WEQX

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WEQX
City of license Manchester, Vermont
Broadcast area Primary: Southern and central Vermont, Adirondack Region
Secondary: Western New Hampshire, The Berkshires, Capital District
Branding 102-7 'EQX Or 102-7 WEQX
Slogan The Real Alternative
Frequency 102.7 (MHz)
First air date November 14, 1984 at 10:27 (according to Times-Union article)
Format Modern Rock
ERP 1,250 watts
HAAT 759 meters (2,490 ft)
Class B
Callsign meaning Mount EQuinoX
Owner Northshire Communications
Webcast Listen Live
Website weqx.com

WEQX is an FM radio station located at 102.7 MHz and broadcasting from Manchester, Vermont, USA with an effective radiated power of 1,250 watts at 759 meters (Equivalent to 50,000 watts at 150 meters). Their tower is located on nearby Equinox Mountain. Because of its location and power the station is able to reach Albany-Schenectady-Troy (while distantly),[1] Saratoga Springs and Glens Falls along with southern and central Vermont, western Massachusetts, and western New Hampshire. It broadcasts an alternative music format which is more varied than most stations owned by larger corporations.

Despite being located in Vermont, WEQX has been voted the best radio station for the Capital Region (Albany, New York) by the Metroland alternative newsweekly for 15 years running (up to 2006) and voted best radio station of 2002 and 2006 by the Albany Times Union. It has also won Best Radio Station of the Year awards from Rolling Stone magazine in 1993, 1995 and 1996. In addition, the Album Network (a radio industry magazine) voted the station the Best Alternative Radio Station in the Country (small market), in 1995.

WEQX was founded in November 1984 as an independent radio station. The station originally broadcast an Adult Contemporary format for its first ten months of operation until flipping to Rock in September 1985. The station is located in a Victorian house at 161 Elm Street.

The founder and owner of WEQX -Brooks Brown, died in August, 2013. He is remembered as a bright light of independent spirit in a sea of corporate ownership. He founded 'EQX in the '80s after moving to the Manchester area and couldn't find a radio station to suit his advertising needs. Brown built the WEQX studio himself, and was also involved in building its antenna. If something broke or needed repairs he was always the first one to fix it. He was a great guy, a great friend, and was able to build and run a great radio station. He introduced a lot of amazing music to the world.

On November 14, 2014, WEQX will celebrate their 30th Anniversary as an independently owned-and-operated Alternative station.

WEQX, or "EQX", as it is commonly referred to by its listeners, is a large sponsor of live music and has presented various concerts in the Capital Region (Albany, New York).

In the summer of 2007, EQX held the first EQX Fest at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. The concert started at 3 PM and ran until around midnight. It had three different stages; one for local bands, one for mainstream bands, and one for the headliners. The headliners included The Nightwatchman, Matisyahu, and 311 (in that order).

On September 28, 2013, EQX held its fourth annual Pearl Palooza in Albany, New York. It was an all day free music festival that featured Portugal. The Man, Said The Whale, Cayucas among others.[2]

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Coordinates: 43°09′58″N 73°06′58″W / 43.166°N 73.116°W / 43.166; -73.116