Eventually, a familiar landmark to those of us in the mid-Ohio Valley, a 350 foot AM tower along Emerson Avenue in north Parkersburg will come a tumblin’ down. The station was taken off the air this week. WHNK was first established in 1935 as WPAR, Parkersburg, West Virginia’s first radio station. Overtures were made to purchase the station, but to no avail, at least up to this point. True to its present calls, it ran classic country.
I used to host oldies request shows years ago on that station. While sad to see it go, it was inevitable. Parkersburg has too many radio stations, and WHNK was just no longer viable. Music on radio in general is going to be a tougher and tougher sell, but music on AM?? No way.
Side note: You’d think sometime in the past 80 years, one of the AM1450 owners would have bought the land that housed the tower.