|City of license||Racine, Wisconsin|
|Broadcast area||Racine, Kenosha and Milwaukee, Wisconsin|
|First air date||1961(as WFNY)|
|Former callsigns||WFNY (1961-1986)
(Magnum Communications, Inc.)
|Sister stations||WRJN, WBWI-FM, WBKV|
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. WMKQ is owned by David Magnum, through licensee Magnum Communications, Inc., along with sister stations WRJN and West Bend-based WBKV & WBWI-FM. Its studios are in Racine and the transmitter site is in Raymond.
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 David Magnum's Magnum Communications, Inc. The sale, at a price of $2.25 million, was consummated on October 31, 2014.
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. On December 8, 2014, WEZY changed their call letters to WMKQ, to go with the "Q92" branding.
- "Bliss Communications to sell West Bend, Racine radio stations". The Janesville Gazette. June 25, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2014.
- WEZY Becomes Q92 from Format Change Archive December 8, 2014
- WMKQ Website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WMKQ
- Radio-Locator information on WMKQ
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WMKQ