WHKY – 1290 AM

WHKY (1290 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station in Hickory, North Carolina. The station is owned by Long Communications, LLC, and broadcasts a news/talk/sports format. The radio studios and offices are on Main Avenue SE in Hickory.

Weekdays, WHKY has local news at 15 and 45 past the hour from 6:45 to 8:45am, 12 noon, 3 and 5pm. Local sports is provided at 7:45 and 8:45am and 3 and 5pm. News at the top of each hour is provided by Fox News Radio. WHKY is also affiliated with the North Carolina News Network. Until 2023, the station was co-owned with WHKY-TV (channel 14, now religious station WWJS). WHKY radio is simulcast via that station’s second audio program, effectively bringing its reach across the Charlotte metro through that simulcast.

WHKY is a Class A station, with a daytime power of 50,000 watts and a nighttime power of 1,000 watts. The station’s transmitter is located near Conover, North Carolina. WHKY’s signal can be heard in the Hickory, North Carolina area, as well as parts of Charlotte, North Carolina and Asheville, North Carolina.

WHKY was founded in 1947 by the Hickory Daily Record. The station was originally owned by the Hickory Broadcasting Company. In 1979, the station was purchased by Long Communications, LLC.

WHKY is a popular radio station in the Hickory area. The station is known for its news, talk and sports programming. WHKY is also a major source of local news and information.


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