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WKTU
City of license Lake Success, New York
Broadcast area New York City area
Branding 103.5 KTU
Slogan The Beat Of New York
Frequency 103.5 FM (MHz) (Also on HD Radio)
103.5-2 FM Country (HD Radio)
First air date 1948
Format Commercial; Rhythmic AC
ERP 6,000 watts
HAAT 415 meters
Class B
Facility ID 6595
Callsign meaning We Kater To YoU
Owner Clear Channel
Sister stations WAXQ, WHTZ, WLTW, WWPR-FM
Webcast Listen Live!
Website www.ktu.com

WKTU (103.5 FM, "KTU") is a radio station based in New York City. The station's broadcast transmitter is located on the top of the Empire State Building and its city of license is Lake Success, New York, with offices in the "Newport" section of Jersey City, New Jersey. The station offers a Rhythmic Hot Adult Contemporary format, emphasising classic dance music from the 1970's through the 1990's (but plays current product as well). Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... This work is copyrighted. ... In the United States (and potentially elswhere), each radio station or TV station is assigned a city of license by the Federal Communications Commission that they must serve. While this has become far less meaningful over the decades, stations are still required to post their public file somewhere within the... Lake Success is a village in Nassau County, New York in the USA. The population was 2,797 at the 2000 census. ... New York–Northern New Jersey–Long Island is the most populous metropolitan area in the United States and is also one of the most populous in the world . ... Look up slogan in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Frequency (disambiguation). ... In most of the world, the FM broadcast band, used for broadcasting FM radio stations, goes from 87. ... MegaHertz (MHz) is the name given to one million (106) Hertz, a measure of frequency. ... HD Radio is an in-band on-channel (IBOC) digital radio system created by iBiquity for broadcasting via existing FM and AM radio stations. ... Country music, the first half of Billboards country and western music category, is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. ... HD Radio is the registered trademark for the in-band on-channel (IBOC) technology selected by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 2002 for terrestrial digital audio broadcasting in the United States. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A radio format or programming format describes the overall content broadcast on a radio station. ... Commercial Radio Hong Kong is one of the two commercial radio broadcasting company in Hong Kong (the other being Metro Radio). ... Rhythmic Adult Contemporary is a format similar to Rhythmic Top 40 radio. ... In radio telecommunications, effective radiated power (ERP) is determined by subtracting system losses and adding system gains to the actual electrical power output of a transmitter. ... For other uses, see Watt (disambiguation). ... HAAT is used extensively in radio, as it is actually much more important than power. ... The metre, or meter (symbol: m) is the SI base unit of length. ... This is a list of broadcast station classes applicable in much of North America under international agreements between the United States, Canada and Mexico. ... A facility ID is used in the United States by the Federal Communications Commission to identify broadcast TV stations. ... 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 aid... 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. ... WAXQ, known on-air as Q-104. ... WHTZ, also known as Z100, is a radio station that serves New York City and the neighboring Northern New Jersey region, broadcasting on the FM band at a frequency of 100. ... WLTW, known on-air as 106. ... WWPR-FM, also known as Power 105. ... A webcast is a live media file distributed over the Internet using streaming media technology. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... FM broadcasting is a broadcast technology invented by Edwin Howard Armstrong that uses frequency modulation (FM) to provide high-fidelity sound over broadcast radio. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... The Empire State Building is a 102-story Art Deco skyscraper in New York City, New York at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street. ... Lake Success is a village in Nassau County, New York in the USA. The population was 2,797 at the 2000 census. ... Location of Jersey City within Hudson County Coordinates: , Country State County Hudson Government  - Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy  - Business Administrator Brian P. OReilly Area  - City 21. ...

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History

The original WKTU

See WXRK section on WKTU for the original WKTU that existed from 1975-1985 and achieved great fame as a disco station in the late 1970s. WXRK (92. ...


WNNJ and pre-move WPAT-FM

The 103.5 frequency first went on the air in 1948, as WNNJ, which then changed its name to WPAT-FM. FM listenership was very light in those early days of FM broadcasting, and during the 1950s the station would sometimes be off the air for long stretches without anyone knowing it was gone. Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... WPAT-FM, known on-air as 93. ... FM broadcasting is a broadcast technology invented by Edwin Howard Armstrong that uses frequency modulation (FM) to provide high-fidelity sound over broadcast radio. ... The 1950s decade refers to the years 1950 to 1959 inclusive. ...


By 1957 WPAT-FM had relocated to its much better-known frequency of 93.1. Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ...


