WHKY Radio (AM 1290) is a 50,000 watt station broadcasting a News & TalkRadio Format and serves the Greater Hickory (NC) Metro.

WHKY-TV is a Independent station serving the Charlotte TV Market (DMA # 23) broadcasting in HDTV 16x9 720p on 14.1  WHKY-TV operates four digital sub-channels on 14.2, 14.3, 14.4 & 14.5.

Both were the first stations in Hickory, NC and between Charlotte and Asheville, NC at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Founded in 1939 by Edmund S. Long the stations are still locally owned and operated by the Long Family as Long Communications, LLC.

WHKY Radio Broadcast Data:

WHKY Radio signed on June 10, 1940 and is located at 1290 on the AM Radio Dial.

Format: News/Talk with emphasis on local news, sports and information.
Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Power: 50,000 watts directional daytime,
1,000 watts directional nighttime.
Transmitter Coordinates: Longitude North 35 43 42, Latitude West 81 17 54

WHKY-TV Broadcast Data:

WHKY-TV signed on February 14, 1968.

Format: Independent
Local News: Weeknights 5:30pm & 10:00pm (1/2 Hour)
Hours of Operation: 24 hours, 7 days a week

Digital Television distributed transmission system (multiple transmitter sites):

DTS 1 (atop Baker Mountain, Catawba County, NC:

35° 43' 59.00" N Latitude
81° 19' 51.00" W Longitude (NAD 27)

Effective Radiated Power (ERP):   600,000 watts
Antenna Height Above Average Terrain: 182 meters (597 feet)

DTS 2 (Charlotte, NC):

35° 17' 14.00" N Latitude
80° 41' 45.00" W Longitude (NAD 27)

Effective Radiated Power (ERP):   18,000 watts
Antenna Height Above Average Terrain: 167 meters (548 feet) 


526 Main Avenue, SE
Hickory, NC 28602

Mailing: P.O. Box 1059
Hickory, NC 28603-1059

Main Phone:
Offices (828) 322-1290

Live Local Program Phones:
*Radio Local Talk Shows (828) 327-WHKY (9459)
*TV Live Shows (828) 485-5555
* Must call when programs are Live on-air

828/ 322-8256

E-mail: Contact WHKY

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526 Main Avenue SE, Hickory, NC 28602 - Phone: 828-322-1290 - Fax: 828-322-8256