A planned coverage map for the KWHN’s planned FM signal at 97.5 FM

FORT SMITH – You could be hearing radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Dave Ramsey on the FM dial soon if the executives who run local talker KWHN gets their way with the FCC.

Broadcast giant iHeartRadio, through licensee Capstar TX LLC applied on January 31st to build a new signal to rebroadcast the AM station at 97.5 FM. If approved, the 250-watt translator station will transmit from a 475-foot tower on the state line at Arkoma.

KWHN has broadcast at 1320 AM since it went on the air in November of 1947. It is the third oldest station in Fort Smith, behind KFPW 1230 and KFSA 950. The move allows the station to join a movement of broadcasters on the AM band to rebroadcast their programming on lower power FM signals.

In addition to KWHN, parent company iHeartRadio owns KMAG 99.1 FM (country), KZBB 97.9 FM (adult contemporary), and KKBD 95.9 FM (classic rock).

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