WKHJ

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WKHJ
WKHJ 104.5KHJ logo.png
City Mountain Lake Park, Maryland
Broadcast area Oakland, Maryland
Western Maryland
Branding "104.5 KHJ"
Slogan "Today's Hits and Yesterday's Favorites"
Frequency 104.5 MHz
First air date November 23, 1988
Format Adult Contemporary
ERP 1,500 watts
HAAT 202 meters
Class A
Callsign meaning reference to L.A.'s KHJ
Affiliations Westwood One News
Owner Broadcast Communications II, Inc.
Sister stations WKTQ, WKTZ-FM, WMSG
Website WKHJ Online

WKHJ is a radio station with an Adult Contemporary format licensed to Mountain Lake Park, Maryland, near Oakland.

History[edit]

Studio in Loch Lynn Heights, Maryland

WKHJ was granted its construction permit from the Federal Communications Commission on November 23, 1988, to build a station that would broadcast on 98.9 MHz. The station signed on the air on July 9, 1990. When it was located on 98.9 MHz, the station was known as "99-KHJ". WKHJ changed frequency to 104.5 in April 1998 after a ruling by the FCC that it had to accommodate a frequency move and power increase by WDNE-FM, Elkins, WV. Eventually, WPQR (now WPKL), Uniontown, PA, was also able to upgrade in power due to the move.

WKHJ serves Garrett County, Maryland and Preston County, West Virginia. Studios are on Lothian Street in Loch Lynn Heights near Oakland. WKHJ is owned by Broadcast Communications II, Inc. and is operated from the same facility as sister stations WKTQ, WKTZ and WMSG

The initial stockholders of Southern Highlands, Incorporated, the first owners of the station included Roger Ruff, who also served as chief operator, and Albert and Jeanne Devine. Albert Devine died in November 2004, while Roger Ruff died suddenly in May 2005.

Ben Lawrence is the Operations Manager of WKHJ. Terry King is the program director of WKHJ. Jim Shaffer has served as news director from nearly the beginning. Bob Mohr works weekends.

Station sold[edit]

In July 2009 WKHJ and sisters WMSG and WWHC were sold for $830,000 to Radiowerks Broadcasting.[1]

In May 2011, WKHJ and its sister stations were ordered into receivership by the Garrett County, Maryland Circuit Court. John Culp was appointed as receiver. The Federal Communications Commission approved the transfer of the license on May 19, 2011. The three stations were transferred to Broadcast Communications II, Inc. effective July 1, 2013 at a purchase price of $775,000.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Taylor, Tom (July 27, 2009). "Wheeling and Dealing". Taylor on Radio-Info. Radio-Info.com. 

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Coordinates: 39°24′36″N 79°17′13″W / 39.410°N 79.287°W / 39.410; -79.287