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City Hartford, Connecticut
Broadcast area Hartford, Connecticut
Slogan Today's Best Variety
Frequency 96.5 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date February 5, 1940
(43.5 MHz as W1XSO)
December 15, 1941
(45.3 MHz as W53H)
April 17, 1948
(96.5 MHz as WTIC-FM)
Format FM/HD1: Hot AC
HD2: WTIC simulcast
ERP 20,000 watts
HAAT 247.0 meters (810.4 ft)
Class B
Facility ID 66465
Callsign meaning Travelers Insurance Corporation (former owners of AM sister station)
Owner Entercom
(CBS Radio Stations Inc.)
Sister stations WRCH, WTIC, WZMX
Webcast Listen Live
Website 965tic.cbslocal.com

WTIC-FM is a commercial radio station primarily serving the Hartford market, though its signal can be picked up throughout most of Connecticut and into Springfield, Massachusetts. It currently broadcasts a Hot Adult Contemporary format. It is located on the dial at 96.5 MHz. It is currently operated by Entercom. Its transmitter is located in Avon, and has studios located at 10 Executive Drive in Farmington, Connecticut.


WTIC-FM was one of the two pre-World War II FM stations in Connecticut, signing on the air originally as W1XSO on February 5, 1940, and using a frequency of 43.5 MHz. In December 1941, it became a commercial operation using the call letters W53H. In 1943, the call letters were changed for the last time to WTIC-FM. On April 17, 1948, the station moved to 96.5 MHz where it has remained to this day, and switched to a classical music format. It switched from classical to CHR/Top 40 on May 12, 1977; the first song played as a Top 40 station was "Feels Like the First Time" by Foreigner. The station's classical music library was donated to the University of Hartford radio station WWUH a few months later.

The original WTIC-FM Top 40 format in the late 1970s consisted of only current hit songs and no oldies in a high-energy, jingle-heavy presentation designed by consultant Mike Joseph, and was an instant success. Joseph would later term this formatic approach "Hot Hits", and put it into use at other stations around the United States, most notably WBBM-FM in Chicago.

The station switched to its current Hot AC format on June 15, 1994.[1] This was done in order to remove controversial rap music from its playlist. After the switch, the station's sound has become decidedly softer in subsequent years compared to its past, though this has changed in recent years, as the Hot AC format as a whole has embraced more upbeat music. Since 1977, the radio station has referred to itself on the air variously as "Your Music Connection WTIC FM", "96 TICS WTIC FM", "Hot Hits 96 TICS", "96 TIC-FM", and "The New 96.5 TIC-FM".

On February 2, 2017, CBS Radio announced it would merge with Entercom.[2] The merger was approved on November 9, 2017, and was consummated on the 17th.[3][4]

WTIC-FM broadcasts in the HD Radio (hybrid) format.[5]


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Coordinates: 41°46′26″N 72°48′18″W / 41.774°N 72.805°W / 41.774; -72.805