On September 14, 1964, WGHT signed on as WKER, call letters for the founder, Bob Kerr. WKER served as a test market station for radio stations like 77-WABC in the 1960s. The station initially ran a contemporary format that evolved to a full-service adult contemporary format. The station was strictly a daytimer signing on at dawn and signing off at dusk. In early 1993, Bob Kerr’s estate sold the radio station to John Silliman, formerly an on-air personality at various other radio stations over the years. Upon taking ownership, Silliman applied for a call signchange to WGHT (which stands for “Great Hits”). This application was accepted by the FCC on August 6, 1993.
In June, 2017, it was announced that WGHT would close and on September 22, 2017, Mariana Broadcasting filed an application with the FCC for consent to transfer ownership of WGHT as part of a donation to the Borough of Pompton Lakes.
On December 15, 2017, ownership was transferred and the station went silent. Silliman conducted the signoff. Prior to the end of 2018, WGHT was turned on for a few months in order to secure the license and then in April of 2019, Frank Truatt, owner of WTBQ AM 1110 and FM 93.5 located in Warwick, New York, broadcasting to all of Orange County and Northern N.J. began operating WGHT.
WGHT is airing a combination of live talk shows, specific music logs customized for the WGHT listeners and is also temporarily simulcasting some programming from WTBQ while local programs are being developed and the new FM 98.3 is constructed for WGHT.
WGHT has been an NAB Marconi Radio Award finalist and an NAB Crystal Radio Award finalist more than a dozen times, and has received Associated Press News Awards. WGHT’s local sports department has won dozens of awards for their local high school sports coverage and broadcasts. WGHT’s news department has been honored with awards from the Associated Press and the New Jersey Broadcasters Association.
WGHT Radio has a long history of being a launching-pad for syndicated and New York City radio talent, includingFox Sports personality Kevin Burkhardt, singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman and WABC’s Noam Laden and Deborah Valentine.
Under Frank Truatt and Taylor Sterling (Station Manager and on-air personality) WGHT is destined for the same great success that WTBQ has garnered for 25 years, now the #1 Community Radio Station with the #1 Drive Time Morning Show and is the only station in New York State that has live local call in shows, news, sports and (drum roll) the only station in the USA with over 6,000 Billboard Charted songs in the rotation along with unique music shows and a live DJ taking requests every Monday evening from 6-8pm which WGHT will be airing once the FM is constructed before the end of the year.
Frank and Taylor are using that prototype of WTBQ for WGHT so stay tuned for all the new programming and listen to the eclectic play list as WGHT is playing THE BEST MUSIC and as is WTBQ, definitely RADIO WORTH LISTENING TO!