WGHT To Sign-Off This Summer

North Jersey 1500 WGHT Pompton LakesAnother AM will go silent rather attempt to “revitalize” as Mariana Broadcasting’s Full Service Oldies “North Jersey 1500” WGHT Pompton Lakes NJ has announced its intent to sign-off at the end of this summer.

An AM daytimer operating with 1kW in the shadows of New York City, WGHT was unable to keep competing with the plethora of media options available in the area. Owner/GM/Midday Host John Silliman intends to attempt to donate the license to a local school or non-profit.

WGHT has been in its current format since 1993 when Mariana purchased then WKER from the estate of station founder Robert Kerr. The station’s most famous alumnus is current Fox Sports studio host and NFL play-by-play man Kevin Burkhardt, who started his career at WGHT out of college.

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Lance Venta is the Owner and Publisher of RadioInsight.com and a consultant for RadioBB Networks specializing in integration of radio and the internet. Lance has two decades of experience tracking the audio industry and its use of digital platforms.


  1. One problem for WGHT-1500 is the fact it’s a daytimer that must sign-off at sunset to protect WFED (once known as WTOP-AM) in Washington, D.C.

    During the Winter, the station has almost no afternoon drive hours, since in December, they likely have to sign-off at 4:30 P.M.

    • Every daytimer has that problem, Joseph.
      The real problem appears to be that the owners milked the facility rather than invest in it. I understand that North Jersey 1500 is still using cart machines in the on-air studio when everyone else has converted to digital storage for audio.

      • Wax cylinders or the latest version of NexGen, it doesn’t matter if no one can hear what you are playing.

        The AM on FM Translator thing was supposed to help address the signal issue.

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