KHTE, KKSP to Change Formats; Huckabee Show Debuts Live in Little Rock

Little Rock radio stations KHTE-FM, 96.5 (kHits), and KKSP-FM, 93.3 (Fresh Talk), are scheduled to change formats Thursday.

Station owner and operator Capital City Broadcasting is converting popular-music station KHTE into Fresh Talk, the news and talk format, and changing KKSP from its news and sports format to sports only.

"With both stations, we look forward to providing engaging and informative programming that is relevant to people living in the metropolitan area," said Tatum Owenby, president of Capital City Broadcasting, in a statement.

KHTE's new talk lineup will include talk shows by Glenn Beck, Mike Huckabee, Dennis Miller and Andy Dean.

"The Mike Huckabee Show," which as yet hasn't aired on Little Rock stations, will air live from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays. The former Arkansas governor's show launched nationally in April and is syndicated through Cumulus Media of Atlanta, which owns KARN-AM, 920, in Little Rock.

The show already airs in other Arkansas markets: live from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on KBHS-AM, 1420, in Hot Springs, and KXAR-AM, 1490, in Huckabee’s birthplace of Hope. The show is recorded and airs later at 2-5 p.m. on KELD-FM, 106.5, in El Dorado and 9 p.m.-midnight on KFAY-AM, 1030, in Fayetteville. 

The all-sports version of KKSP will continue to air programs by local sports show hosts Wess Moore and Bo Mattingly, as well as national programming from Tim Brando and Fox Sports.

Crain Media of Sherwood was the previous owner and operator of both KHTE and KKSP. New Lion Media Group LLC of Fayetteville bought into the two stations last summer, creating Capital City Broadcasting. Crain and New Lion together own Capital City Broadcasting.