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WHKY Announces New Programming

WHKY Talk Radio announced today that it will air a 30-minute news program, “First News,” beginning Monday, April 1 at 6 a.m. “First News,” which will air every Monday through Friday, will focus almost exclusively on local content, plus the FOX News Radio update at the top of the hour. FOX News will be followed by reporter Rob Eastwood’s two-minute local news coverage. The program will continue with The Crime Report, summarizing felony arrests, courtroom news, and other information from local law enforcement agencies. The Crime Report includes contributions from news director Ralph Mangum, as well as Eastwood and reporter Arianna Mack. Local Sports will follow, featuring sports director Jason Savage. “First News” will conclude with Community Focus, which spotlights arts & entertainment, non-profit organizations, and much more.

“First News” will repeat at 6:30 a.m., leading into WHKY’s popular “First Talk” program with Hal Row. WHKY Talk Radio is broadcast on 1290 a.m. and 102.3 f.m. “WHKY is thrilled to offer programming where our local community is always the first priority of the day,” stated Station Manager Linda Long.

WHKY is also pleased to announce that long-time Charlotte-area radio personality Chuck Boozer will debut “On Second Thought,” a new three-hour radio program starting on the same date (April 1). Boozer’s show will follow “First Talk” each weekday morning, starting at nine and ending at noon. Boozer’s career in radio began in Phoenix, Arizona in 1973. He has entertained listeners in Texas, Ohio, Charlotte, and Myrtle Beach. Boozer says, “This old dog is ready for new tricks. I’m hoping to bring a smile to your face and a good thought or two. I’m hoping for some great phone calls, beyond people I owe money to. We’re excited to be part of the WHKY family.”

WHKY is a family-owned-and-operated business in Hickory that has been in continuous operation under the Long family’s leadership since it was founded in 1939, first hitting the airwaves in June of 1940. The station is located at 526 Main Avenue S.E. in Hickory. For more information, call 828-322-1290, visit, or contact the news department directly at