WTFM

In 1958, the 103.5 FM frequency in New York City went back on the air as WTFM. They played an instrumental-based easy listening format until 1978, when the old WKTU (on 92.3) went from an adult contemporary format to a disco music format. As an easy listening station, WTFM's ratings were low, as WRFM and WPAT had higher ratings with the same format. So in the fall of 1978, WTFM switched to an adult contemporary format, even though ratings would remain low with the new format. Jan. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... 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. ... This article is about the music genre. ... WWPR is the callsign for two radio stations: WWPR-AM 1490 AM in Bradenton, Florida WWPR-FM 105. ... WPAT-FM, known on-air as 93. ... 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. ...


WAPP

In 1982, Doubleday bought the station, and that June, the station switched to an Album-oriented rock format similar to WPLJ and WNEW-FM down the dial. The station was renamed "The Apple 103.5", with the call letters WAPP. The station went commercial-free for the duration of that summer, and as a result, it became the highest-rated radio station in New York City. Then, when the station added commercials, listeners switched back to WPLJ and WNEW-FM, and so ratings went down. In 1983, when WPLJ switched to a CHR format, the station's ratings got a slight boost. It has been suggested that The Crime Club be merged into this article or section. ... Album-oriented rock (sometimes referred to as adult-oriented rock), abbreviated AOR and originally called album-oriented radio, was originally an American FM radio format focusing on album tracks by rock artists. ... WPLJ (95. ... WNEW is a New York City FM radio station operating at 102. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... CHR is a Habbo Hotel AU fansite with a online streaming radio station. ...


In 1983, a then-unknown Bon Jovi visited WAPP 103.5FM "The Apple". He spoke with the D.J., Chip Hobart, who suggested Bon Jovi let WAPP include the song "Runaway" on the station's compilation album of local homegrown talent. Bon Jovi was reluctant but eventually gave them the song, on which Bon Jovi had used studio musicians to play on the track "Runaway" (which was written in 1980). WAPP worked with WOR-TV (now WWOR-TV) in nearby Secaucus, NJ on a music video show, Rock 9 Videos, for a short time in 1984. WWOR-TV, channel 9, is a MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station licensed to Secaucus, New Jersey, and serving the New York City metropolitan area. ... Secaucus is a town located in Hudson County, New Jersey, USA. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 15,931. ...


As 1984 progressed, WAPP's ratings were on the upswing. However, the station's owners decided to change the station's format to CHR that fall. They felt that if stations that they owned in Washington, D.C. and Minnesota could do well with the format, then this station could as well. This would not be the case, as the station could not compete with WPLJ or Z-100, and their ratings fell. Not even a change back to a rock format in the summer of 1985 could solve the station's ratings woes. CHR is a Habbo Hotel AU fansite with a online streaming radio station. ... WAVA-FM is a radio station located at 105. ... KDWB (101. ... WHTZ, also known as Z100, is a radio station that serves New York City and the neighboring Northern New Jersey region, broadcasting on the FM band at a frequency of 100. ...


The pre-move WQHT

In 1986, Emmis Communications would buy the station from Doubleday, as Doubleday was in the process getting out of the radio business. That August, after stunting with classic rock for a 36 hour period, the station relaunched as "HOT 103", with the call letters WQHT. The new station, which played a mix of pop hits, dance songs, rap songs and r&b songs, was an instant ratings success. Emmis Communications is an Indianapolis, Indiana-based radio and television group. ... For the magazine, see Classic Rock (magazine). ... WQHT, more commonly known as Hot 97, is a high-profile Rhythmic Contemporary radio station in New York City under the corporate ownership of Emmis Communications. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... R&B redirects here. ...


The post-move WYNY

On September 22, 1988, WQHT would change frequencies, as Emmis acquired NBC's radio stations. Since Federal Communications Commission regulations at the time required that a company can only own one FM radio station in a market, Emmis sold the 103.5 frequency to Westwood One. At the same time, they moved the format at 103.5 FM to the 97.1 FM frequency which they acquired from NBC. As a result, WYNY, which was running a country music format at the 97.1 frequency prior to the sale, would move from 97.1 FM to 103.5 FM. This article is about the television network. ... FCC redirects here. ... Westwood One, Inc. ... WYNY was the call letters of radio stations on three different FM frequencies in or around New York City. ... Country music, the first half of Billboards country and western music category, is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. ...


The station, now known as "Country 103.5", had mediocre ratings in their first few months at its new frequency. Even though rumors of a format change were always existent at the station, the country format remained. In 1993, the station would be sold to Broadcast Partners, whom were committed to keeping Country on WYNY. As a country station, Jim Kerr would be the station's morning show host from 1990 to 1993, while their airstaff included Dan Daniel, Randy Davis, Ray Rossi, Lisa Taylor and Charlie Berger. Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... James Jim Kerr (born in Jedburgh, Scotland, on 9 July 1959) is the frontman, lead singer and lyricist of Scottish band Simple Minds. ... This article is about the year. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ...


