WHBE

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WHBE
City of licenseNewburg, Kentucky
Broadcast areaLouisville, Kentucky
BrandingESPN Radio 680
Frequency680 kHz
First air dateAugust 24, 1992
FormatSports
Power1,000 watts day
450 watts night
ClassB
Facility ID56520
Transmitter coordinates38°5′31.00″N 85°40′56.00″W / 38.09194°N 85.68222°W / 38.09194; -85.68222
Former callsignsWXKN (1992–1997)
WNAI (1997–1999)
WJIE (1999–2002)
WDRD (2002–2011)
AffiliationsESPN Radio
OwnerUB Louisville, LLC
Websiteespnlouisville.com
 
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WHBE
City of licenseNewburg, Kentucky
Broadcast areaLouisville, Kentucky
BrandingESPN Radio 680
Frequency680 kHz
First air dateAugust 24, 1992
FormatSports
Power1,000 watts day
450 watts night
ClassB
Facility ID56520
Transmitter coordinates38°5′31.00″N 85°40′56.00″W / 38.09194°N 85.68222°W / 38.09194; -85.68222
Former callsignsWXKN (1992–1997)
WNAI (1997–1999)
WJIE (1999–2002)
WDRD (2002–2011)
AffiliationsESPN Radio
OwnerUB Louisville, LLC
Websiteespnlouisville.com

WHBE (680 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a sports format. Licensed to Newburg, Kentucky, USA, an unincorporated community in Jefferson County that in 2003 merged alongside the rest of the county with Louisville, the station serves the Louisville area. The station is currently owned by UB Louisville, LLC and features programing from ESPN Radio.[1]

History

The station went on the air August 24, 1992 as WXKN, with a news/talk format largely consisting of CNN Headline News programming. The call letters were changed to WNAI in 1997.[2] Word Broadcasting Network, owner of television station WBNA, acquired the station in 1999[3] and renamed it WJIE[2] (sharing call letters with WJIE-FM, which is owned by a sister entity to Word Broadcasting Network). Three years later, the station was sold to The Walt Disney Company, which implemented its Radio Disney programming;[4] on April 23, the call letters were changed to WDRD.[2]

Disney put WDRD up for sale in late September 2010, and originally planned to temporarily shut the station down on September 30, 2010.[5] However, the station instead switched to ESPN Radio (itself owned by Disney), which had previously been heard on WQKC before it was shut down by Cumulus Media the preceding August,[6] after a deal to sell the station to Chad Boeger was reached.[4] Boeger acquired the station through UB Louisville, LLC; this entity shares several investors with Union Broadcasting, owner of Kansas City sports station WHB.[7] The call letters were changed to the current WHBE on February 18, 2011.[2]

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