FM Technical Profile: WHOD
- Station Name:
- Smash Hits 94.5
- Variety Hits
Located just north of Bird Jackson Road, to the southeast of
Jackson, between CR-2 (Gainestown Road) and CR-29 (Walker Springs
- Power (ERP):
- 30 kW
- Antenna HAAT:
- 640 feet
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
- :PS-WHOD Time-[?] Text-DIXIE
94.5 PTY-Country PI-WHOD-FM
Image showing RDS data from a Mazda car stereo showing
the PS (station name), PTY (format) and and Radio Text
fields. From August, 2017. Still shows old station
Street View imagery of the studios for WHOD, WBMH and WRJX.
- Pine City Radio
- This station
was put on the air in 1964 by Jackson Broadcasting, as WTHG-FM,
companion to the AM station of the same calls. The station
debuted on 104.9 MHz with 3 kW from a 300 foot high antenna.
The FM mostly simulcast the AM in the early days. The calls
changed to WHOD-FM (Heart
in the mid-60's. The station and its AM sister were acquired
by Rowdy McGee in 1966. The Vogel-Ellington Corporation got
the station in the early 70's. The stations had a typical
small town wide variety type format. By 1980, both the AM and
FM were doing a MOR (middle of the road) format. By '82 or '83
the stations were doing country music full time. Around 1990
the stations had a mix of rock and country music. It's also
around this time that the station made the jump to 94.5 MHz to get
more coverage. They signed on the new channel with 9
kW. Eventually, the format morphed into a mix of adult
contemporary and oldies, before settling on classic rock by the
mid-90's. Around this time, ownership of the stations was in
the hands of Bennie Hewitt, who later operated under the name
Capital Assets. In the year 2000, the station debuted a bigger
signal, operating with the now-current 30 kW facility. It was
also in this year that the AM and FM dropped their longtime
simulcast; while the AM went news/talk, the FM flipped to an adult
contemporary music format.
In March of 2002 the call sign changed to WHNB and the format was
amped up to a hot adult contemporary format.
In more recent years, the station has taken on a classic hits
format, along with local high school sports programming of all kinds
(split with WBMH). Bennie Hewitt's Capital Assets sold this
station, along with WBMH and WRJX, for $500,000 to Jason Kyzer's
Kyzer Communications, in March 2017. Later that summer in July 2017
the station's format was tweaked to a more variety hits format from
classic hits, and the name was updated from the long time "Dixie
94.5" name to "Smash Hits 94.5".
took the all his area stations off the air in mid-November 2017, and
filed for bankruptcy soon thereafter.
In early February
2018 it was announced that Thomas A. Butts' Pine City Radio would be
acquiring the former Kyzer stations for $200,000, from the
bankruptcy trustee Terrie S. Owens. It is planned to return
the stations to the air via LMA before the purchase is
complete. This station appears to have resumed operations
during the first or second week of February.