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WTIC-FM is a radio station primarily serving the Hartford, Connecticut market, though its signal can be picked up throughout most of Connecticut and into Springfield, Massachusetts. It currently broadcasts a Hot Adult Contemporary format. It is located on the dial at 96.5 MHz. It is currently operated by CBS Radio. WTIC-FM was one of the two pre-World War II FM stations in Connecticut, signing on the air originally as W1XSO on 2/5/1940 and using a frequency of 43.5 MHz. In 12/1941 it became a commercial operation using the call letters W53H. In 1943 the call letters were changed for the last time to WTIC-FM. In 4/1948 the station moved to 96.5 MHz where it has remained. It switched from classical music to CHR/Top 40 on 5/12/1977, and amended its CHR format on 6/15/1994 to remove controversial rap music from its playlist; the station's sound has become decidedly softer in recent years compared to its past. Since 1977 the station has referred to itself on the air variously as "96 Ticks,