WHYT Becomes Hot Hits 96.3 Detroit | September 15, 1982 | 1 Comment Previous Format: Beautiful Music WJR-FM New Format: CHR “Hot Hits 96.3” WHYT Date & Time Of Change: September 15, 1982 at 5:00pm More Info: Wikipedia http://formatchange.com/audio/418.mp3 Related Posts WMGC Rebrands As Soft Rock 105.1 No Comments | Dec 26, 2011 WGPR Signs Off No Comments | Oct 23, 2011 WGPR Becomes Hot 107.5 No Comments | Oct 26, 2011 The Escape Becomes The New 88.1 1 Comment | Dec 31, 2011 One Comment Chris June 10, 2014 Reply It should be pointed out that the call letters had already changed to WHYT about two or so months before the format change to Hot Hits (which by the way was called “96 Now” on the air and not specifically “Hot Hits 96.3”; it later became “96 Hit FM,” “The Hot Rockin’ Flame Throwin’ 96 WHYT,” “Power 96” and then just “96.3 FM” by 1989). I remember reading an archived Detroit Free Press article from the summer of 1982 in which Cap Cities/ABC tried to assure fans of the beautiful music format that the easy listening was not going away and that the “HYT” calls stood for “height” (as in “the height of beautiful music”). Which obviously was a lie, as even Billboard confirmed the format change in July. Add a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment:*Name:* Email Address:* Website: Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.