|City of license||Shelby, North Carolina|
|Slogan||"All The Hits"|
|First air date||1948 (as WOHS-FM)|
|Format||Contemporary Hit Radio|
|HAAT||530 meters (1,740 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||W Hits Queen City|
|Former callsigns||WOHS-FM (1948-1978)
|Owner||Clear Channel Communications
(Clear Channel Broadcasting Licenses, Inc.)
|Sister stations||WEND, WKKT, WLKO, WRFX|
WHQC (96.1 FM, "Channel 96-1") is an American radio station licensed to serve the community of Shelby, North Carolina. The station is owned by Clear Channel Communications and the broadcast license is held by Clear Channel Broadcasting Licenses, Inc. WHQC broadcasts a Top 40 (CHR) format branded as "Channel 96-1" to the greater Charlotte, North Carolina, area. Its transmitter is located in Dallas, North Carolina, and its studios are located on Woodridge Center Drive in South Charlotte.
The station, established in 1948, was originally known as WOHS-FM, which complemented its AM sister station WOHS out of Shelby, North Carolina. In 1978, the station increased its signal power to cover the far western portion of Charlotte and expanded its coverage as WXIK, adopting a top 40 format as "K-96" that was heavy on "deep cut" rock hits. Air staff at WXIK included longtime PD/MD Jeffrey Owens, longtime Shelby personality Andy Foster, Vince Goolio, J.Worthington Smith, Eddie Bridges, Dawne Conrad, Don Richards, Rusty Price, Kent Dorsey, Scott Miller, Jeff Champion, and Bob Davis. In 1987, the station boosted its signal again to cover the entire Charlotte area, and adopted a gold-based adult contemporary format for a time. A new set of call letters, WWMG, were adopted at that time as well, along with the name "Magic 96". Later in the 1980s, the station went with an oldies format.
As WWMG, the station was Charlotte's radio home of the North Carolina Tar Heels from 1991 to 1995.
Even though the oldies format remained successful for nearly two decades, its later years deemed less successful. In 2004, the station made headlines when the oldies format was dropped for its current format. The WIBT calls were chosen shortly afterwards, even though it initially created confusion between it and legendary Charlotte station WBT, which also has a spot on the FM dial as well.
Despite the controversy that ensued, WIBT would become a success story when it went to #1 in the Fall 2004 Arbitrons. As a Rhythmic Top 40 formatted station, WIBT was in competition with long-time Urban heritage station WPEG Power 98 and Pop station WNKS Kiss 95.1. Although its music tended to favor hip hop, WIBT played pop and dance crossovers that were hits. In early September 2010, 96.1 The Beat segued into a mainstream contemporary hit radio format, going head-to-head with WNKS with the positioner "All The Hits." On December 10, 2010, after the station saw its ratings slip from 5.8 in Arbitron's September PPM to a 4.1 in November's PPM, WIBT finally dropped the "96-1 The Beat" moniker for "Channel 96-1", retaining the "All The Hits" positioner. On August 31, 2011, WIBT changed their call letters to WHQC.
Christopher "Brotha Fred" Frederick's last night co-hosting Fox News Edge on WCCB was December 16, 2010. The next day, WIBT announced that Frederick, the station's morning co-host since June 2006, would begin originating the show from Chicago on January 3, 2011. Joining Frederick would be David L, who was already part of the WIBT show, and Angi Taylor of Chicago. Frederick's "AM Mayhem" would also be heard on Chicago's WKSC-FM as well as WMKS in Greensboro, North Carolina and WKXJ in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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- Channel 96-1 Online
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WHQC
- Radio-Locator information on WHQC
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WHQC
- Tragic96.com - WWMG memorial site