WTKT

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WTKT
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City Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Branding 1460 The Ticket Sports Radio
Slogan All Sports All the Time
Frequency 1460 (kHz)
First air date March 16, 1929
Format Sports Talk
Power 5,000 watts day
4,200 watts Night
Class B
Facility ID 23463
Transmitter coordinates 40°18′32.57″N 76°56′11.4174″W / 40.3090472°N 76.936504833°W / 40.3090472; -76.936504833
Callsign meaning W TicKeT
Former callsigns WCMB (1948-1991)
WIMX(1991-1993)
WCMB(1993-1998)
WWKL (1998-2001)
Affiliations Fox Sports Radio
Owner iHeartMedia, Inc.
(Clear Channel Broadcasting Licenses, Inc.)
Sister stations WHP, WRVV, WRBT, WHKF
Website 1460theticket.com

WTKT (1460 kHz, 1460 The Ticket) is an AM radio station in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The station broadcasts at 1460 kHz with 5,000 watts power daytime non-directional and 4,200 watts night time power from a three tower antenna array in Summerdale, Pennsylvania. WTKT is the flagship station for Harrisburg Senators minor league baseball.

History[edit]

WTKT first signed on the air on February 19, 1948 as WCMB on 960 kHz with the city of license listed as Lemoyne, Pennsylvania. (Harrisburg Evening News, February 19, 1948, page 21) The transmitter and antenna were located on Poplar Church Road(40°15′45.10″N 76°54′37.155″W / 40.2625278°N 76.91032083°W / 40.2625278; -76.91032083), just across the river from Harrisburg, in Wormleysburg, Pennsylvania. The studios were in Lemoyne on the second floor of the Lemoyne Theatre building in the 300 block of Market Street. (Harrisburg Evening News, February 19, 1948, page 21)

WCMB was founded by Edgar T. Shepard and Edgar K. "Ed" Smith under the Rossmoyne Corporation name. Smith served as the station manager for several decades. He was a lifelong resident of Harrisburg, beginning his career at WHP-AM in the early 1930s. (Harrisburg Evening News, September 8, 1954)

Rossmoyne added a television station, WCMB-TV, in 1954. It was the original channel 27 in Harrisburg. (WTPA was on channel 71 at the time, starting in July 1953.) WCMB-TV was an affiliate of the DuMont network. (Harrisburg Evening News, September 8, 1954) The station failed in April 1957 (per station records) after DuMont "went dark", leaving channel 27 open for WTPA to take over on June 1, 1957 (Harrisburg Patriot News, May 31, 1957).

WCMB-FM (on 99.3 MHz) launched in 1965 (per station records). It is presently WHKF.

WCMB-AM moved to 1460 kHz in 1951 after WHP moved to 580 kHz. (WHP had been on 1460 kHz for ten years after the NARBA alignment.) WHP and WCMB had no formal association until the 1990s after Dame Media purchased both stations.

The station was purchased by Dame Media in 1997 and the land at the transmitter site was sold to its next door neighbor Harsco. After a period of low power operation from 2001 to 2004, WTKT diplexed on the WKBO tower at the Harrisburg water plant, a new transmitter site was constructed in Summerdale. The station signed on from this site in July 2004.

Programming[edit]

For most of its early history, the station had a MOR format with local news, current events and public interest programming. When Barnstable Broadcasting owned it, the format was a hybrid news/sports talk.

After Dame Media acquired the station in 1997, more sports talk was added. Finally, Clear Channel changed the call letters to WTKT and made the format all Sports talk in 2000.

Currently, the station's programming consists of the local double A baseball team Harrisburg Senators, local high school football coverage, Saturday Sports Jam with Jed Donahue, and syndicated Fox Sports Radio.

High School Football[edit]

In the 2005 high school football season, 1460 the Ticket announced they would be the home for Cumberland Valley Eagles High School Football. In 2006, the Ticket also began carrying Bishop McDevitt Crusaders Football, carrying their home and playoff games.

References[edit]

  1. Harrisburg Evening News, February 19, 1948, page 21
  2. Harrisburg Evening News, September 9, 1954, page 13-14
  3. Harrisburg Patriot News, May 31, 1957

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