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KWKH
City of license Shreveport, Louisiana
Broadcast area Shreveport-Bossier City metropolitan area
Branding AM 1130 - KWKH
Slogan "Home Of The Legends"
Frequency 1130 kHz
First air date August 6, 1926
Format Classic Country
Power 50,000 Watts
Class A (Clear channel)
Callsign meaning W. K. Henderson (station founder)
Owner Gap Broadcasting
(Gap Broadcasting Shreveport License, LLC)
Sister stations KEEL, KRUF, KTUX, KVKI, KXKS
Website kwkhonline.com

KWKH (1130 AM) is a classic country music radio station serving Shreveport, Louisiana. The 50-kilowatt station broadcasts at 1130AM. Formerly owned by Clear Channel Communications, it is now owned by Gap Broadcasting.

KWKH is the flagship station for the Shreveport Sports and the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs. KWKH is also the local affiliate of the New Orleans Saints and the LSU Tigers, and (as of now) one of three affiliates for the syndicated America's Trucking Network program.

History

KWKH has a colorful history. Its founder, William K. Henderson, often sparred with the Federal Radio Commission over his profanity-laced rants against chain stores and the federal government. Henderson enjoyed the patronage of Louisiana governor Huey Long for many years, but ultimately lost both Long's support and his radio license.[1]

In the mid-1950s, it was one of the first radio stations to feature the music of Elvis Presley on its long-running Louisiana Hayride program.

Prior to 1952, the station was owned by the family of newspaper publisher John D. Ewing of Shreveport.

The station carried games for the Shreveport Steamer during the 1974 World Football League season. Larry King was the color commentator for the Steamer games

Barney Cannon (1955-2009) was until his death at the age of fifty-three the program director and morning deejay on KWKH. He was also considered a source authority on Country music.

References

  1. ^ Vaillant, Derek. "Bare-Knuckled Broadcasting: Enlisting Manly Respectability and Racial Paternalism in the Battle Against Chain Stores, Chain Stations, and the Federal Radio Commission on Louisiana's KWKH, 1924–33." Radio Journal 1, no. 3 (2004): 193-211.

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