News Media


Hickory Daily Record Founded in 1915, this once-small local paper has exploded into a well-known source of national and local  news,  to readers from Catawba County to Caldwell County.

The Observer News EnterprisePublishing Catawba County news since 1879, The O-N-E provides local news and sports coverage for Newton, Conover, Maiden Claremont and Catawba. The Newton-based newspaper printing operation also produces regular feature publications, including Profile, an annual Catawba County Fact Book, and Outlook, the weekly “good news” arts and entertainment newspaper, which is distributed countywide.

Focus Since 1978,  the Focus has been delivered “news you can use” to readers in our region, providing in-depth information on a variety of subjects including local events, entertainment, people and news.

Charlotte ObserverAlthough based in Charlotte, The Charlotte Observer provides information for our region as well as focusing on breaking news for the region, or local events.


Radio Station-
WHKY Radio (AM 1290) is a 50,000 watt station broadcasting a News & TalkRadio Format and serves the Greater Hickory (NC) Metro.

TV Channel- 7-WHKY-DTV is a Independent station serving the Charlotte TV Market (DMA # 24) broadcasting in a Standard Definition Digtial TV format on 14.1. This is Channel 7 on local Charter cable.

Both were the first stations in Hickory, NC and between Charlotte and Asheville, NC at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Founded in 1939 by Edmund S. Long the stations are still locally owned and operated by the Long Family as Long Communications, LLC.