WCQL (95.9 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a Hot Adult Contemporary format. Licensed to Queensbury, New York, USA, the station serves the Saratoga Springs/Glens Falls area. The station is currently owned by Regional Radio Group, LLC and features live and local programming from Program Director John Pratt who handles afternoons and oversees the rest of the staff including the Hits Hot Breakfast with Jason Ross and Maggie Noble, Mid-days with Jenny Lewis, and After Hours with Gonzo Gates at their new location in Queensbury, New York.
The radio station began operations in 1968 as WWSC-FM, originally licensed to Glens Falls, New York and simulcasting MOR formatted WWSC-AM. In 1978, the call letters were changed to WYLR, and the format to a syndicated, automated top 40 format called "The Love Rock", although the station still simulcasted programming with WWSC-AM from 4:00AM-10:00AM weekdays. The format was flipped to automated album-oriented rock in 1981. The daily simulcast with WWSC ended completely in 1982 when a live morning show was added. During the 80s the station added live midday and afternoon drive shifts. The format changed to an early version of hot adult contemporary in 1984, followed by dance top 40 in 1988 and then classic rock in 1991 as Y96. In late 1995, the format was changed to country (as North Country 95.9), but this only lasted until late 1997, when the station was sold, and the format was returned to classic rock, with the new call letters WCQL and the Cool Rock 95.9 branding. Classic rock lasted this time on WCQL for over seven years, until May 2005, when the station tweaked towards active rock due to new classic rock competition from the much more powerful classic hits-formatted WNYQ. In September 2005, the station flipped to its current hot adult contemporary format, Hits 95.9, due to competition from modern rock-leaning hot AC station WKBE. Due to WNYQ's move to Malta, New York, the station's community of license was changed to Queensbury, New York in 2006.