WHTS FM 105.3 Coopersville/Grand Rapids
Slogan/Positioner: 105.3 Hot FM
Format: Contemporary Hits
Web site: www.1053hotfm.com
E-mail: visit web site
Power/Height/Class: 20,000 watts / 794 feet / B
Broadcasts in digital/HD
FCC technical information:
More about station:
- Radio Locator coverage area
- FCCInfo.com listing
- Recnet Broadcast Query
- WHTS from Wikipedia
- WHTS from RadioTime.com
- Tower photos, thanks Tom Bosscher
Call Sign History:
- WHTS: 5/4/2006
- WCXT: sign on
Call Sign Origin: Hot FM
On Air Date: 1980's
Owner: Cumulus Media
Telephone: (231) 873-7129
- 3/2011: Announced that Cumulus Media is merging/acquiring Citadel Broadcasting in a deal worth billions of dollars. The FCC approves the sale and it closes later in 2011.
- 6/2006: License to cover granted for community of license change from Hart to Coopersville from new facilities closer to Grand Rapids.
- 5/2/2006, about 7:40pm: Format change to Adult-leaning Contemporary Hits after nearly two days of stunting with 'reality radio'. New format launches with 10,000 songs in a row commercial free as WHTS, '105.3 Hot FM'. First song with new format is Daniel Powter Bad Day.
- 12/20/2005: Construction permit modifed to specify 19,000 watts @ 807 feet with a different location (Newaygo County on the same tower being used by WZZM-TV 13)
- 12/1/2005: Format change from Adult Contemporary to Classic Country
- 9/28/2005: FCC approves sale of station from Waters Broadcasting to Citadel
- 1/11/2005: Station is sold by Waters Broadcasting to Citadel Broadcasting for $4,100,000 pending FCC approval.
- 12/23/2004: Construction permit granted to change city of license from Hart to Coopersville, move transmitter from Oceana County to Muskegon County, and change from Class C2 (28,000 watts @ 659 ft) to Class B (50,000 watts @ 479 ft).
- 12/6/2004: Construction permit granted May 2002 is cancelled.
- 2/2004: FCC approves proposal to modify FM table of allotments to allow station to move from Hart to Coopersville. The station will need to apply for and build a new facility and change to Class B, however the changes will allow WCXT better coverage of Muskegon and parts of Grand Rapids. WWKR-FM 94.1 will shift is city of license from Pentwater to Hart in order to perserve FM service to Hart.
- 5/2002: Construction permit granted for changes: ERP to 50,000 watts / HAAT to 492 feet / tower to move to south of Hesperia from the center of Oceana county
- 1/15/2002: License to cover granted for changes: old facilities were 100,000 watts / 650 feet / C1
- 2001: Station agrees to downgrade facilites from Class C1 to Class C2 to make room for an upgraded station across Lake Michigan near Milwaukee. The Wisconsin station will pay for WCXT's engineering changes.
- 9/27/1999: 'The Whip' ends as the owners end Local Marketing Agreement and revert back to Adult Contemporary format. Sale of station to organization (Harbor Pointe Broadcasting) running 'The Whip' is cancelled.
- 7/2/1999: Format change from Adult Contemporary to Rhythmic CHR as 'The Whip'. Station is in process of being sold to Harbor Pointe Entertainment and is being operated under a Local Marketing Agreement. New owners plan to market station towards Muskegon and Grand Rapids.
- 199x: Format is Adult Contemporary
- 198x: Mainstream rock shifts to heavier rock format as part of 'Z-Rock' network
- 198x: Station is on-air with Rock format