WTSN (AM)

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WTSN
WTSN (AM) logo.jpg
City Dover, New Hampshire
Broadcast area Seacoast Region
Branding 98.1 WTSN
Frequency 1270 kHz
Translator(s) 98.1 W251CF (Dover)
First air date August 19, 1956
Format Talk radio/sports
Power 5,000 watts
250 watts (translator)
Class B
Facility ID 23254
Transmitter coordinates 43°11′1.00″N 70°51′14.00″W / 43.1836111°N 70.8538889°W / 43.1836111; -70.8538889 (WTSN)
Callsign meaning Twin State Network
(originally a sister station to WTSA, WTSL, and WTSV, which are located along the New HampshireVermont border)[1]
Affiliations CBS Radio News
ABC News Radio
Westwood One Network
Salem Radio Network
CBS Radio Sports
New York Yankees Radio Network
Boston Celtics Radio Network[Boston Red Sox Radio Network]
Owner Binnie Media
(WBIN Media Co., Inc.)
Sister stations WBYY
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.wtsnam1270.com

WTSN (1270 kHz/98.1 MHz) is a commercial radio station licensed to Dover, New Hampshire and serving the Seacoast Region of New Hampshire and Southern Maine. WTSN airs a News/Talk radio format with sports at night. It broadcasts with 5,000 watts of power from a transmitter on Back Road in Dover.

WTSN is simulcast on an FM translator at 98.1, W251CF.[2] The station identifies itself using its FM dial position, "News Talk 98.1 WTSN."[3]

Programming[edit]

WTSN carries local and syndicated talk programming. The station began carrying the Boston-based Howie Carr Show in late afternoons on February 16, 2015. Dennis Prager was added in early afternoons in 2016. The station also carries live high school sports. Mike Pomp hosts the award-winning Morning Information Center and Open Mic Show.

WTSN features local news updates throughout the day, in addition to NH1 News and CBS Radio News updates.

History[edit]

WTSN first signed on in 1956.[4] The call sign was chosen because the original owner was the Twin State Network, which owned radio stations in both New Hampshire and Vermont.

In August 2015 WTSN and its sister station WBYY joined with Aruba Capital Holdings's WXEX and Port Broadcasting's WNBP and WWSF to form Coastal Media Partners, with Port Broadcasting management assuming immediate oversight of WTSN and WBYY.[5] The merger failed to close, and in April 2016 WTSN and sister station WBYY were sold to Binnie Media for $2.1 million.[6] The sale officially closed on September 29, 2016.

WTSN began a simulcast using an FM translator on the frequency 98.1 (W251CF) in November 2016.

Honors[edit]

WTSN was named the New Hampshire AM Radio Station of the year in 2006 by The New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters. WTSN was named the 2007 New Hampshire Radio Station of the year by the same broadcast organization. Mike Pomp was named the "Radio Personality of the Year" in 2016 by the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters. He previously won in 2012, and was NH Broadcaster of the Year in 2009.

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