WTIC (AM)

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WTIC
WTIC NewsTalk1080 logo.gif
CityHartford, Connecticut
Broadcast areaHartford, Connecticut
BrandingWTIC NewsTalk 1080
SloganConnecticut's Local Radio Station
Frequency1080 kHz
(also on HD Radio via WTIC-FM-HD2)
First air dateFebruary 10, 1925
FormatNews/Talk
Power50,000 watts
ClassA (clear-channel)
Facility ID66464
Transmitter coordinates41°46′39″N 72°48′19″W / 41.77750°N 72.80528°W / 41.77750; -72.80528Coordinates: 41°46′39″N 72°48′19″W / 41.77750°N 72.80528°W / 41.77750; -72.80528
Callsign meaningWe're the Travelers Insurance Company
(former owners)
AffiliationsCBS News
WFSB (CBS)
OwnerEntercom
(Entercom License, LLC)
Sister stationsWRCH, WTIC-FM, WZMX
Webcastplayer.radio.com
Websitewtic.com

WTIC (WTIC NewsTalk 1080) is a 50,000-watt radio station operating from Hartford, Connecticut, broadcasting news and talk radio. Its signal, located at 1080 kHz, can be picked up throughout Southern New England by day and over much of the eastern half of the United States and Canada by night. WTIC is owned by Entercom. Its transmitter is located in Avon, Connecticut, and its studios are located on Executive Drive in Farmington, Connecticut. WTIC is a Primary entry point (PEP) for the EAS.

In December 2008 the station made major programming changes—co-host Diane Smith was dropped from the morning show she hosted with Ray Dunaway, which covers local affairs from a relatively moderate perspective. The libertarian-edged Sound Off Connecticut hosted by conservative Jim Vicevich had an hour added to the show. The station continued to carry Rush Limbaugh at midday, but the afternoon drive personality, vocal liberal Colin McEnroe, was laid off and his timeslot replaced with a three-hour local and national news roundup.[1]

WTIC's call letters stand for the station's original owners, the Travelers Insurance Company;[2] however, the station is no longer affiliated with Travelers.

On February 2, 2017, CBS Radio announced it would merge with Entercom.[3] The merger was approved on November 9, 2017, and was consummated on the 17th.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grant, Steve. "Colin McEnroe, Diane Smith Laid Off By WTIC-AM". Hartford Courant.
  2. ^ Collins, Michael. "Time Line For Connecticut Broadcasting". Connecticut Broadcaster's Association.
  3. ^ CBS Radio to Merge with Entercom
  4. ^ "Entercom Receives FCC Approval for Merger with CBS Radio". Entercom. November 9, 2017. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  5. ^ Venta, Lance (November 17, 2017). "Entercom Completes CBS Radio Merger". Radio Insight. Retrieved November 17, 2017.

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