WMET is a radio station broadcasting on 1160 kHz in the
mediumwaveAM band. The station moved from the 1150 kHz frequency in 2003. Its transmitter is located in Gaithersburg, Maryland and it serves the Washington, D.C.metropolitan area. WMET has a daytime transmitter power of 50,000 watts but suffers from a low 1500 watt directional signal at night.
WMET has run through a variety of formats including an all-comedy format as WJOK in 1983. In recent years, station owner IDT had aired a conservative talk format including syndicated hosts
Tony Snow& G. Gordon Liddy. The Greasemanwas hired for the morning drivetime slot in November 2005. WMET switched to a brokered (paid) programming format in March 2006. Greaseman's show was among the few weekday programs to be retained in the transition but he later left on hiatus in November 2007. WMET now airs Music of Your Lifestandards in the slot.
WMET is an affiliate station for
James Madison Universityfootball and men's basketball.
"Historical note": the call letters WMET were used for a radio station in Chicago at 95.5 FM from December 1976 to 1986.
During the 1960's, WHMC also broadcast on FM, and was known as the "500 Watt Flower-pot". 'HMC, as it was called then, hired
Barry Richardsaway from WINX (1600AM) in nearby Rockville MD, and was the DC area's first "album rock" station. The station also sponsored a series of rock concerts underneath the towers (which were on a grassy hillside in Gaithersburg) that were well-attended by area teens.
* [http://www.wmet1160.com/ WMET Website]
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