Meanwhile, Hot 97 began to move away from Dance music in 1993 and toward hip hop. By 1994 they played almost no dance music. After Hot 97 changed to an Urban Contemporary format in 1994, New Yorkers demanded a Dance music station. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... The term urban contemporary was coined by the late New York DJ Frankie Crocker in the mid 1970s. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


In the spring of 1995, Broadcast Partners opted to sell to Evergreen Media, and after a lot of speculation about the station's future, Evergreen confirmed in January 1996 that the station would be changing formats. On the final weekend that the station would play country music (which would be from February 2 to February 4, 1996), the entire airstaff said goodbye in a very melodramatic manner. After airing the syndicated After Midnight show in the early morning hours of February 5, the country music format was gone from the station. Later that year country would resurface on several suburban stations, one of witch would get the WYNY calls, resurfacing in late 1998. Beginning at 6 a.m. the next morning, immediately after the syndicated country music show ended, the station simulcast then rock station WRCX (now WKSC and playing CHR)based out of Chicago until February 6 at 6 a.m. That day they simulcast KKBT out of Los Angeles playing an Urban Format (today they offer Urban AC) until 6 a.m. on February 7. That day they simulcast WLUP based in Chicago which had a Talk format (now a Rock station). Beginning at 6 a.m. on February 8, WYNY simulcast KIOI based in San Francisco offering an Adult Contemporary format (now a Hot AC). On February 9 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., WYNY simulcast WXKS in Boston, playing a CHR format that at that time leaned slightly Alternative. At 6 PM the simulcasting of sister stations ended. Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... is the 33rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 35th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... After Midnight is a blues song written by J.J. Cale. ... is the 36th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... WKSC 103. ... CHR is a Habbo Hotel AU fansite with a online streaming radio station. ... KKBT (100. ... WLUP (97. ... Originally founded as KLX-FM by the Oakland Tribune, the station was sold in 1958 to radio engineers, James Gabbert, Gary Geilow, and newscaster Jerry Jensen, when it was moved to the San Francisco Peninsula and became KPEN. As KPEN, the station became the first stereo broadcaster in California (and... 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. ... WXKS is the call sign for two Clear Channel radio stations in the Boston, Massachusetts, USA, market: WXKS (AM) 1430 Everett WXKS-FM Kiss 108 Medford Category: ...


The new WKTU

At 6 p.m. on February 9, 1996 the station started airing a tape loop of sounds of a heart beating and liners about a new radio station coming. Then, the next day at Noon, WKTU was relaunched at 103.5 FM as The Beat of New York 103.5 KTU with a dance-based CHR format. Its first song played in the re-launch was "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now!)" by C&C Music Factory. The station instantly skyrocketed to number one in the Arbitron ratings, although in the decade since they have cooled down considerably. Drag performer Rupaul co-hosted mornings with Michelle Visage and Freddie Colon around this period, further helping their ratings. By 2002, the moderate amount of rap played on the station was gone and the station evolved into more of a Hot Rhythmic AC. is the 40th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Arbitron is a radio audience research company in the United States. ... RuPaul (born RuPaul Andre Charles on November 17, 1960), is an American drag performer, dance music singer, actor, and songwriter who gained worldwide fame in the 1990s; appearing in a wide variety of television programs, films, and musical albums. ... Michelle Visage (accent on the second syllable) is the stage name used by dance music vocalist Michelle Shupack, born September 20, 1968 in the Bronx New York. ...


Some believe that the cause for the lower ratings is the fact that WNEW-FM changed to a Rhythmic AC format, even though WNEW's ratings, which were among the lowest for any New York City FM station while they kept that format, have remained about the same since their format change. Core dance music fans tend to blame the lower ratings on the feeling that 'KTU doesn't hop on to current dance music songs as quick as other stations (such as Long Island's WDRE - Party 105.3) and tend to stay with the older music to compete with WNEW-FM, which is no longer a Rhythmic format radio station. WWFS is a New York City FM radio station operating at 102. ... Rhythmic music and Rhythmic radio, also known as Rhythmic Crossover or Rhythmic Pop, is a term used to describe a certain group of radio stations and the Billboard chart that is compiled based on airplay from those radio stations. ... 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. ... WDRE (known as Party 105. ... WWFS is a New York City FM radio station operating at 102. ...


