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WJBQ logo.png
City of license Portland, Maine
Broadcast area Greater Portland
Branding Q 97.9
Frequency 97.9 MHz
First air date June 1, 1960 (as WLOB-FM)
Format Top 40 (CHR)
ERP 16,000 watts
HAAT 271 meters
Class B
Facility ID 3134
Former callsigns WLOB-FM (1960-1971)
WDCS (1971-1974)
WJBQ (1974-1986)
WWGT (6/1986-8/1986)
WWGT-FM (1986-1991)
WCSO (1991-1997)[1]
Owner Townsquare Media
(Townsquare Media Portland License, LLC)
Sister stations WBLM, WCYY, WHOM
Webcast Listen Live
Website wjbq.com

WJBQ (FM 97.9; on air slogan Q 97 dot 9) is a radio station in Portland, Maine, United States, which airs a contemporary hit radio format.


The station provides around the clock top 40 hit music played by either its own staff of disc jockeys and supplemented with some syndicated programming.

Weekday mornings feature the "Q Morning Show" with Meredith Manning, Jeff Parsons, and Lori Voornas. The morning show features music as well as news every half hour and is supplemented with talk and recurring features such as "movie montage/mash-ups," "Pen of the Day," weekly calls to Movie Mom, and "Open Mic Wednesdays" which allows callers to call in and say mostly anything on the air (with exceptions) for ten seconds. The very witty "Q Morning Show" is known to be one of the most popular radio morning shows in the Portland area.

Weekday afternoons from noon to 1 feature the Q's "Back in the Day Cafe" with Mike Rovin who plays music from the 90's to early 2K.

Weeknights from 5-6 feature the Q's "Dashboard DJ" with Rob Steele "Steelzy" who hosts an all request hour of music.

The "Q Mix at 6" with Ya Favorite Homie JR & Rob Steele includes all of the best nonstop remixes for the drive home each weeknight.

Nights and Weekends also feature a mix of on-air staff and nationally syndicated programs such as Hollywood Hamilton's Weekend Top 30, and the all famous Open House Party.



On-air staff Time
No DJ present 12:00AM-5:30AM
Q Morning Show 5:30AM–10:00AM
Mike Rovin 10:00AM-3:00PM
Rob Steele 3:00PM-10:00PM
Ya Favorite Homie JR 10:00PM-12:00AM


On-air staff Time
Kramer 12:00AM-6:00AM
Q Morning Show 6:00AM–10:00AM
Trent Marshall 10:00AM-2:00PM
Rob Steele 2:00PM-7:00PM
Saturday Night Online 7:00PM-12:00AM


On-air staff Time
Nick Cannon 12:00AM-4:00AM
Kramer 4:00AM–9:00AM
Hollywood Hamilton 9:00AM-12:00PM
Amy Rose 12:00PM-4:00PM
Trent Marshall 4:00PM-7:00PM
Open House Party 7:00PM-12:00AM


ref>WLOB-AM and FM were sold to Portland Broadcasting Corporation on March 3, 1965.[1]The WLOB-AM and FM simulcast ended on March 1, 1971 when they were acquired by separate companies with WLOB-AM going to Aurovideo Incorporated while still maintaining a Top 40 format while WLOB-FM went to Dirigo Communications Incorporation and changed call letters to WDCS-FM and flipped to a classical music format.[2]

WJBQ 106.3 history[edit]

WJBQ started as a 3,000 watt Top 40 station at 106.3 FM (Scarborough) and 1440 AM (Westbrook) in the summer of 1974. Its main competition was then Top 40 AM Station WLOB, which was nationally recognized as having some of the highest ratings (on a percentage basis) in the country. In its first Arbitron ratings, WJBQ edged WLOB by about three points which was the beginning of the end for WLOB.

WLOB's demise took a while, probably because it had the backing of legendary consultant Paul Drew protege Ron Foster and others. Meanwhile, WJBQ was staffed by Wally Brine doing mornings (now WROR/Boston), Joe McMillan in middays (who went on to WHDH (now WEEI) and KABL in San Francisco), and Jeff Ryder in the afternoon slot (also the station's program director, who went on to WBBF Rochester, NY and WOKY Milwaukee). By 1977, WLOB had changed formats to an older-targeted Adult Contemporary format.

In September 1980, WJBQ's owner John Bride swapped frequencies and formats with Portland classical station WDCS on 97.9. This would make WJBQ a full-power 50,000 watt facility. The move proved to be profitable for the station. High-profile names like Andy Carey, Brian Phoenix, and Harry Nelson took turns as the station's programming directors, and brought it continued high ratings.

In August 1986, Bride sold WJBQ in order to launch independent UHF TV station WPXT. The new owner was former WJTO/WIGY owner Turner Porter, who launched an ambitious full-service adult contemporary format featuring Joe McMillan in morning drive and NBC Talknet at night and new call letters: WWGT, or "The Great 98". Jack O'Brien was imported from sister station WERZ as program director. This "AM on FM" approach didn't garner the success that was hoped for, and the station changed format again in November 1987. The A/C format was replaced with CHR as "G-98" with Jon Holiday who is now a programming consultant at the helm. Under Holiday's guidance the station achieved big ratings success and remained CHR as G-98 into the early 90's. Later the station changed on air slogans several times (as Ocean, Coast, etc.) with the WCSO calls as an AC for several years before returning to its Top 40 roots for a 3rd time and original WJBQ call letters in 1996 under the ownership of Fuller-Jeffrey Radio who later sold to Citadel Broadcasting. Citadel merged with Cumulus Media on September 16, 2011.[3]

On August 30, 2013, a deal was announced in which Townsquare Media would acquire 53 Cumulus stations, including WJBQ, for $238 million. The deal is part of Cumulus' acquisition of Dial Global; Townsquare and Dial Global are both controlled by Oaktree Capital Management.[4][5] The sale to Townsquare was completed on November 14, 2013.[6]


  1. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1966 (PDF). 1966. p. 66. Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1973 (PDF). 1973. p. 90. Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Cumulus now owns Citadel Broadcasting". Atlanta Business Journal. September 16, 2011. Retrieved September 16, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Official: Cumulus Buys Dial Global, Spins Some Stations To Townsquare; Peak Stations Sold To Townsquare, Fresno Spun To Cumulus". All Access. August 30, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Cumulus Makes Dial Global And Townsquare Deals Official". RadioInsight. August 30, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Cumulus-Townsquare-Peak Deal Closes". All Access. November 15, 2013. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 

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Coordinates: 43°51′07″N 70°19′37″W / 43.852°N 70.327°W / 43.852; -70.327