WNKS, known on the air as KISS 95.1, is a 100,000 watt radio station in Charlotte, North Carolina. It broadcasts at 95.1 MHz from a tower in Dallas, North Carolina, primarily serving the Charlotte metropolitan area. On air programming consists of mainstream top 40 music. The station is owned by CBS Radio (formerly Infinity Radio) and is the flagship for the syndicated Ace & TJ Show.
The studio address for WNKS (along with WKQC) is:
4015 Stuart Andrew Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28217.
This is actually the second station in Charlotte to use the "Kiss" moniker. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, WCKZ was known as "Kiss 102", using a churban format similar to what is today called rhythmic CHR; it is now the Urban AC-formatted WBAV ("V101.9"), another CBS Radio-owned station. Only this "Kiss 95.1" is a Pop station; the moniker was used before Clear Channel trademarked it for its pop stations years down the line.
With album-oriented rock declining in popularity, WROQ became a CHR station called Q-95 in 1984. Late in the 1980s, WROQ evolved into Rock 40. In 1990, after stunting with repeated airplay of "Shock The Monkey" by Peter Gabriel, the station returned to CHR as WZZG Gorilla Radio Z-95.1.Later in the year, WZZG became WGKL-FM "Kool 95.1", an oldies station emphasizing 50s music more than Magic 96.1. ,In October 1991, WGKL stunted with a different format each day, using mostly satellite formats from SMN, and one day even doing all-comedy, before becoming WAQQ "95-Double-Q", a CHR station with an modern rock emphasis. Pure CHR was one of the "choices" listeners were to vote on, but the eventual choice was "none of the above". In 1994, along with a name change to WEDJ "95.1 The Edge", the station moved even closer to modern rock. The switch to the current name, letters and format was made in 1996.