WKNK

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WKNK
CityCallaway, Florida
Broadcast areaPanama City, Florida
Branding103.5 Hank FM
Frequency103.5 MHz
First air date1989-10-12 (as WXDZ)
FormatCountry
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT129 meters (423 ft)
ClassC1
Facility ID42371
Transmitter coordinates30°10′51.00″N 85°29′45.00″W / 30.1808333°N 85.4958333°W / 30.1808333; -85.4958333
Callsign meaningW Kick'N K
Former callsignsWXDZ (1989-1989)
WBKL (1989-1991)
WDRK (1991-1997)
WMXP (1997-2004)
WAKT-FM (2004-2012)
AffiliationsPremiere Radio Networks, Westwood One
OwnerGulf Coast Broadcasting
Sister stationsWASJ, WRBA
WebsiteKick'n 103.5 Country Music Radio

WKNK (103.5 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a country music format. Licensed to Callaway, Florida, United States, the station serves the Panama City area. The station is currently licensed to Gulf Coast Broadcasting

Under its previous name, "Kickin' Country 103.5", it featured "The Gulf Coast Morning Show with Flip & Streeter". Personalities included Melissa Miller, Brad McKay and Jay Arthur,[1][2][3] with additional programming from Premiere Radio Networks and Westwood One.[4]

History[edit]

WKNK first signed on on 12 October 1989 as WXDZ. On 5 December of the same year, its calls were changed to WBKL. WBKL, known as "Cool 103.5", was an oldies station. On 6 December 1991, WBKL became WDRK, and billed itself as "Rock 103". It was a modern- and alternative-rock oriented station. This lasted until 21 November 1997, when its calls were again changed, this time to WMXP, and was known as "Mix 103". In 2000, the station changed its format to Soft Rock, and its branding to "Lite Rock 103.5". In 2002, WAKT (then a country station) and WMXP traded formats, and WMXP rebranded itself to "Max Country 103.5". On 10 Mar 2004, Max Country 103 became Kat Country and its call sign was changed to WAKT-FM. In 2009, WAKT switched over to Hank FM branding, which lasted until 2012. On 9 October 2012, its calls were changed to WKNK and its branding to "Kick'n Country 103.5". On 10 October 2018, Hurricane Michael destroyed the facilities of Powell Broadcasting, then-owner of WKNK, WASJ, WPFM, and WRBA[5]. After WKNK, WASJ, and WRBA were purchased by Gulf Coast Broadcasting in December 2018[6] (WPFM was sold to EMF), WKNK was the first to go back on the air on 23 January 2019, under the Hank FM moniker.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Melissa Miller | Kick'n 103.5 Country Music Radio". kickn1035.com. Retrieved 2016-05-21.
  2. ^ "Jay Arthur | Kick'n 103.5 Country Music Radio". kickn1035.com. Retrieved 2016-05-21.
  3. ^ "Brad Mckay | Kick'n 103.5 Country Music Radio". kickn1035.com. Retrieved 2016-05-21.
  4. ^ "WKNK Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  5. ^ "Powell Broadcasting Pulling Plug On Panama City Cluster After Storm", All Access Music Group. October 15, 2018. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  6. ^ https://radioinsight.com/headlines/172514/powell-sells-silent-panama-city-trio/ Radio Insight - Panama City

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