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WTKT
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City of license Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Branding 1460 The Ticket Sports Radio
Frequency 1460 (kHz)
First air date March 16, 1929
Format Sports Talk
Power 5,000 Watts day
4,200 Watts Night
Class B
Facility ID 23463
Transmitter coordinates 40°18′32.5656″N 76°56′11.4174″W / 40.309046°N 76.936504833°W / 40.309046; -76.936504833
Callsign meaning W T'icKeT
Former callsigns WHP (1929-1948)
WCMB (1948-1991)
WIMX(1991-1993)
WCMB(1993-1998)
WWKL(1998-2001)
Affiliations Fox Sports Radio
Owner Clear Channel
Sister stations WHP, WRVV, WRBT, WHKF, WKBO
Website http://www.1460theticket.com

WTKT (1460 kHz, 1460 The Ticket) is an AM radio station in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The station broadcasts at 1460 kHz with 5,000 watts power daytime non-directional and 4,200 watts night time power from a three tower antenna array in Summerdale, Pennsylvania. WTKT is the flagship station for Harrisburg Senators minor league baseball.

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History

WTKT first signed on the air on March 16, 1929 as WHP on 1430 kHz with the city of license listed as Lemoyne, Pennsylvania. The transmitter and antenna array were located on Poplar Church Road(40°15′45.1044″N 76°54′37.155″W / 40.262529°N 76.91032083°W / 40.262529; -76.91032083), just across the river from Harrisburg, in Wormleysburg, Pennsylvania.

In accordance with the NARBA (North American Radio Broadcast Agreement) of 1941, the station changed frequency to 1460 kHz.

In 1948 a new AM station was constructed in Enola, Pennsylvania on 580 kHz. The WHP call letters were migrated to this station and have remained there ever since. 1460 kHz was sold off and became WCMB.

The station was purchased by Dame Media in 1997 and the land at the transmitter site was sold to Harsco. After a period of low power operation diplexed to the WKBO tower at the Harrisburg water plant, a new transmitter site was constructed in Summerdale. The station signed from this site in April of 2007.

Programming

For most of its early history, the station had a MOR format with local news, current events and public interest programming. When Barnstable Broadcasting owned it, the format was a hybrid news/sports talk.

After Dame Media acquired the station in 1997, more sports talk was added. Finally, Clear Channel changed the call letters to WTKT and made the format all Sports talk in 2000.

Currently, the station's programming consists of the local double A baseball team Harrisburg Senators, local high school football coverage, Saturday Sports Jam with Jed Donahue, and syndicated Fox Sports Radio.

High School Football

In the 2005 high school football season, 1460 the Ticket announced they would be the home for Cumberland Valley Eagles High School Football. In 2006, the Ticket also began carrying Bishop McDevitt Crusaders Football, carrying their home and playoff games.

Play By Play Teams

  • Cumberland Valley Football

Mike Miller & Bob Hauer

  • Bishop McDevitt Football

Bob Hauer & Michael Parks

Fill in:

  • WHP CBS 21's Tom Russell
  • WHP CBS 21's Michael Parker
  • WHP 580's Art Selby

Along with the broadcast, which began 30 minutes prior to kickoff, 1460 the Ticket would carry an exclusive halftime interview. Some of the interviews: Former CV Grad and Houston Texan Charlie Adams, Former Pittsburgh Steeler Franco Harris, Notre Dame Legend Daniel "Rudy" Ruttiger, Patriot News High School Football reporter Rod Frisco, as well as many others.

The games also featured an in-game regional high school scoreboard.

References

  1. 1979 Broadcasting Yearbook, pg C-186

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