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City Franklin, Tennessee
Broadcast area Nashville, Tennessee
Branding Lightning 100
Slogan Nashville's Independent Radio
Frequency 100.1 MHz
First air date December 1986
Format Adult album alternative
ERP 200 watts
HAAT 360 meters
Class A
Facility ID 24427
Callsign meaning We're Radio LighTning
Owner Tuned-in Broadcasting
Webcast Listen Live
Website lightning100.com

WRLT ("Lightning 100") is an independently owned and operated adult album alternative-formatted FM radio station in the Nashville, Tennessee market and located at 100.1 MHz. The station is licensed to Franklin, Tennessee, some 20 miles south of Nashville.

Previously failing in modern country and rock formats, the current format was adopted in the mid-1980s under the leadership of Ned Horton. Since then, the format was "tweaked" on numerous occasions.

WRLT's playlist is an eclectic mix of artists, up and coming singer/songwriters, and current music. Artists such as My Morning Jacket, Led Zeppelin, Beck and Brett Dennen can be heard on the station. Lightning 100 was the first station in Music City to play artists such as Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Sheryl Crow and Dave Matthews Band. The station, unusual for contemporary-era commercial stations in the U.S., has demonstrated a considerable dedication to live programming.

Programming highlights include the "Lightning Request" lunch hour, the615 each Monday evening (featuring unsigned bands that call Nashville home), the Indie Underground Hour on Thursday nights, and Lightning 100 Unplugged on Sunday mornings.

In 2006, WRLT launched the syndicated talk radio show, Music Business Radio, hosted by music marketing expert, consultant, and author David Hooper, and features interviews with various industry professionals giving the listener their insight and expertise into the business.

WRLT is also home to community outreach and special events through Team Green Adventures, an outdoor adventure group with a mission to increase awareness about the environment, health, and community through adventure, and Live on the Green, a free music festival on the plaza at Metro Nashville Courthouse from August through September, highlighting local artists and businesses.

Full-time DJs[edit]

  • Adam Culver (6am–10am)
  • Jayson Chalfant (6am–10am)
  • Dan Buckley (10am–3pm)
  • Ana Lee (3pm–7pm)

Other DJs[edit]

  • Keith Coes
  • Doyle Davis (Indie Underground Hour)
  • David Hooper (Music Business Radio)

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Coordinates: 36°02′06″N 86°50′53″W / 36.035°N 86.848°W / 36.035; -86.848