WDJQ

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WDJQ
Q92 Today's Hit Music
City of license Alliance, Ohio
Broadcast area Canton, Ohio
Branding Q92
Slogan "Today's Hit Music"
Frequency 92.5 MHz
First air date 1947 (as WFAH-FM at 101.7)
Format Top 40 (CHR)[1]
ERP 50,000 watts
HAAT 152 meters
Class B
Facility ID 14914
Transmitter coordinates 40°47′24.00″N 81°6′26.00″W / 40.7900000°N 81.1072222°W / 40.7900000; -81.1072222
Callsign meaning (husband and wife) Don and Josephine Peterson
or: (son and daughter) Don Jr. and Jill Peterson[2]
Former callsigns WZKL (3/13/92-3/07/08)
WDJQ (1/01/80-3/13/92)
WFAH-FM (1947-1/01/80)
Former frequencies 101.7 MHz (1947-1968)
Owner D.A. Peterson, Inc.
Sister stations WDPN
Webcast Listen Live!
Website q92radio.com

WDJQ (92.5 FM, "Q92") is a radio station in Alliance, Ohio, operating with a Top 40 (CHR) format. It serves the Canton, Ohio radio market. WDJQ is owned by the family company of Don Peterson, the former publisher of the Alliance Review newspaper, and is co-owned with AM station WDPN.

History[edit]

The station originally signed on as WFAH-FM at 101.7 MHz in 1947. One of the oldest established FM stations in the entire region, it served as the FM complement to WFAH-AM (established 1953), now known as WDPN. Both stations were founded by Arthur Hoiles, with the callsign being a tribute to his father, Frank Austin Hoiles (FAH). WFAH-FM moved to 92.5 in 1968 upon the establishment of WJER-FM Dover, Ohio on 101.7. (92.5 had been WAND-FM Canton from 1948-early 1950's) WFAH-FM switched to a Top 40 (CHR) format as WDJQ on January 1, 1980; the calls selected because the names of the station owners began with the letters D and J (Don and Josephine (Hoiles) Peterson) as did their children (Don Jr. and Jill). The "Q" rhymed with the dial position 92, hence the "Q92" moniker.

In the late 80's, the station was involved in a ratings controversy where Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based WLTJ sued Arbitron claiming that listeners to 92.5 were credited to WDJQ incorrectly due to overlap in the markets as defined by Arbitron.[3]

WDJQ became WZKL on March 13, 1992. Under the WZKL call letters, the station played oldies as "Kool 92" and later "Oldies 92.5", then a hot adult contemporary format as "Z-92.5 - Today's Music For All People" in January 2000. It once again became Top 40 (CHR) as "Q92" in September 2002, although there was no "Q" in the station's call letters. Previous attempts to reclaim the WDJQ call letters were unsuccessful, but on February 29, 2008, it was announced that the radio station had successfully obtained the WDJQ call sign, which took effect March 7, 2008.[4][5]

Current Airstaff

  • The Mo Radio Show Weekdays 5:30am to 10am
  • Nikolina - Middays 10am to 2pm
  • Robbie Mack - Afternoon Drive 2pm to 7pm
  • Kristie Kay - evenings from 7pm-Midnight
  • Scott Adams - Weekends and Fill in
  • Raven - Weekends and Fill in

Former Airstaff

The DeLuca Show, which ran weekdays from 5:30-10:00am, included host, Pat DeLuca (once the station night jock), co-host, Charlotte DiFranco, and producer, Jason 'Virgil' Pantea. On February 2, 2012, the show went on hiatus pending contractual resolutions.[6] On February 6, 2012, it was announced no agreement with management was made and The DeLuca Show was off the air permanently on WDJQ. After the expiration of a non-compete clause, DeLuca reentered the Canton morning show scene in August 2013 on WHBC-FM alongside Kathy Vogel, who co-hosted the morning show at WDJQ (then WZKL) before DeLuca.

Other former staff members include John Stewart, Eric Bradley, Liz Custer, Jim Steele, Tim Richards, Joe Slider, and Jim Chenot.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Top 40 Panel". Nielsen BDS. 
  2. ^ "Radio Info article". Retrieved 2008-03-02. 
  3. ^ "WLTJ SUES ARBITRON FOR RATINGS INACCURACIES'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. January 13, 1992. pp. B2. 
  4. ^ Fybush, Scott (2008-03-03). "This Week's Bloodbath: Citadel". NorthEast Radio Watch. 
  5. ^ "Q92 to return to call letters W-D-J-Q". Alliance Review. March 7, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  6. ^ http://www.vindy.com/news/2012/feb/03/the-deluca-show-off-the-air-during-contr/?nw

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