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WHCN
Broadcast area Hartford, CT
Branding The River 105.9
Frequency 105.9 MHz
Format Hot Adult Contemporary
Power 16,000 watts
Class B
Callsign meaning W Hartford Concert Network
Owner Clear Channel
Sister stations WHCN, WKSS, WPHH, WPOP, WWYZ
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.theriver1059.com

WHCN (The River 105.9) is a hot adult contemporary station based in Hartford, Connecticut. The city of license is Hartford. The Clear Channel Communications outlet broadcasts at 105.9 MHz with an effective radiated power of 50 kW. The music blends classic rock and new wave, with current and recurrent hit songs of today. It is similar to the "JACK-FM" formats that have been heard across the U.S. The station broadcasts from West Peak in Meriden, Connecticut. Their studios are at 10 Columbus Boulevard, in Hartford, Connecticut. "The River" brand is a local reference to the Connecticut River. Hartford is the capital of the state of Connecticut, in Hartford County. ... FreQuency is a music video game developed by Harmonix and published by SCEI. It was released in November 2001. ... A megahertz (MHz) is one million (106) hertz, a measure of frequency. ... A radio format or programming format describes the overall content broadcast on a radio station. ... Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreciated to just AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream and pop music, without hip-hop or rap since, as per the name, it is geared more towards adults than teens. ... Nominal power is a measurement of a mediumwave radio stations output used in the United States. ... The watt (symbol: W) is the SI derived unit of power, equal to one joule per second. ... This is the list of broadcast station classes. ... Call sign can refer to different types of call signs: Airline call sign Aviator call sign Cosmonaut call sign Radio and television call signs Tactical call sign, also known as a tactical designator See also: International Callsign Allocations, Maritime Mobile Service Identity This is a disambiguation page — a navigational... Not to be confused with clear channel radio stations, which are AM radio stations with certain technical parameters. ... In broadcasting, sister stations are broadcast stations owned by the same company. ... WKSS (Kiss 95. ... WPHH is a Mainstream Urban station based in Hartford, Connecticut. ... WPOP is the ESPN Radio affiliate of Hartford, Connecticut. ... WWYZ is a Country Station in Waterbury, Connecticut, broadcasting at 92. ... A webcast is a live media file distibuted over the Internet using streaming media technology. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on a Web server, usually accessible via the Internet or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML, that is almost always accessible... Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreciated to just AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream and pop music, without hip-hop or rap since, as per the name, it is geared more towards adults than teens. ... Nickname: Location in Hartford County, Connecticut Coordinates: , Country United States State Connecticut NECTA Hartford Region Capitol Region Named 1637 Incorporated (city) 1784 Consolidated 1896 Government  - Type Mayor-council  - Mayor Eddie Perez Area  - City  18. ... Not to be confused with clear channel radio stations, which are AM radio stations with certain technical parameters. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Connecticut River as seen from the French King Bridge in western Massachusetts. ...


WHCN started out in the 1950s as the Hartford Concert Network, as a Classical music station before shifting to a album-oriented rock (AOR) in the late 1960s. Known as "106WHCN", it was very successful in the 1970s and the 1980s. It was home to the "Picozzi and the Horn" morning show http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picozzi_and_The_Horn up until the mid 1990's,. Picozzi would later move across town to WCCC, where he is to this day. WHCN flipped to Classic Rock in the mid 1990's to compete for the older rock audience that grew up with WHCN, but changing owners would signal changes at WHCN as well. It would become "105-9 WHCN" and adapt a harder-edged classic rock sound billed as "Classic Rock that really rocks!". WHCN would be snapped up by Liberty Broadcasting and then SFX Broadcasting/Capstar, then AMFM and then Clear Channel in 2000. This article discusses classical music in the first sense (see below). ... Album-oriented rock (sometimes referred to as Adult-oriented rock or as West Coast Rock), abbreviated AOR and originally called album-oriented radio, was originally an American FM radio format focusing on album tracks by rock artists. ... Classic rock was originally conceived as a radio station programming format which evolved from the album oriented rock (AOR) format in the early-1980s. ...


After years of declining ratings, the 33-year run of WHCN would come to an abrupt end in March of 2002 when WHCN became known as "The River 105.9", surprisingly retaining most of its on-air staff in its infancy from the previous classic rock incarnation. The playlist was different and much more diverse than other stations in the market and the station shot up in ratings from 13th place to 5th place within a year. "The River 105.9" would target listeners of WRCH and WTIC by launching its current hot adult contemporary format, which is a blend of classic rock hits of the 1970s and 1980's with recurrent and current hits of today. A similar format had been successful in the nearby Albany market on WRVE, 99.5 [1] WHCN now carries the nationally syndicated "John Tesh Radio Show". The call letters have been retained to reflect the station's past. WRCH is located in the Hartford, Connecticut area and broadcasts at 100. ... WTIC is the callsign for three broadcast stations in Hartford, Connecticut: WTIC AM, 1080 kHz WTIC-FM, 96. ... Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreciated to just AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream and pop music, without hip-hop or rap since, as per the name, it is geared more towards adults than teens. ...


