WFNQ

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WFNQ
WFNQ logo.png
City of license Nashua, New Hampshire
Broadcast area Southern New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts
Branding 106.3 Frank FM
Slogan #1 for Classic Hits!
Frequency 106.3 MHz
First air date October 19, 1987
Format Classic hits
ERP 950 watts
HAAT 165 meters
Class A
Facility ID 23329
Transmitter coordinates 42°44′7.0″N 71°23′47.0″W / 42.735278°N 71.396389°W / 42.735278; -71.396389 (WFNQ)
Callsign meaning FNQ = Frank
Former callsigns WHOB (1987–2005)
Owner Binnie Media
(WBIN Media Co., Inc.)
Sister stations WBIN-TV, WEMJ, WJYY, WLNH-FM, WNNH, WNHW, WYCN-CD
Webcast Listen Live
Website 1063frankfm.com

WFNQ (106.3 FM "106.3 Frank FM") is a radio station in Nashua, New Hampshire, serving the Nashua area with a classic hits format. It is currently owned by Binnie Media. The station's studios are located in Nashua.

WFNQ can also be received in the northern portion of the Boston area; the station has interference with Providence-market WWKX past this area.

History[edit]

WFNQ signed on October 19, 1987[1] as WHOB, under the ownership of Mario DiCarlo.[2] Although WHOB was a new license, it inherited the allocation previously assigned to WOTW-FM,[2] which operated from 1947[3] until 1985.[4] At one time a CHR station, the station began mixing in modern rock in 1996,[5] and had shifted to hot adult contemporary by 1999, when DiCarlo retired and sold WHOB to Tele-Media.[2]

Tele-Media sold WHOB, along with WNNH in Henniker and WLKZ in Wolfeboro, to Nassau Broadcasting Partners in 2004.[6] Nassau dropped the hot AC format in favor of the "Frank FM" classic hits format (the second Nassau station, after WFNK in Lewiston, Maine, to do so) and the WFNQ callsign on March 17, 2005.[7] The station, along with 16 other Nassau stations in northern New England, was purchased at bankruptcy auction by WBIN Media Company, a company controlled by Bill Binnie, on May 22, 2012. Binnie already owns WBIN-TV in Derry and WYCN-LP in Nashua.[8][9] The deal was completed on November 30, 2012.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Broadcasting/Cablecasting Yearbook 1989 (PDF). 1989. p. B-189. Retrieved April 5, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Fybush, Scott (October 29, 1999). "Citadel Gets Huge, Shuffles Binghamton's AMs". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved January 18, 2010. 
  3. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1981 (PDF). 1981. p. C-147. Retrieved January 17, 2010. 
  4. ^ "NHAB Alumni: Bob Cohen". New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters. March 24, 2002. Retrieved January 17, 2010. 
  5. ^ Fybush, Scott (April 17, 1996). "New England Radio Watch". Retrieved January 18, 2010. 
  6. ^ Fybush, Scott (January 19, 2004). "Anchor in Florida Lands 'BZ in Headlines". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved January 18, 2010. 
  7. ^ Kennedy, Eileen (March 19, 2005). "Frankly, it’s not WHOB anymore". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on January 10, 2007. Retrieved January 18, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Carlisle Capital Corp. Wins Bidding For Rest Of Nassau Stations". All Access. May 22, 2012. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  9. ^ "WBIN Media acquires 17 N.E. radio stations". New Hampshire Union Leader. May 23, 2012. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  10. ^ Kitch, Michael (December 1, 2012). "Binnie closes on purchase of WLNH". Laconia Daily Sun. Retrieved December 1, 2012. 

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