WLIK IS CELEBRATING 60 YEARS

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  • Braves win 3rd in row. Beat Padres 2-0 on Urban Santana's gem....10th win of the year....He struck out 11....and got home run support from catcher Evan Gattis who blasted his 17th of the year.
    Braves vs Dodgers tonight on the coast.
  • A Newport Alderwoman, Veteran Newport Police detective and the woman's son were arraigned yesterday by Circuit Court Judge Rex Henry Ogle. Already indicted by the Cocke County Grand Jury on charges related to selling stolen goods at the Pit Stop Mobil store near Cocke County High School....Judge Ogle set the next court date for August 11 at 9 am.for Kathy Holt, 50, her son Kenny Myers 33,
    and Detective Captain Lynn Shults 54. They are charged in connection with the TBI investigation into money laundering and conspiracy,
    Additionally, Captain James Finley Holt, 59, was indicted on federal weapons charges and others....and will have a preliminary hearing today in Greeneville.
  • Newport Utilities says some folks in the area experienced power outages during last night's storms. The Glendale and M cGaha
    Chapel Hollow areas were the hardest hit. Scattered outages reported involving some 220 customers from Point Pleasant
    to Del Rio to Chestnut Hill. At last report, some 40 customers remain without power in the Murray Branch Rd, Camellia Dr, and Wild Acres area. Crews are on site but have been unable to locate the cause of the power loss, and the line keeps going out, says NU spokesman
    Jimmy Robertson.

A Word from WLIK

A milestone was reached by WLIK in April of this year when we celebrated our 60th Anniversary of service to Newport and Cocke County, 1954-2014. Our celebration will continue throughout the year.

Some of the highlights of our 60 years include:
- 1954—WLIK was the third station put on the air by East Tennessee Radio Pioneer Arthur Wilkerson in the prime era of radio’s expansion.
- 1954 – one of the earliest affiliates of the Vol Network.
- Wilkerson began one of the earliest interactive programs call “Swap & Shop” that still runs today at 6:45 and 11:35 a.m..
- 1958- WLIK suffered the misfortune of a fire. We were back on the air within 24 hours
- 1962 – WLIK introduced a remote broadcast unit called “The Music Mobile” . A new innovation at that time
- 1963 Dwight Wilkerson became manager of WLIK – in radio now 54 years
- 1968 – To be a greater asset to the community WLIK began fulltime service. And WLIK began the first broadcast of high school sports in our community
- 1970 – Johnnie Swann began work at WLIK
- 1984 – WLIK became a CNN affiliate – a fledgling network then and now the worldwide leader in news
- 1986 – WLIK became an Atlanta Braves affiliate
- 1992 – ended an era of playing vinyl record and started using CD’s
- 1998 – Founder and only owner of WLIK Arthur Wilkerson died. WLIK is still family owned
- 1999 – Installed automation equipment and changed formats from country to oldies of the 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s.
- 2000 – Angie Wilkerson, Dwight’s daughter and granddaughter of the founder joined the operation.
- 2002 – WLIK upgraded it’s entire operation; installed new equipment from studio to transmitter.
- 2004 – WLIK’s 50th Anniversary – same location – same ownership --Rick Brooks joined the staff at WLIK.
- 2014 -- WLIK celebrates 60 years. Still the one -- same location - same ownership.

WLIK prides itself in it’s effort to work with the community for various projects over the last 60 years. WLIK assists with fund raisers such as the Kiwanis Radiothon and Chamber projects as well as other special projects which benefit the community

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