The station appeals to baby boomers and Generation X listeners with various programming such as the "High School reunion" at 6pm, focused on a specific year and the "Eighties at Eight", which is an hour of Eighties music starting at 8am.


The station carries a "deep tracks" format on its HD Radio HD-2 subchannel.

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List of the River 105.9 artists

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Bad Company were an English hard rock supergroup founded in 1973, consisting of band members from Free (Paul Rodgers, Simon Kirke), Mott the Hoople (Mick Ralphs) and King Crimson (Boz Burrell). ... For the jewelry item, see Bangle. ... Barenaked Ladies (often abbreviated BNL or occasionally BnL) is a Canadian alternative rock band currently composed of Jim Creeggan, Kevin Hearn, Steven Page, Ed Robertson, Tyler Stewart, and formerly Andy Creeggan. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... The B-52s are a New Wave rock band formed in Athens, Georgia, an important center of alternative rock. ... The Black Crowes are a blues-oriented hard rock jam band who have sold over 15 million albums and were hailed by Melody Maker as The Most Rock n Roll Rock n Roll Band in the World. The band has toured with acts such as Aerosmith, ZZ Top, Jimmy Page... Blondie is the name of an American rock band that first gained fame in the late 1970s and early 1980s. ... Blues Traveler is an American alternative rock/blues rock/jam band formed in Princeton, New Jersey, in 1983. ... Bon Jovi is a hard rock band originating from New Jersey. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... David Bowie (IPA: []) (born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and audio engineer. ... Clyde Jackson Browne (born October 9, 1948) is an American rock music singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist, whose introspective lyrics made him one of the standouts in Southern Californias confessional singer-songwriter movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. ...

C

The Cars were an American rock band, fronted by Ric Ocasek, that emerged from the early punk scene in the late 1970s. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Chicago is a pop-rock band formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois. ... Eric Patrick Clapton CBE (born 30 March 1945), nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award winning English guitarist, singer and composer, who is one of the most successful musicians of the 20th century,[1] garnering an unprecedented three inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Philip David Charles Collins (born January 30, 1951 in Chiswick, London) is an English singer, songwriter, drummer and actor. ... Alice Cooper (born Vincent Damon Furnier, February 4, 1948), is a rock singer, songwriter and musician whose career spans four decades. ... Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick MacManus August 25, 1954 in London) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. ... Counting Crows is an Academy Award nominated American alternative rock band originating from Berkeley, California. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Crosby, Stills, & Nash (sometimes known as Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young) is a pioneering folk rock/rock supergroup that formed out of the remnants of three 1960s bands the Buffalo Springfield, the Byrds, and the Hollies. ... Sheryl Suzanne Crow (born February 11, 1962) is a nine-time Grammy winning American blues rock singer, guitarist, bassist, and songwriter. ...

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Def Leppard are an English hard rock band from Sheffield who formed in 1977 as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. ... Depeche Mode are an electronic band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex, England. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This page is about the Rock band. ... Duran Duran is an English Synth pop/pop/rock band notable for a long series of popular singles and vivid music videos. ... Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman, May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, author, musician, and poet who has been a major figure in popular music for five decades. ...

E

Eagles are an American rock band that was formed in Los Angeles, California in the early 1970s. ... Melissa Lou Etheridge (born May 29, 1961 in Leavenworth, Kansas) is a Grammy- and Academy Award-winning American rock musician. ... For the approach to music education, see Eurhythmics. ...

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Hall & Oates is a popular music duo made up of Daryl Hall & John Oates. ... George Harrison, MBE (25 February 1943[1][2] – 29 November 2001[3]) was an Academy Award and Grammy Award-winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, author and sitarist best known as the lead guitarist of The Beatles. ... Heart is an American rock band which came out of Bellevue, a suburb of Seattle, Washington State, USA. Going through several lineup changes, the only constant members of the group are sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson. ... Don Henley Donald Hugh Don Henley (born July 22, 1947 in Gilmer, Texas) is an American rock musician who is the drummer and one of the lead singers and songwriters of the band Eagles. ...

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Billy Idol (born William Michael Albert Broad, 30 November 1955 in Middlesex) is an English rock musician. ... INXS (pronounced In Excess) are an Australian rock group. ...

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Jefferson Airplane is an American rock band from San Francisco, a pioneer of the psychedelic rock movement. ... Joan Jett (born Joan Marie Larkin on September 22, 1958) is an American rock guitarist, singer, producer and actress. ... William Martin Billy Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American singer, pianist, songwriter, and composer. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE [2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a multiple Grammy and Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ...

