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WHLC logo.jpg
CityHighlands, North Carolina
Broadcast areaGreenville/Spartanburg/Asheville market
Frequency104.5 MHz
SloganSoft & easy favorites
FormatEasy listening
OwnerCharisma Radio Corp.
First air date
Call sign meaning
Highlands, Cashiers[1] or Carolinas
Technical information
Facility ID10351
ERP460 watts
HAAT353 m (1,158 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
35°3′40.00″N 83°11′5.00″W / 35.0611111°N 83.1847222°W / 35.0611111; -83.1847222
Repeater(s)W239AN 95.7 Highlands

WHLC FM 104.5 is a radio station covering a small area where Georgia and the Carolinas meet. Owned by Charisma Radio Corp. (Wanda and Chuck Cooper[1]) and based in Highlands, North Carolina (also its city of license), its studios are just north of the historic downtown on the Cashiers Road (U.S. 64). The transmitter is nearby, and operates at 460 watts effective radiated power. The station went on the air in mid-1993.

According to FCC maps, WHLC covers the southwestern half of Macon County (including Franklin), the southern half of Jackson County (including Cashiers) to the east, the southwestern corner of Transylvania County (as far as Lake Toxaway) further east, the far northwestern tip of South Carolina (as far south as Walhalla) to the south and southeast, and the eastern half of Rabun County, Georgia (out to Clayton) to the southwest. [1][dead link] According to the station's own map, coverage goes extremely far to the south and southeast, though this seems highly unlikely under normal circumstances, even given that this area is well out of the obstruction of the mountains. [2][dead link]

WHLC plays easy listening music dating back to the 1950s, including instrumental versions of soft rock tunes, with a target audience of over-35 listeners.[1] It is the only full-service station licensed to Highlands, although the town's location on a high plateau allows people to receive other stations from Asheville, and as far away as northeastern metro Atlanta. Also licensed to Highlands is W277CU, which retransmits WFQS from Western North Carolina Public Radio in Asheville.


As of February 2014, WHLC has one broadcast translator station on air, also located in Highlands. The initial permit (November 1996) had callisgn W279AH on 103.7, then W277AL on 103.3 (May 2001), from a different location than the main station on the southwest edge of the Highlands city limit. It obtained a construction permit at the same location to change to 95.7, lower the antenna by about 10 meters, and increase to 75 watts. (This superseded an application to stay at the original height but at 25 watts.) The new callsign, W239AN, was issued in July 2007. It then became W293BX on 106.5, granted in late 2011 and licensed in early 2012 (trading channels with W239CB on 95.7 in nearby Cashiers). It is unclear why this station is necessary or even useful, since it is now on the same tower as the main station.

Call sign Frequency
City of license ERP
(m (ft))
Class FCC info
W287CD 105.3 Scaly, North Carolina 51 464.7 m (1,525 ft) D FCC
W239CB 95.7 Cashiers, North Carolina 250 404 m (1,325 ft) D FCC
W249CY 97.7 Lake Toxaway, North Carolina 9 538.8 m (1,768 ft) D FCC
W255CR 98.9 Franklin, North Carolina 40 −138.4 m (−454 ft) D FCC

In 2003, Charisma also made applications for 106.5 in Cashiers, 97.1 in Lake Toxaway, 99.1 in Franklin, and 105.3 in "Scaly" (Scaly Mountain) in North Carolina, and for 94.9 in Easley and 101.7 in Greenville, South Carolina. The FCC took a decade to approve these, with Scaly and Cashiers approved in May 2013, and Toxaway and Franklin in early January 2014. Prior to FCC approval, the applications for the Highlands and Cashiers stations swapped frequencies, while Franklin was amended to go down by one channel. The applications for the two stations in South Carolina were never approved.


  1. ^ a b c d Cooper, Wanda; Cooper, Chcuk. "The History of WHLC". Retrieved 2010-07-13.

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