On May 31, 2006, WKTU announced that actress/comedian Whoopi Goldberg would become the station's new morning host, and that KTU would serve as the flagship station for her syndicated morning show. Her show, which airs mostly on AC and Rhythmic outlets in the United States, especially those owned by WKTU's parent company Clear Channel, began on July 31, 2006. The news of Goldberg being named 'KTU's new morning star, and the departures of popular afternoon drive DJ Broadway Bill Lee and late night hostess Jewelz in June 2006, has led to talk that KTU might switch formats (some are suspecting an upbeat female targeted Hot AC-type direction similar to sister station KBIG/Los Angeles) with Goldberg's arrival. However, hardcore fans have strongly advised against such a change. KTU management insisted that there were no plans to flip formats, even with Goldberg in mornings. Another surprise move was the reunion of former KTU morning hosts Goumba Johnny and "Hollywood" Sean Hamilton, who now host the afternoon show for the station as of September 5, 2006. Hamilton continues to host his popular syndicated show (The Weekend Top 30) heard in over 200 cites across America. is the 151st day of the year (152nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Whoopi Goldberg (born November 13, 1955) is an American actress, comedian, radio presenter, host, and author. ... is the 212th day of the year (213th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... KBIG is an FM radio station in Los Angeles, California. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... Sean Hollywood Hamilton is currently one of the most listened to radio personalities in America. ... is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


However, on September 9, 2006, after many format flips by Clear Channel Communications of other radio stations throughout the country, 'KTU took on the upbeat Rhythmic AC direction by playing only popular current rhythmic material, as well as increasing the airplay of older rhythmic sounds (soul, disco and freestyle). is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Not to be confused with clear channel radio stations, which are AM radio stations with certain technical parameters. ... For other uses, see Soul (disambiguation). ... This article is about the music genre. ... This article is about a genre of dance music. ...


On November 28, 2007, WKTU announced that it has dropped Whoopi's morning show. According to station management, the reason was due to Goldberg's duties on The View, although it may also have to do with the show's ratings. Her show will continue to air in syndication through Premiere Radio Networks. Cubby Bryant, who served as Goldberg's sidekick, left the syndicated show and returned to WKTU in January 2008 to host his own morning show. This article is about the talk show. ... Paul Cubby Bryant (born June 1, 1971) is a radio personality currently working at WKTU in New York, NY as the morning show co-host with Whoopi Goldberg to their nationally syndicated morning show Wake Up With Whoopi. ...


WKTU's ownership

As a result of a series of transactions from Evergreen Media, SFX Communications, and Clear Channel Communications in the late 1990s and early 2000s, WKTU is currently owned by the people at Clear Channel Communications Not to be confused with clear channel radio stations, which are AM radio stations with certain technical parameters. ...


HD2 Operation

Like other Clear Channel stations WKTU began Multicasting in the late winter of 2005. On WKTU HD 1 the Rhythmic A/C format heard on the original analog station while WKTU HD 2 plays Country Music similar to the previous Country station occupying 103.5. HD stations can only be received with an HD Radio. HD Radios receive both the primary analog station, the duplicate HD Feed and the Multicasting feeds. Stations can put as many as three sets of HD programming on one dial position plus their original analog broadcast. Multicast is the delivery of information to multiple destinations simultaneously using the most efficient strategy to deliver the messages over each link of the network only once and only create copies when the links to the destinations split. ... HD Radio is an in-band on-channel (IBOC) digital radio system created by iBiquity for broadcasting via existing FM and AM radio stations. ... Multicast is the delivery of information to multiple destinations simultaneously using the most efficient strategy to deliver the messages over each link of the network only once and only create copies when the links to the destinations split. ...


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Preceded by
WYNY
FM 97.1 in New York, New York
January 1, 1977 - October 7, 1988
Succeeded by
WQHT
Preceded by
WQHT
FM 103.5 in New York, New York
October 7, 1988 - Present
Succeeded by
WYNY
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WKTU - Encyclopedia, History, Geography and Biography (1291 words)
The station's broadcast transmitter is located on the top of the Empire State Building and its city of license is Lake Success, New York, with offices in the "Newport" section of Jersey City, New Jersey.
On WKTU HD 1 the Dance format heard on the original analog station while WKTU HD 2 plays Country Music similar to the previous Country station occupying 103.5.
WKTU, History, The original WKTU, WNNJ and pre-move WPAT-FM, WTFM, WAPP, The pre-move WQHT, The post-move WYNY, The new WKTU, HD2 Operation, Current DJs, Former KTU DJs, Management, Radio stations in New York City, Rhythmic Top 40 radio stations, Dance radio stations, Clear Channel radio stations, WKTU and 1978 establishments.
WKTU New York, NY/Lake Success, NY (83 words)
WKTU first appeared on 92.3 FM on June 5, 1975 with a light pop format, displacing easy listening WMCA-FM (which was the first station on the signal in 1948).
In July 1985, WKTU was replaced on the 92.3 signal by classic rock station WXRK.
WKTU reappeared on the New York City dial as a dance music station on February 12, 1996, displacing country music WYNY.
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