World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article


Article Id: WHEBN0003485186
Reproduction Date:

Title: Wmht-fm  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Collection: Classical Music Radio Stations in the United States, Npr Member Stations, Radio Stations Established in 1972, Radio Stations in New York
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia


City of license Schenectady, New York
Broadcast area Capital District
Frequency 89.1 MHz
First air date 1972
Format Classical music
ERP 6,100 watts
HAAT 361 meters
Class B
Callsign meaning taken from WMHT-TV
Affiliations NPR
Owner WMHT Educational Telecommunications
Sister stations WEXT

WMHT-FM is the callsign of a classical music and NPR radio station licensed to Schenectady, New York, broadcasting on 89.1 MHz with 6,100 watts ERP from the Helderberg Mountains antenna farm in New Scotland, New York. It is sister station to WMHT, the PBS member station for the Albany/Schenectady/Troy market.

WMHT-FM programming is also heard on a part-time basis on sister station WRHV-FM in Poughkeepsie, which is involved in one of the last timeshare arrangements in the United States alongside State University of New York at New Paltz-owned WFNP-FM. From October 2005 to March 2006, WMHT-FM programming was also heard on WBKK in Amsterdam prior to WMHT starting its own, younger-oriented classical music on that station.


  • History 1
  • Original programming 2
  • RISE 3
  • See also 4
  • External links 5


WMHT-FM plays an all-classical music format, a format that dates to its signon in 1972. The plans for the format came into being in the wake of WFLY leaving the classical format in 1969 and an ensuing protest from prominent members of the community. Although a number of PBS stations were launching sister NPR stations, the presence of WAMC kept WMHT from such an opportunity. WMHT decided to go in a different direction by launching a classical station. After paying Siena College owned WVCR-FM to vacate their 89.1 frequency, WMHT-FM would soon sign on.

WMHT-FM's signature program is "Bach's Lunch," a program originally conceived by Pam Mittendorff and Chris Wienk of WSHU-FM. Wienk brought the program to WMHT-FM after it stopped airing on WSHU-FM in Fairfield.

In July 2007, WMHT launched "Exit 97.7" which features local jocks Dave Michaels in morning drive, with station manager Chris Wienk handling afternoons.

Programming will also include two daily runs of "World Cafe" from Philadelphia's WXPN and the new age show "Echoes" (which was already being heard at night on WBKK), as well as a local music show called "Local 518" on weekends."

"Our focus is on emerging artists, classic songs that regular radio has forgotten, and music from our region (our Local 518)." (Exit97.7online)

Original programming

  • Bach's Lunch: A program of Baroque music airing on weekdays at noon. The host is Chris Wienk.
  • WMHT Live: A full-length concert program featuring recordings of recent classical concerts in the Capital District.
  • No Ticket Required: A program of concert excerpts featuring recordings of recent classical concerts in the Capital District.
  • Serenade: A program of classical music featuring nocturnes, adagios and andantes produced by Wayne Henning.


WMHT also provides an information service for those who are blind and "print-disabled" known as RISE, which has been in operation since 1978. RISE programming is on the subcarriers of both WMHT-FM and WRHV-FM (even when WRHV-FM is not on the air).

See also

External links

  • WMHT's Website
  • Query the FCC's FM station database for WMHT
  • Radio-Locator information on WMHT
  • Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WMHT

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.