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Broadcast areaAtlanta, Georgia
Frequency1320 kHz
BrandingPower Country
FormatDefunct (was Country music, local programming, news)
AffiliationsReal Country, NBC Radio
OwnerChappell Communications, LLC
First air date
1952 (1952)
Last air date
April 1, 2020 (2020-04-01)
Former call signs
WRHT (1952–1954)
Call sign meaning
We're Helpful... Informative... and Entertaining!
Technical information
Facility ID65005
Power5,000 watts (day)
83 watts (night)
Transmitter coordinates
33°14′30.00″N 84°18′17.00″W / 33.2416667°N 84.3047222°W / 33.2416667; -84.3047222

WHIE (1320 AM) was a radio station broadcasting a country music format. Licensed to Griffin, Georgia, United States, it served the Atlanta area. The station was last owned by Chappell Communications, LLC and featured programming from NBC Radio and the Real Country Radio Network.


Robert H. Thompson, Sr., trading as Griffin Broadcasting System, obtained a construction permit for a 1,000-watt, daytime-only radio station in Griffin on August 13, 1952.[1] The station began broadcasting that December. In 1954, Thompson sold the station to Virginia Price Bowen; the transfer was part of a transaction by which Thompson became full owner of WWNS in Statesboro, which the two had jointly owned.[2] Price Bowen changed the call letters to WHIE on April 19, 1954.[1] WHIE was sold twice in the ensuing three years, to Gateway Broadcasters in 1956 and Telerad, Inc., in 1957; the Williams family acquired control of the station the next year and retained it until Fred L. Watkins became majority owner in 1975.[1]

Watkins sold the station to its last owner, Chappell Communications, in 1998 for $240,000.[3] The station ceased operations on April 1, 2020, in the wake of the death of owner Robert Chappell the year before.[4] Its license was cancelled on June 21, 2021.[5]


  1. ^ a b c FCC History Cards for WHIE
  2. ^ "Ga. Radio Stations' Transfer Okay Asked". The Atlanta Constitution. January 20, 1954. p. 15. Retrieved June 27, 2021.
  3. ^ "Transactions" (PDF). Radio & Records. May 29, 1998. pp. 6, 8. Retrieved June 27, 2021.
  4. ^ Venta, Lance (June 27, 2021). "FCC Report 6/27: FCC Proposes Revisions To Seven Technical Rules". RadioInsight. Retrieved 2021-06-27.
  5. ^ FCC Station Serach Details: DWHIE (Facility ID: 65005)

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