KMHT (AM)

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KMHT & KMHT-FM
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CityMarshall, Texas
Broadcast areaLongview-Marshall area
BrandingKMHT: ESPN Radio 1450
KMHT-FM: 103.9 Classic Country
SloganThe Heart Beat of East Texas
FrequencyKMHT: 1450 kHz, 96.9 MHz
KMHT-FM: 103.9 MHz
Translator(s)96.9 K245BW (Marshall, relays AM)
First air date1450: April 9, 1947
103.9: September 26, 1977
96.9: September 26, 2014
Format1450, 96.9: Sports
103.9: Classic Country
Power1450: 650 watts
ERP103.9: 1,850 watts
96.9: 205 watts
HAAT103.9: 129 meters
96.9: 117 meters
Class1450: C
103.9: A
96.9: D
Facility ID1450: 72450
103.9: 72451
96.9: 156968
Transmitter coordinates1450: 32°33′50″N 94°21′4″W / 32.56389°N 94.35111°W / 32.56389; -94.35111Coordinates: 32°33′50″N 94°21′4″W / 32.56389°N 94.35111°W / 32.56389; -94.35111
96.9: 32°33′49″N 94°21′7″W / 32.56361°N 94.35194°W / 32.56361; -94.35194
103.9: 32°33′50″N 94°21′4″W / 32.56389°N 94.35111°W / 32.56389; -94.35111
Former callsigns103.9: KZEY-FM (1994-2003)
Affiliations1450, 96.9: ESPN Radio
103.9: ABC Radio
OwnerHanszen Broadcast Group, Inc.
Sister stationsKGAS, KGAS-FM, KWRD
Websiteeasttexastoday.com

KMHT (1450 AM, 96.9 FM) is a terrestrial AM radio station, paired with an FM relay translator, broadcasting a sports format.

KMHT-FM (103.9 FM) is a terrestrial FM radio station broadcasting a classic country format. All three facilities are licensed to Marshall in Harrison County, Texas, United States, and serve the Longview-Marshall area. The stations are currently owned by Hanszen Broadcast Group, Inc.[1]

The stations also broadcasts Marshall High School athletics as well as ETBU athletics, TSN (Texas State Network), Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Dallas Mavericks, the University of Texas Longhorn Athletics, and Texas A&M athletics.[2] Other area high school athletics that KMHT covers include Harleton, Karnack, and Waskom.

History[edit]

A group of local veterans returned to Marshall from World War II and took advantage of their right to first preferences of frequencies after the radio frequency freeze was lifted at the end of the war. In 1961, after 14 years of operation, KMHT AM was granted FCC permission to raise the daytime power from 250 watts to 1,000 watts. Shortly thereafter, the FCC approved the operation of 1000 Watts around the clock. A later move to a new transmitter site required lowering the power to 650 watts.

In the late 1990s, KMHT was given to Wiley College, a historically black four-year liberal arts institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church, by then owner professional boxer George Foreman.

Wiley College later sold the stations to Jerry Russell, a former member of the Tyler City Council. Russell wanted to use KMHT-FM as a repeater for his AM 690 KZEY (which has since gone silent), so KMHT-FM became KZEY-FM.

In August 2002, Hanszen Broadcast Group, Inc., purchased KMHT/KZEY and changed the FM back to KMHT-FM. In the fall of 2006, KMHT 1450 AM changed the format to ESPN Radio. The format includes local sports coverage as well as the network coverage. The KMHT-FM format stayed the same.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "KMHT Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ http://www.kmhtradio.com KMHT's Website

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