|City of license||Calhoun, Georgia|
|Broadcast area||Gordon and adjacent counties of northwest Georgia|
|Slogan||"More Music, More Country"|
|First air date||November 2011|
|HAAT||99 m (325 ft)|
|Owner||Radio WEBS, Inc.|
|Sister stations||WEBS (1030 AM)|
WIPK (94.5 FM, "Kickin' 94.5") is an American radio station licensed to serve the community of Calhoun, Georgia. The station's broadcast license is held by Radio WEBS, Inc. Established in 2011, it is the sister station of WEBS (1030 AM), also licensed to serve Calhoun.
WIPK transmits from east-southeast of the city, on the ridge east of Interstate 75. Completing its application, construction permit, and application for broadcast license all within 2011, the station serves several counties in northwest Georgia, including all of Gordon County and parts of surrounding ones. The usable signal usually reaches as far south and southeast as the north and northwestern suburbs of metro Atlanta. Reception in the Etowah/Allatoona basin is typically good in places near Cartersville and Woodstock, but south of the ridge that includes Kennesaw Mountain and Sweat Mountain, signal strength drops off going down toward the Chattahoochee River valley.
In June 2011, Radio WEBS, Inc., applied to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a construction permit for a new broadcast radio station. The FCC granted this permit on October 31, 2011, with a scheduled expiration date of October 31, 2014. The new station was assigned call sign "WIPK" on November 8, 2011. After construction and testing were completed in November 2011, the station began broadcasting under program test authority while awaiting its broadcast license.
Having gone on the air in November 2011, right around Thanksgiving, it originally broadcast a radio format of all Christmas music, ranging from country to pop, to long-time classics, and even comedy ("Leroy the Redneck Reindeer", "Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy", "Christmas Don't Be Late", "The Twelve Pains of Christmas"). This DJ-less broadcast automation continued until around 1:00 AM on January 4th, when it switched to an equally wide variety of non-Christmas music, ranging from modern country to Lady Gaga. Previously a recorded announcer, the voiceovers for the interim format were done by speech synthesis, and stated that "a new station is coming soon to this channel", and mentioned cities within the station's broadcast range.
The original launch of its regular format, scheduled for 9:45 a.m. on January 3, 2012, did not occur due to technical issues. On January 17, the station switched to a recording of a heartbeat, with announcements every two minutes that the new format would finally begin the next morning. On January 18, the station manager introduced the WEBS/WIPK staff that had made the new station possible, using the moniker "Kickin' 94.5", and at 9:56 a.m. began playing "Gone Country". The all-country format mixes current music along with songs from recent decades, back to the 1980s.
The FCC granted WIPK its broadcast license on January 27, 2012.
- "Application Search Details ()". FCC Media Bureau. October 31, 2011. Retrieved January 22, 2012.
- "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access Database. FCC Media Bureau. November 8, 2011. Retrieved January 22, 2012.
- "Application Search Details ()". FCC Media Bureau. December 8, 2011. Retrieved January 22, 2012.
- WIPK official homepage
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WIPK
- Radio-Locator information on WIPK
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WIPK
- WIPK official Facebook page
- WIPK official Christmas site