WKLT

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WKLT/WKLZ-FM
WKLT-FM.jpg
City WKLT: Kalkaska, Michigan
WKLZ: Petoskey, Michigan
Broadcast area WKLT: Traverse City, Michigan
WKLZ: Petoskey, Michigan
Branding 97.5 & 98.9 KLT
Slogan The Rock Station
Frequency WKLT: 97.5 MHz
WKLZ: 98.9 MHz
First air date WKLT: April 8, 1979 (at 97.7)
WKLZ: December 7, 1965 (as WJML-FM)
Format Mainstream Rock
ERP WKLT: 32,000 watts
WKLZ: 100,000 watts
HAAT WKLT: 188 meters
WKLZ: 244 meters
Class WKLT: C2
WKLZ: C1
Facility ID WKLT: 49591
WKLZ: 45950
Callsign meaning WKLT: KaLkaska & Traverse City
WKLZ: similar to WKLT
Former callsigns WKLT:
WKLT-FM (6/14/89-7/22/91)
WKLT (4/8/79-6/14/89)
WKLZ-FM:
WKLZ (9/1/91-10/1/98)
WJML-FM (12/7/65-9/1/91)
Former frequencies WKLT: 97.7 MHz (1979-1991)
Owner Blarney Stone Broadcasting
Sister stations WFCX, WFDX, WGRY-FM, WQON, WSRJ
Webcast Listen Live
Website wklt.com

WKLT 97.5 Kalkaska and WKLZ-FM 98.9 Petoskey, Michigan are Classic rock-leaning mainstream rock stations simulcasting as "KLT The Rock Station". The station serves the Traverse City radio markets. In October 2016, the stations were bought by Blarney Stone Broadcasting and are expected to simulcast their programming with WQON in Grayling, Michigan.

The station was started by Roy Henderson in April 1979 at 97.7, playing a CHR/Top 40 format as "Kilt 98". Due to its limited signal, the station found it difficult to compete with the high-powered WJML-FM and WKHQ, and so in 1981 the station changed format to automated country as "Country 98".

The station added an AM station at 1420 in 1982, which simulcasted the FM's format. The AM station, WKLT, was a 500-watt daytimer.

In 1982, WKLT became the Grand Traverse region's first AOR station, when Roy Henderson moved to Texas full-time, selling WKLT to a Pepsi-Cola distribution company based in North Dakota. (Northern Broadcast, a division of Northern Bottling, also owns Classic Hits WFCX 92.5/94.3 The Fox and News/Talk WSRT 106.7/105.5, formerly WKPK, "106.7 The Peak".) The new AOR format was the first of its kind in northern Michigan and gave listeners an alternative to the Top 40 fare played on WJML and WKHQ. It was during this period that WKLT would be known to its listeners as "98 Rock".

In 1991, WKLT moved to 97.5, boosting power to 32,000 watts and the company purchased WJML in Petoskey (which by that time had shifted to an Adult Contemporary format in response to competition from WKHQ and WKPK). The company spun off WJML/1110 to local broadcaster Rick Stone (who still owns the station with a news/talk format) and WKLT to the Kalkaska School system, who has since shut the station down for good. WJML-FM 98.9 became WKLZ and Double Rock KLT was born. It can be heard as far north as Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada, as far west as Manistique, and as far south as Lake City.

Throughout the 1990s, the station, and Northern Broadcast, were managed by Richard Dills of Grand Rapids. Dills, former General Manager of WKLQ-FM modeled WKLT after WKLQ even going so far as to copy the KLQ logo for KLT. In 2005, Charlie Ferguson took over the GM position at Northern Broadcast after a long stint in Minot, North Dakota, Northern Radio's home city. The Double Rock slogan was changed to "The Rock Station" reflecting the long history of the station. With the change, listeners have noted that the station has become more heavily gold-based than before but that they still plays some currents as well.

Mid-day personality and Program Director Terri Ray has become a Northern Michigan icon. She came to KLT in January 1984. She hosts the highly rated noon time request show "Lunch at the Leetsville Cafe" for 3 plus decades. Terri Ray is also the host of a local music feature called "KLT's Garage" that airs on Sunday night's at 9.

WKLT has featured the House Of Blues Radio Hour since the program went into sydication in the early 1990s, along with the daily Blues Breaks which are hosted by Elwood Blues AKA Dan Akroyd.

In August 2008 a construction permit was granted for FM translator W281AY 104.1 Alpena.

KLT's current line-up consists of radio market veteran "Racin Jacin" along with Jim Smith 6-10am, Terri Ray 10a-2pm, Tom Devitt 2-7pm, Ida 7-midnight, and California Girl from midnight-6am.

Requests are always welcome by calling 1-800-968-9558 (wklt) or 231-941-9558(wklt)

KLT can be heard on-line at wklt.com or on the free KLT The Rock Station app on I-phones or Android devices.


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Coordinates: 44°47′28″N 85°14′20″W / 44.791°N 85.239°W / 44.791; -85.239