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WKPQ logo.jpg
City of license Hornell, New York
Broadcast area Hornell area
Branding Kickin' Country 105.3
Frequency 105.3 MHz
First air date 1946 (as WWHG)
Format Country
ERP 43,000 watts
HAAT 162 meters
Class B
Facility ID 5309
Transmitter coordinates 42°17′32.00″N 77°40′27.00″W / 42.2922222°N 77.6741667°W / 42.2922222; -77.6741667
Former callsigns WHHO-FM (1981-1983)
Affiliations ABC Radio , Jones Radio Network
Owner Phoenix Radio, Inc.
(Bill "Wolf" Barry)
Sister stations WHHO

WKPQ (105.3 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a country music format. Licensed to Hornell, New York, USA, the station serves the Elmira-Corning area including the Canisteo valley and northern Pennsylvania. The station is currently owned by Phoenix Radio, Inc., with a swap to WS Media, LLC pending.


Former logo of the station

The station signed on in 1946, three years before its AM sister station (the now defunct WHHO).[1] The station changed call signs to WHHO-FM no later than 1981-03-12. on 1983-06-15, the station changed its call sign to the current WKPQ.[2] It is the only one of the three stations Bilbat Radio has owned that remains on the air; WHHO and WQLE have since lost their licenses. In 2009, Bilbat sold the station to Phoenix Radio, Inc.[1] and features programing from ABC Radio and Jones Radio Network.[3] A sale is pending to WS Media LLC, the current owner of WENY, WENI and WGMM, who will trade the station one-for-one for WCBA and pay off the debts WKPQ incurred during the Bilbat years.

On October 10, 2011 WKPQ changed their format to country, branded as "Kickin' Country 105.3".[4]


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