WMKQ

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WMKQ
City of license Racine, Wisconsin
Broadcast area Racine, Kenosha and Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Branding Q92
Frequency 92.1 MHz
First air date 1961 (1961) (as WFNY)
Format Hot Country
ERP 2,700 watts
HAAT 150 meters
Class A
Facility ID 41438
Former callsigns WFNY (1961-1986)
WHKQ (1986-1995)
WEZY (1995-2014)
Owner Magnum Broadcasting
(Magnum Broadcasting)
Sister stations WRJN, WBWI-FM, WBKV
Website q92country.com

WMKQ (92.1 FM) is a hot country-formatted radio station in Racine in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. It serves Racine, Kenosha and the greater Milwaukee area. WEZY is owned by Magnum Broadcasting, along with sister stations WRJN and West Bend-based WBKV & WBWI-FM. Its studios are in Racine and the transmitter site is in Raymond.

History[edit]

The station signed on in 1961 as WFNY, (taken from owner Jerome Feeny's name) broadcasting a beautiful music format. Eventually an automated music playback system was installed, but live announcers remained on staff. Some of the air personalities over the years have included Paul Weyrich, Lou Rugani, Dave Garland, Don Jensen, Jerry Grimmer, Kevin Kellogg, Mike Kristof, Tim Yorgan, Chris Morreau, Gene Miller and Frank Ricchio.

WFNY was sold in 1986 and the format was flipped to adult contemporary as WHKQ. Two years later, WHKQ became "Country 92". The station was sold once again in 1991, with the format returning to its easy listening origins. Later, the station adopted the WEZY call letters using the branding "EZ92 WEZY" The easy listening format would simulcast on sister WRJN overnights Midnight-7AM.

In 1997, Bliss Communications, owners of eight radio stations in Wisconsin and numerous newspapers in Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan, purchased the station and its sister, WRJN. On December 26, 1997, the station adopted an adult contemporary format. On January 2, 2007, WEZY changed its moniker to "Lite Rock 92.1". On June 25, 2014, Bliss Communications announced that it would sell WEZY and WRJN, along with WBKV and WBWI-FM in West Bend, to Magnum Communications.[1]

On December 2, 2014, at 12:55 AM, the station, without warning, dropped its Adult Contemporary format after 22 years and flipped to Country as "Q92". The last song on Lite Rock 92.1 was You and Me by Lifehouse, while the first song on Q92 was This Is How We Roll by Florida Georgia Line. [2]On December 8, 2014 WEZY changed their call letters to WMKQ, to go with the "Q92" branding.

Past Logos[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bliss Communications to sell West Bend, Racine radio stations". The Janesville Gazette. June 25, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ WEZY Becomes Q92 from Format Change Archive December 8, 2014

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Coordinates: 42°45′36″N 87°57′54″W / 42.760°N 87.965°W / 42.760; -87.965