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Richard Noel Marx (born September 16, 1963 in Winnetka, Illinois) is an adult contemporary singer, songwriter and record producer. ... Matchbox Twenty (originally Matchbox 20, typeset as matchbox twenty on most official merchandise and albums) is a rock band formed in Orlando, Florida. ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an Academy Award- and Grammy Award-winning English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. ... Michael Lee Aday (born September 27, 1947)), better known as Meat Loaf, is an American rock singer and actor of stage and screen. ... John Mellencamp (born October 7, 1951 in Seymour, Indiana) is an American rock/roots rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist, known for a long and successful recording and performing career highlighted by a series of 1980s hits, including Jack and Diane, Pink Houses and others, and by his role in the... This article has been selected as the current Australian Collaboration of the Fortnight! Please help improve it to featured article standard. ... ‹ The template below (Expand) is being considered for deletion. ... Alanis Nadine Morissette (born in Ottawa, 1 June 1974) is a Canadian and naturalized[1] American singer-songwriter, record producer, and occasional actress. ... Mötley Crüe (IPA pronunciation: ) is a popular American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California. ... George Ivan Morrison OBE (generally known as Van Morrison) (born August 31, 1945) is a singer-songwriter from Belfast, Northern Ireland. ...

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Nickelback is a Canadian rock band formed in Hanna, Alberta by Chad Kroeger, Mike Kroeger and Ryan Peake. ... Stephanie Lynn Stevie Nicks (born May 26, 1948) is an American singer and songwriter, best known for her work with Fleetwood Mac and a long solo career, which collectively have produced over twenty Top 40 hits. ... Nirvana was an American rock band that formed in Aberdeen, Washington. ...

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Ozzy Osbourne (born John Michael Osbourne, December 3, 1948 in Aston, Birmingham, England) is the lead vocalist of the pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath, a popular solo artist, and the star of the reality show, The Osbournes. ...

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Robert Allen Palmer (January 19, 1949 – September 26, 2003), born in Batley, Yorkshire, was an English singer. ... Pearl Jam is an American rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990. ... Thomas Tom Earl Petty (born October 20, 1950) is a singer and guitarist. ... Poison is an American rock band which originally achieved popular success in the late 1980s and early 1990s. ... The Police are a three-piece rock band consisting of singer/bassist Sting, guitarist Andy Summers, and drummer Stewart Copeland. ... The Pretenders are an Anglo-American rock band. ...

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Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970 in London by Brian May, Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor, with John Deacon joining the following year. ...

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Bonnie Raitt, (born November 8, 1949) is an American Blues-R&B singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was born in Burbank, California, the daughter of Broadway musical star John Raitt. ... Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1983. ... This article is about the band. ... REO Speedwagon is an American rock band which grew in popularity in the Midwestern United States during the 1970s and peaked in the early 1980s. ... “Rolling Stones” redirects here. ...

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Carlos Augusto Alves Santana (born July 20, 1947), known simply as Carlos Santana or Santana, is a Grammy Award-winning Mexican-born American Latin rock musician and guitarist. ... Robert Clark Seger (born May 6, 1945) is a Rock and Roll musician from Michigan, who after years of local Detroit-area success starting in the mid-1960s, achieved his greatest national success starting in the mid-1970s, which extended into the 1980s, finally reaching its zenith in the 1990s. ... Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, half of the folk-singing duo Simon and Garfunkel who continues a successful solo career. ... Bridge Over Troubled Water was Simon and Garfunkels last album; the title track was their only number one hit in the United Kingdom. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. ... It has been suggested that The Sparrows be merged into this article or section. ... Yusuf Islam[2] (Arabic: يوسف إسلام) (born Steven Demetre Georgiou on 21 July 1948 in London), who was known as Cat Stevens from 1966 to 1978, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, educator, philanthropist and prominent convert to Islam. ... Roderick David Stewart, CBE (born January 10, 1945), is a British singer born and raised in London. ... Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, CBE (born 2 October 1951), universally known by his stage name Sting, is an English musician from Newcastle upon Tyne. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Sugar Ray is a rock band from Newport Beach, Orange County, California. ...

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Talking Heads were an American rock band existing between 1974 and 1991, composed of David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth and Jerry Harrison. ... James Vernon Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Belmont, Massachusetts. ... This section has been identified as trivia. ...

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U2 are a rock band from Dublin, Ireland. ...

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Van Halen is an American rock band formed in the 1970s. ...

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This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...

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This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Neil Percival Young[1] OM (born November 12, 1945, Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and film director from Omemee, Ontario. ...

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ZZ Top is an American blues rock band formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. ...

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