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WKTJ-FM
WKTJ-FM logo.png
Broadcast areaFranklin County, Maine
Frequency99.3 MHz
BrandingBig Hits 99.3 KTJ
Programming
FormatFull-service adult hits
AffiliationsBoston Red Sox Radio Network
Ownership
Owner
  • James Talbott
  • (Katahdin Communications, Inc.)
WSYY, WSYY-FM
History
First air date
1973
Technical information
Facility ID22323
ClassA
ERP1,500 watts
HAAT122 meters (400 ft)
Links
WebsiteBigHitsKTJ.com

WKTJ-FM is an American FM radio station licensed to Farmington, Maine, known on air as Big Hits 99-3 KTJ, broadcasting a full-service adult hits format.

WKTJ first came on air as an AM station (1380 on the dial) in 1959, with the co-owned FM signing on in 1973. The AM station played mostly a pop format (with a country and adult contemporary influence) in the 1970s and 1980s, but left the air in the early 1990s. As the only commercial radio station located in Franklin County, WKTJ is widely listened to in the community, with live DJs throughout the day and local features and sports during the school year. (Two non-commercial radio stations also originate from the county: WRGY in Rangeley and University of Maine at Farmington's WUMF.)

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Radio broadcasting

Radio broadcasting

Radio broadcasting is the transmission of audio (sound), sometimes with related metadata, by radio waves to radio receivers belonging to a public audience. In terrestrial radio broadcasting the radio waves are broadcast by a land-based radio station, while in satellite radio the radio waves are broadcast by a satellite in Earth orbit. To receive the content the listener must have a broadcast radio receiver (radio). Stations are often affiliated with a radio network that provides content in a common radio format, either in broadcast syndication or simulcast, or both. Radio stations broadcast with several different types of modulation: AM radio stations transmit in AM, FM radio stations transmit in FM, which are older analog audio standards, while newer digital radio stations transmit in several digital audio standards: DAB, HD radio, DRM. Television broadcasting is a separate service that also uses radio frequencies to broadcast television (video) signals.

Farmington, Maine

Farmington, Maine

Farmington is a town in and the county seat of Franklin County, Maine, United States. As of the 2020 census, its population was 7,592. Farmington is home to the University of Maine at Farmington, Nordica Memorial Auditorium, the Nordica Homestead, and the annual Farmington Fair.

Full-service radio

Full-service radio

Full service is a type of radio format; the format is characterized by a mix of music programming and a large amount of locally-produced and hyperlocal programming, such as news and discussion focusing on local issues, sports coverage, and other forms of paid religious and brokered content.

Adult hits

Adult hits

Adult hits is a radio format drawing from popular music from the late 1960s to the present. The format typically focuses on adult contemporary, pop, and rock hits from the 1970s through at least the 1990s, and is synonymous with franchised brands such as Jack FM and Bob FM.

WRGY

WRGY

WRGY is a radio station licensed to Rangeley, Maine, United States. The station is currently owned by Tranet, a non-profit organization operated by Bill and Margaret Ellis. The station has studios on Main Street in Rangeley with transmitter atop Saddleback Mountain.

Rangeley, Maine

Rangeley, Maine

Rangeley is a town in Franklin County, Maine, United States. The population was 1,222 at the 2020 census. Rangeley is the center of the Rangeley Lakes Region, a resort area. The town includes the villages of Rangeley and Oquossoc, as well as the communities of Mooselookmeguntic, Bald Mountain, Mountainview, and South Rangeley.

University of Maine at Farmington

University of Maine at Farmington

The University of Maine at Farmington is a public liberal arts college in Farmington, Maine. It is part of the University of Maine System and a founding member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges.

WUMF

WUMF

WUMF is the student run radio station of the University of Maine Farmington, located in Farmington, Maine broadcasting on 91.5 FM. The station reports music played to College Music Journal however popular music can be heard, as well as talk and sports programming.

Programming history

In January 2005, the station relaunched as "Big Hits 99.3 KTJ" with a classic hits/oldies format, while continuing with local shows such as The General Store Variety Hour and The Maine Music Hour. Beginning September 2011, WKTJ shifted to its current adult hits format.

The station also carries Boston Red Sox baseball (the WKTJ website says the station is the longest-running Red Sox radio affiliate, dating back to 1962) as well as local high school sports.

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Classic hits

Classic hits

Classic hits is a radio format which generally includes songs from the top 40 music charts from the late 1960s to the early 2000s, with music from the 1980s serving as the core of the format. Music that was popularized by MTV in the early 1980s and the nostalgia behind it is a major driver to the format. It is considered the successor to the oldies format, a collection of top 40 songs from the late 1950s through the late 1970s that was once extremely popular in the United States and Canada. The term is sometimes incorrectly used as a synonym for the adult hits format, which uses a slightly newer music library stretching from all decades to the present with a major focus on 1990s and 2000s pop, rock and alternative songs. In addition, adult hits stations tend to have larger playlists, playing a given song only a few times per week, compared to the tighter libraries on classic hits stations. For example, KRTH, a classic hits station in Los Angeles, and KLUV, a classic hits station in Dallas, both play power songs up to 30 times a week or more, which is another differentiator compared to other formats that share songs with classic hits libraries.

Oldies

Oldies

Oldies is a term for musical genres such as pop music, rock and roll, doo-wop, surf music from the second half of the 20th century, specifically from around the mid-1950s to the 1980s, as well as for a radio format playing this music.

Adult hits

Adult hits

Adult hits is a radio format drawing from popular music from the late 1960s to the present. The format typically focuses on adult contemporary, pop, and rock hits from the 1970s through at least the 1990s, and is synonymous with franchised brands such as Jack FM and Bob FM.

Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox are an American professional baseball team based in Boston. The Red Sox compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) East division. Founded in 1901 as one of the American League's eight charter franchises, the Red Sox' home ballpark has been Fenway Park since 1912. The "Red Sox" name was chosen by the team owner, John I. Taylor, c. 1908, following the lead of previous teams that had been known as the "Boston Red Stockings," including the Boston Braves. The team has won nine World Series championships, tied for the third-most of any MLB team, and has played in 13 World Series. Their most recent World Series appearance and win was in 2018. In addition, they won the 1904 American League pennant, but were not able to defend their 1903 World Series championship when the New York Giants refused to participate in the 1904 World Series.

Source: "WKTJ-FM", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, January 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WKTJ-FM.

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