- WHAS (AM)
Infobox Radio station
name = WHAS-AM
branding = "84 WHAS"
slogan = "Depend On It
July 18, 1922
frequency = 840 kHz (AM) +
power = 50,000
callsign_meaning = We Have A Signal (a
backronym, as the call was randomly assigned by the FCC)
owner = Clear Channel
website = [http://www.whas.com WHAS.com]
WHAS, known by the on air branding as "84 WHAS", is an
AM radiostation broadcasting in Louisville, Kentucky. It is a 50,000 Watt clear channelradio station assigned to frequency 840 kHz. With clear channelstatus, its nighttime signal can be heard in most of the continental U.S. and much of Canada, and even in other countries at times.
Its first broadcast was on
July 18, 1922. It was originally assigned the frequency of 350 kHz. On May 16, 1925, the first broadcast of the Kentucky Derbywas broadcast over WHAS and WGN. [ "Derby To Go On The Air", "The New York Times", 16 May 1925, p. 11] During the 1937 Flood the station aired 115,000 messages. On March 29, 1941the station moved to its current frequency of 840 AM. On March 30, 1970WHAS began 24-hour operation. WHAS' music format was for many years an adult-oriented combination of Top 40hits and Oldies; one longtime slogan was "Good and Gold" (as in "good music", or adult contemporary/MOR, and "golden" oldies). The station continued to feature some music programming (mostly of the oldiesvariety) well into the 1990s, making it one of the last 50,000-watt clear-channel radio stations to feature music programming on a regular basis.
The station has been broadcasting on a full time basis in the
IBOC digital radiomode, using the HD Radiosystem from iBiquity, since September 2007 after an initial testing period which started in 2006. Prior to 1995, WHAS had been broadcasting in AM stereo, and was the last 50 kW AM station with a full time Adult Contemporaryformat. [http://users.hfx.eastlink.ca/~amstereo/offenders.htm]
The station was originally part of the local media empire ruled by the Bingham family, which also published "Louisville Courier-Journal" (now owned by Gannett) and owned television station and
CBSturned ABC affiliate WHAS-TV(owned by Belonow).
WHAS is the flagship radio station of the annual
WHAS Crusade for Childrentelethon. The station also broadcasts "The Moral Side of the News," one of the oldest public affairs programs in American broadcasting, dating back to the 1940s. The show has also been shown on WHAS-TV since the 1950s. The show's panel of clergymembers have been involved in distributing the proceeds of the Crusade for Children among local charities since the telethon's beginning. [http://www.whascrusade.org/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=12]
WHAS was the first station to broadcast the call of the Kentucky Derby live, using an announcer who watched from the windows of one of the famous twin spires of
WHAS is currently owned by
Clear Channel Communications.
The station also features "
The Rush Limbaugh Show" on its daily lineup. Some other personalities on the weekday lineup include Terry Meinerson "Terry Meiners and Company", Francene Cucinello on "The Francene Show," and Lachlan McLeanon "Sports Talk 84"
WHAS is the flagship station for
University of Louisvilleathletic broadcasts, carrying Cardinal football and men's basketball games.
On the afternoon of April 3, 1974, Louisville was hit by an F4 tornado that developed during the "
Super Outbreak". WHAS broke away from regular programming to track the storm as it passed through the Louisville metropolitan area.
In the hours immediately following the storm, the station delivered important information about what areas had been directly impacted by the storms, and traffic reporter Dick Gilbert followed the tornado in his helicopter, reporting on the damage as he flew at a safe distance behind the storm.
The station stayed with continuous coverage of the disaster until well into the early morning hours of April 4. For their efforts, the station's personnel earned thanks from then-Kentucky Governor
Wendell Fordand President Richard Nixon.
Notable WHAS alumni
Beth Andrews, meteorologist
Joe Donovan, overnight "oldies" DJ
*Dr. Stan Frager
Dick Gilbert, traffic reporter
Cawood Ledford, sports
*Don McNeill, national morning radio host
Milton Metz, talk show host
Jane Norris, talk show host
Wayne Perkey, morning DJ
Gary Rizzo, meteorologist
Ken Schulz, morning meteorologist
Chuck Taylor, meteorologist
Fred Wiche, farm reporter
Reed Yadon, meteorologist
* [http://www.whas.com/ Official website]
* [http://www.francene.net Francene]
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