|City||Myrtle Beach, South Carolina|
|Broadcast area||Myrtle Beach, South Carolina|
|Branding||105.5 Hank FM|
|Slogan||Plays The Legends of Country|
|Translator(s)||105.5 W288DK (Myrtle Beach)|
|First air date||1965 (as WTGR at 1520)|
|Power||1,000 watts unlimited|
|Call sign meaning||HanK|
|Former call signs||WRNN (4/18/2007-4/23/2018)|
|Former frequencies||1520 kHz (1965-1996)|
|Owner||Dick Broadcasting |
(Dick Broadcasting Company, Inc. of Tennessee)
|Sister stations||WRNN-FM, WYAV, WKZQ, WMYB|
WWHK (1450 AM) is a classic country radio station licensed to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States, serving the Myrtle Beach area. The station is owned by Dick Broadcasting, through licensee Dick Broadcasting Company, Inc. of Tennessee. Its studios and transmitter are co-located in Myrtle Beach. The station's programming is also heard on FM translator station W288DK (105.5 FM).
A portion of WWHK's broadcast day was a simulcast of sister station WRNN-FM from 8 PM to 6 AM on weekdays, and throughout the weekend. WWHK previously aired Mike Gallagher, Dr. Laura, Clark Howard, Lars Larson, and a local sports talk program during the daytime and evening hours.
Ham radio operators started WTGR, a 250-watt station at 1520 AM, in 1965. Tiger Radio became "the hallmark radio station" for Myrtle Beach, playing Top 40 and beach music. DJs included Billy Smith, Bill Hennecy, Big Al Irvin, Bill Connell, Bruce Miller, Steve Mims and J. Patrick Milan.
Banana Jack Murphy and Bob Scarborough of Waccamaw Media started TigerRadioOnline.com, an Internet radio station, in 2000, with jingles and music from the former WTGR. This station stayed on the air until 2005, operating from Waccamaw Media studios on Wesley Street near Freestyle Music Park.
On December 23, 1996, WKZQ moved to 1450, a frequency vacated in the mid-1980s which once used the letters WMYB, giving the station a nighttime signal (though daytime power was reduced from 5,000 to 1,000 watts), and continuing the FM simulcast, as well as NASCAR. At first, WKZQ played rock. Then it went to sports talk. The station also aired the Atlanta Braves. Tony Kornheiser replaced The Fabulous Sports Babe late in 1999. Also heard on the station at that time were three NFL games each Sunday, Monday Night Football, UNC Tar Heel football and basketball, some East Carolina University games, other Westwood One and CBS college football, and the Charlotte Hornets.
When NextMedia Group bought the station in 2000, the WJYR letters were moved from 92.1 FM, and most of the station's programming was adult standards from the Music of Your Life network. Since few people listened (other stations played similar music), sports talk returned. In 2002, the call letters changed to WQJM. ESPN Radio aired 24 hours a day prior to August 2002 but remained on the station in the overnight hours and on weekends until February 2003; and talk radio other than sports was part of the format. The station served as a "companion" to talk station WRNN-FM. Programming included the morning show hosted by Dave Priest and Tara Servatius. The AM station also aired The Clark Howard Show and Clemson University games other than ACC.
On April 25, 2013, WRNN split from its simulcast of the FM and changed their format to sports, with programming from ESPN Radio. Mike & Mike also aired on WKZQ-FM but was heard only on WRNN as of September 2014.
NextMedia sold WRNN and its 32 other radio stations to Digity, LLC for $85 million; the transaction was consummated on February 10, 2014. In 2014, Digity, LLC added the station's first local programming as the station became the new radio home for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, with Nathan Barnett calling the games.
Effective February 25, 2016, Digity, LLC and its 124 radio stations were acquired by Alpha Media for $264 million.
On August 30, 2017, WRNN dropped the ESPN sports format and began stunting with TV themes as "TV on Radio 105.5", utilizing the addition of a simulcast on FM via translator W288DK. The following day, the stunt shifted to a loop of "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" by Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. On September 1, 2017, at 10:55 AM, WRNN and W288DK flipped to classic hip hop as "G105.5". The first song on G was "This Is How We Do It" by Montell Jordan. For several months in 2018, W288DK was unable to broadcast because of technical problems that affected WYAV.
In September 2017, Dick Broadcasting announced the purchase of Alpha Media stations in three markets — 18 stations and two translators in total, at a purchase price of $19.5 million. The acquisition of WRNN by Dick Broadcasting was consummated on December 20, 2017.
On April 23, 2018, the station changed its call sign to WWHK. On May 25, 2018 at 3 PM, after briefly stunting with a loop of "End of the Road" by Boyz II Men, WWHK and W288DK flipped to classic country as "105.5 Hank FM".
History of WMYB 1450 AM
WMYB was the first radio station in Myrtle Beach in the early 1950s.
Tom Fowler, later vice president for radio with South Carolina Educational Television, made his debut on WMYB the night of the fire that killed three Apollo 1 astronauts. In 2002 he said, "The Teletypes went nuts. I thought we were at war. That was the real start of an adventure."
WMYB's format was adult contemporary during most of its later years, when it used the call letters WQOK and WCSE. The format was oldies in 1985. The letters WKEL were approved but never used, since the station signed off in the late 1980s.
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- Official website
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- Radio-Locator Information on WWHK
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