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WHKY TalkRadio for The Greater Hickory Metro
  • WHKY TalkRadio broadcast on both 1290 AM with 50,000 watts and on 102.3 FM to fully cover The Greater Hickory Metro area.
  • WHKY has the only local live morning talk show, “First Talk with Hal Row”.
  • WHKY has all the top rated national talk shows including Sean Hannity, Mike Gallagher, Clay Travis & Buck Sexton and Mark Levin.
  • WHKY has the only full time local news staff dedicated to providing extensive local news, weather & sports.
  • WHKY airs Fox News Radio, the North Carolina News Network, NASCAR races and FOX Sports Radio to fully reach and fill the needs of the local market.
  • Primary Audience:  Adults 35 – plus
WHKY Radio Broadcast Data:

WHKY Radio signed on June 10, 1940 and transmits on 1290 AM and 102.3 FM.

Format: News/Talk with emphasis on local news, sports and information.
Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Power: AM  50,000 watts directional daytime,  1,000 watts directional nighttime.   FM  250 watts
Transmitter Coordinates:  AM:  Longitude North 35°43’35.0″N  , Latitude West 81°18’02.0″W   |    FM:  35° 39′ 28.50″ N Latitude 81° 24′ 23.30″ W Longitude (NAD 27)


WHKY-TV 14, the independent full-power television station, covering 22 counties encompassing the Charlotte television market. WHKY-TV is available to viewers via free over-the-air Digital TV, Cable TV, DirecTV and Dish Network.   Local half- hour newscast devoted to the Greater Hickory Metro area are broadcast weeknights at 5:30pm and 10:00pm.   WHKY-TV main channel  broadcasts in HDTV 16×9 720p on 14.1  WHKY-TV operates six digital entertainment channels on 14.2, 14.3, 14.4, 14.5 14.6 & 14.7 which are available both Over-the-Air and on select cable systems.

Both were the first stations in Hickory, NC and between Charlotte and Asheville, NC at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Founded in 1939 by Edmund S. Long the stations are still locally owned and operated by the Long Family as Long Communications, LLC.

WHKY-TV Broadcast Data:

WHKY-TV signed on February 14, 1968.

Format: Independent
Local News: Weeknights 5:30pm & 10:00pm (1/2 Hour)
Hours of Operation: 24 hours, 7 days a week

Digital Television distributed transmission system RF & Virtual Channel 14 (multiple transmitter sites):

DTS 1 (atop Baker Mountain, Catawba County, NC):

35° 39′ 28.5″ N Latitude
81° 24′ 23.30″ W Longitude (NAD 27)

Effective Radiated Power (ERP):   1 Million watts
Antenna Height Above Average Terrain: 256 meters (840 feet)

DTS 2 (Charlotte, NC):

35° 17′ 14.00″ N Latitude
80° 41′ 45.00″ W Longitude (NAD 27)

Effective Radiated Power (ERP):   260,000 watts
Antenna Height Above Average Terrain: 161 meters (528 feet)