WHDQ

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WHDQ
WHDQ logo.png
City of license Claremont, New Hampshire
Broadcast area Lebanon-Rutland-White River Junction area
Branding Q106
Slogan "The Valley's Best Rock"
Frequency 106.1 MHz (also on HD Radio)
Translator(s) 106.5 W293AB (Keene)
106.7 W294AB (Hanover, relays HD2)
Repeaters 106.1 WHDQ-FM1 (Rutland)
First air date 1948
Format Classic rock
HD2: AAA "106.7 The River"
ERP 1,600 watts
HAAT 685 meters
Class B
Facility ID 17798
Transmitter coordinates 43°26′15.00″N 72°27′8.00″W / 43.4375000°N 72.4522222°W / 43.4375000; -72.4522222
Callsign meaning Northern New England's Music HeaDQuarters
Former callsigns WTSV-FM (1948–1972)
WECM (1972–1985)
Owner Great Eastern Radio, LLC
Sister stations WFYX, WGXL, WWOD, WTSL, WTSV, WXXK
Webcast Listen Live
Website theqrocks.com
river1067.com (HD2)

WHDQ (106.1 FM, "Q106") is a radio station broadcasting a classic rock format. Licensed to Claremont, New Hampshire, USA, the station serves the Lebanon-Rutland-White River Junction area. The station is currently owned by Jeffrey Shapiro's Great Eastern Radio.[1] The station's transmitter is located atop Mount Ascutney in Vermont. WHDQ's signal is also broadcast over two translators—W293AB (106.5 FM) in Keene, New Hampshire and W294AB (106.7 FM) in Hanover, New Hampshire—and a booster—WHDQ-1 in Rutland, Vermont

Q106 has arguably one of the richest and most colorful histories of any radio station in northern New England. What originally started out as a top-40 powerhouse in the mid 1980s to late 1992 evolved into a rock and roll powerhouse going forward after that. Q106 was one of the first radio stations to carry the Imus in the Morning show, and one of the first stations to reinstate the show upon Imus' return to the airwaves in December 2007.

Q106 also has the honor of being the first FM station in New Hampshire to sign on the air as WTSV-FM at 102.1 in 1948.

WHDQ, along with 29 other stations in northern New England formerly owned by Nassau Broadcasting Partners, was purchased at bankruptcy auction by Carlisle Capital Corporation, a company controlled by Bill Binnie (owner of WBIN-TV in Derry), on May 22, 2012. The station, and 12 of the other stations, were then acquired by Vertical Capital Partners, controlled by Jeff Shapiro.[2][3] The deal was completed on November 30, 2012.[4] The Vertical Capital Partners stations were transferred to Shapiro's existing Great Eastern Radio group on January 1, 2013.[5][6]

Personalities[edit]

  • Imus In The Morning
  • Brett Franklin
  • Stevens Blanchard
  • Kelly Hughes
  • Gregg Parrotto
  • Ken Webbley
  • Traci Fulton

Past personnel[edit]

  • "Yo!" Sunny Joe Allen (now on WKNE weekdays from 3-7PM eastern time)
  • Scott Antonivich (now hosting the weekday 5:30-10 AM shift on WKKN as "Parker Springfield")
  • Dave Ashton
  • Ken Barlow
  • Big Joe
  • Ted Bilodeau
  • Bob Cady
  • Dave Cooper
  • Doug Daniels
  • Guy Dark
  • Leif Erickson
  • Free Beer and Hot Wings
  • Tom Hoyt
  • Kristy
  • Peg Jett
  • Dru Johnson
  • Don Matsen
  • Ross Michaels
  • Chris Mitchell
  • Lisa Peakes
  • Jason Place
  • Rob Riley
  • Brian Ryea
  • Sharon Steele
  • Wally Wilcox
  • Chris Picard
  • Griffin Wert
  • Art Steinberg
  • Bruce Zeman

Translators and booster[edit]

WHDQ also broadcasts on the following translators and booster:

Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license ERP
W
Class FCC info
WHDQ-FM1 booster 106.1 Rutland, Vermont 13 D booster FCC
W293AB 106.5 Keene, New Hampshire 5 D FCC
W294AB 106.7 Hanover, New Hampshire 14 D FCC

W294AB relays WHDQ-HD2.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WHDQ Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  2. ^ "Carlisle Capital Corp. Wins Bidding For Rest Of Nassau Stations". All Access. May 22, 2012. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  3. ^ Venta, Lance (May 22, 2012). "Nassau Broadcasting Auction Results". RadioInsight. Retrieved May 24, 2012.  (updated May 23, 2012)
  4. ^ Kitch, Michael (December 1, 2012). "Binnie closes on purchase of WLNH". Laconia Daily Sun. Retrieved December 1, 2012. 
  5. ^ "APPLICATION FOR CONSENT TO ASSIGN BROADCAST STATION CONSTRUCTION PERMIT OR LICENSE OR TO TRANSFER CONTROL OF ENTITY HOLDING BROADCAST STATION CONSTRUCTION PERMIT OR LICENSE". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. December 11, 2012. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Consummation Notice". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. January 4, 2013. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 

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