WTKK

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WTKK
City of licenseBoston, Massachusetts
Broadcast areaGreater Boston
BrandingPower 96.9
SloganJamz for Boston
Frequency

96.9 MHz

(also on HD Radio)
First air date1945 (1945)
FormatUrban Contemporary
HD2: All Irish Music
ERP22,500 watts
HAAT224 meters (735 ft)
ClassB
Facility ID25050
Transmitter coordinates42°20′49″N 71°04′59″W / 42.347°N 71.083°W / 42.347; -71.083 (WTKK)Coordinates: 42°20′49″N 71°04′59″W / 42.347°N 71.083°W / 42.347; -71.083 (WTKK)
Callsign meaningTalK (former format)
Former callsignsW1XHR (1945–1948)
WXHR (1948–1965)
WXHR-FM (1965–1967)
WJIB (1967–1990)
WCDJ (1990–1993)
WBCS (1993–1996)
WKLB-FM (1996–1997)
WSJZ (1997–1999)
OwnerGreater Media
(Greater Boston Radio, Inc.)
Sister stationsWBOS, WKLB-FM, WMJX, WROR-FM
WebcastListen Live
HD2: Listen Live
Websitewww.power969.com
HD2: www.969irish.com
 
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WTKK
City of licenseBoston, Massachusetts
Broadcast areaGreater Boston
BrandingPower 96.9
SloganJamz for Boston
Frequency

96.9 MHz

(also on HD Radio)
First air date1945 (1945)
FormatUrban Contemporary
HD2: All Irish Music
ERP22,500 watts
HAAT224 meters (735 ft)
ClassB
Facility ID25050
Transmitter coordinates42°20′49″N 71°04′59″W / 42.347°N 71.083°W / 42.347; -71.083 (WTKK)Coordinates: 42°20′49″N 71°04′59″W / 42.347°N 71.083°W / 42.347; -71.083 (WTKK)
Callsign meaningTalK (former format)
Former callsignsW1XHR (1945–1948)
WXHR (1948–1965)
WXHR-FM (1965–1967)
WJIB (1967–1990)
WCDJ (1990–1993)
WBCS (1993–1996)
WKLB-FM (1996–1997)
WSJZ (1997–1999)
OwnerGreater Media
(Greater Boston Radio, Inc.)
Sister stationsWBOS, WKLB-FM, WMJX, WROR-FM
WebcastListen Live
HD2: Listen Live
Websitewww.power969.com
HD2: www.969irish.com

WTKK is a commercial Urban Contemporary station serving the Boston area on 96.9 FM. It can be heard in eastern Massachusetts, southern New Hampshire and northern Rhode Island.

History

The station originated in 1945 as W1XHR (later WXHR), owned by Harvey Radio Laboratories and programmed a classical music format. In 1966 WXHR was sold to a joint venture of Kaiser Broadcasting and the Boston Globe and in 1967 became the beautiful music station WJIB (whose AM successor operates out of the old Harvey Radio Labs building in Cambridge). After several further ownership changes — first to General Electric in 1972, then to NBC in 1983 (three years before the merger between NBC's parent company, RCA, and GE) and Emmis Communications in 1988 — it operated as smooth jazz station WCDJ from 1990 to 1993. After Greater Media bought the station, the station was converted to country as WBCS. The station became WKLB-FM in 1996 after the previous WKLB-FM was bought by Greater Media and consolidated with WBCS, with its frequency being converted to WROR-FM. Smooth jazz returned in 1997 as WSJZ after a format swap with what had been WOAZ (now WCRB); this was dropped in 1999 in favor of Talk.

The station is still owned and operated by Greater Media to this day, with studios in Dorchester along with other Greater Media properties.

In April 2007, WTKK management attempted to add Boston Herald columnist and talk-show host Howie Carr to its lineup, after the station's syndicated morning show Imus in the Morning was cancelled after Don Imus' comments about the Rutgers University Women's Basketball team got him fired by CBS. But Carr's long-time radio-station employer, Entercom-owned WRKO, blocked that move by exercising a clause in Mr. Carr's contract allowing it to make a matching counter-offer.[1] Carr held out until November 16, 2007, after which point Carr returned to WRKO. On December 3, WTKK resumed broadcasting Imus in the Morning when it was picked up by WABC, but over time was locally limited in its broadcast time, ultimately only airing for 2 hours every weekday morning.[2] In January 2011, WTKK dropped Imus from their lineup completely in favor of an extended edition of their late morning team of Jim Braude and Margery Eagan.[3]

WTKK fired the controversial Jay Severin, a host since 1999, in April 2011 after he said he had slept with female interns at a company he had owned, and defended the practice.[4] He was officially replaced in June 2011 by radio host Doug Meehan.[5] Two months later, when rival station WXKS-AM hired Severin for afternoon drive, WTKK shuffled its lineup to place politics-heavy Michael Graham in the 3 p.m. slot. The current lineup is Eagan and Braude, followed by various hosts late motnings, then syndicated talker Michael Smerconish; an open slot, followed by "The Daily Wrap", hosted by Michael Castner and syndicated by the Wall Street Journal Radio Network, then the syndicated John Batchelor and Overnight America shows. (Doug Meehan left on December 17, 2012, to pursue a job opportunity in television; Graham left a week later.)

In December 2012, Greater Media registered many domains for WTKK, pointing that the future of the news/talk format may be in serious doubt. Many of the domains include the word "Beat", possibly pointing to an urban contemporary, Rhythmic CHR or Rhythmic AC format; if this were to occur, this would mark a return for either the Rhythmic AC format (which was last heard in 2005, when WQSX flipped to adult hits) or the urban format (which was last carried on a Boston station in 2006, when the former WILD-FM flipped to a simulcast of WAAF) in the market; in either case, this would cause the station to compete against long-dominant WJMN.[6] Other domains point to possible adult hits, oldies, all-news, sports talk, active rock, or CHR formats. In late December 2012, morning host Doug Meehan left to pursue a television opportunity in Arizona, while afternoon host Michael Graham left when his contract was not renewed. [7] In addition, weekend hosts were told the last weekend of 2012 that their shows would not continue in the new year.

In compliance with a press release by Greater Media on January 1, the station flipped at 10 AM the following day after Jim Braude and Margery Eagan's morning show, starting its new incarnation as Urban Contemporary, "Power 96.9", with Rihanna's "Diamonds" and Rick Ross' "Diced Pineapples" as the first two songs.[8]

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