- WNHT (FM)
Infobox Radio Station
name = WNHT
Churubusco, Indiana/ Fort Wayne, Indiana
branding = Wild 96.3
slogan = "Hip Hop and R&B"
frequency = 96.3 (MHz)
erp = 6,700 Watts
class = B1
owner = Summit City Radio Group
WNHT (Wild 96.3) is an FM
radio stationlicensed to Churubusco, Indianabut located in nearby Fort Wayne, Indiana. The station operates on the FM radiofrequency of 96.3 MHz. WNHT is one of two Rhythmic Contemporary stations in the market, the other being WJFX.
96.3 FM began operations as WKQM in April
1994, featuring an easy listening/ adult standardsmusic format. In September 1995, WKQM changed its format to modern rockand adopted the moniker "The Edge," with new calls WEJE. "The Edge" was consulted by noted rock radio consultant Fred Jacobs, but after Jacobs Mediaand 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 musicformat as WWWD, originally tagged "Big Red Country" but then changed to "Red Hot Country" after Artistic Media Partnersnotified 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 WQHKand WBTU, lasted a little less than a year.
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.
* [http://www.wild963.com Wild 96.3's website]
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