transmission in 2015.
The connection between the WHOT callsign and the Top 40/CHR format is one of the longest running in modern radio history, dating back to 1955. WHOT is one of the first Top 40 stations in the country, as an daytime-only signal licensed to Campbell, Ohio on the 1570 kHz facility (currently home to the Warren, Ohio-licensed WHTX). Despite its technical limitations, the station attained high ratings in the Youngstown, Ohio market, which has lasted after frequency moves; first to 1330 kHz in 1963 (now WGFT), then to 1390 kHz (now WNIO) in 1990.
By 1991, the AM and FM stations broke into separate programming with the 1390 kHz facility taking an adult standards format (one that would be revisited in 1999 when WNIO's call letters and format moved to that dial position), while the 101.1 MHz taking the Top 40 format. Excluding a period of several months when WHOT-FM carried a rock music format in late 1991-early 1992, the station has since continued with a Top 40/CHR format.
Since 1995, the WHOT calls has existed exclusively on the FM dial. Prior to becoming WHOT-FM on February 1, 1984, the station used the call letters WSRD. WSRD, nicknamed "The Wizard", featured an Album-oriented rock format that was established back in the late 1970s. Known for many years as HOT-FM 101, the branding was changed to HOT-101 in the 1990s.
Weekday on-air personalities include AC McCoullough and Kelly Stevens on mornings, Justine Thomas on middays, program director J-Dub on late afternoons, and Zach Sang & The Gang on evenings. McCoullough, Stevens, Thomas, and J-Dub broadcast from the Thom Duma Fine Jewelers Studios in Youngstown.
- Tom Pappas - Now in Las Vegas
- John Trout - Now in Ocean City, MD
- Jim Loboy - Now Meteorologist at WYTV/Youngstown
- Kasper - Now on Chicago Radio
- Jonny Hartwell - Now Mornings WWSW-FM/Pittsburgh
- Jagger (known as Mike "Kidd" Thomas at WHOT) now Nights at WKTU-FM/New York, as well as Music Director for Z100/New York
- Joe Bevilaqua - Now an RVPP with Clear Channel/Denver
- Thomas John - Now at iHeartMedia in Youngstown
- Scott Adams - Now Weekends at WDJQ/Canton
- Brandy Johanntges - Now known to be acting into stage plays
- Chase - Now Operations Manager at Emmis/Austin
- Jay Kline - Now PD/Mornings at WLER/Butler
- Jordan Kline - Now at WISH/Pittsburgh
- Bob Popa - Now at WPIC/Sharon
- Aaron Tyler (known as Cooper at WHOT) now APD/Afternoons at WBNQ/Bloomington
- Hunter Quinn - Now PD/Afternoons at WZEE (Z104)/Madison
- Greg Roth
- Kerrie Evans
- Amy Dunn
- Cat Shannon ( aka Gene Gonda )- Now at Walt Disney World - Artist
- Todd Allen
- Brandon Kage
- Matt Blade - Now at Media General/Massachusetts
- J.C. Simon - Now Evenings at WLER/Butler
- Kelin Bannon - Now in Georgia
- Kyle Schrom - Now in Los Angeles
- Paul Knight - Now Nights at KYCE/Las Vegas
- Karl Bloom-Now at WKBN-TV Youngstown, Ohio
- DC Bradley- Now in Phoenix
- Official website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WHOT
- Radio-Locator information on WHOT
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WHOT