WNHT (FM)

WNHT (FM)

Infobox Radio Station
name = WNHT


area = Churubusco, Indiana/Fort Wayne, Indiana
branding = Wild 96.3
slogan = "Hip Hop and R&B"
airdate =
frequency = 96.3 (MHz)
format = Rhythmic Contemporary
erp = 6,700 Watts
class = B1
owner = Summit City Radio Group

WNHT (Wild 96.3) is an FM radio station licensed to Churubusco, Indiana but located in nearby Fort Wayne, Indiana. The station operates on the FM radio frequency of 96.3 MHz. WNHT is one of two Rhythmic Contemporary stations in the market, the other being WJFX.

History

96.3 FM began operations as WKQM in April 1994, featuring an easy listening/adult standards music format. In September 1995, WKQM changed its format to modern rock and adopted the moniker "The Edge," with new calls WEJE. "The Edge" was consulted by noted rock radio consultant Fred Jacobs, but after Jacobs Media and WEJE parted ways in January 1998, WEJE rebranded as "Extreme 96.3."

In March of 2001, the "Extreme" calls and WEJE calls moved to new sign-on 102.3 FM in Auburn, Indiana (now WGBJ), and on March 12, 2001, 96.3 debuted a new country music format as WWWD, originally tagged "Big Red Country" but then changed to "Red Hot Country" after Artistic Media Partners notified 96.3's then-owner, Frank Kovas, that the name "Big Red Country" was already service-marked for their station in Ellettsville. "Red Hot Country," unable to compete with WQHK and WBTU, lasted a little less than a year.

On March 1, 2002, following Kovas' sale of his stations to Travis Broadcasting Corporation the previous December, "Red Hot Country" was blown up in favor of WHTD "Hits 96," a CHR/Pop station. On April 5, 2004, after stunting with "Wild Thing" by Tone Loc, 96.3 debuted its current CHR/Rhythmic format and calls. The station was purchased by current owners Summit City Radio Group in July, 2004.

External links

* [http://www.wild963.com Wild 96.3's website]
*fmq|WNHT


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