|City of license||Oil City, Pennsylvania|
|Branding||1120 ESPN Radio|
|First air date||December 1987|
|Power||1,000 watts (daytime only)|
|Owner||Clarion County Broadcasting Corporation|
WKQW (1120 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a sports talk format. It previously had an oldies format until July 13, 2012 and before that, a classic country format until August 15 of 2008. Licensed to Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA, the station is currently owned by Clarion County Broadcasting Corporation. WKQW remains Venango County's only locally operated, programmed, and managed full-service radio station.
WKQW was founded in 1982 by local broadcaster and engineer Stephen M. Olszowka, but would not go on the air until December 1987. For most of its early years, WKQW operated out of an office at 234 Elm Street in Oil City. The station moved to its present location in 1993 when WKQW-FM went on the air.
Olszowka died suddenly on February 14, 2004 at age 54 and ownership of the station passed to his mother Helen Gesing Olszowka. She sold the station less than a year later to William Hearst's Clarion County Broadcasting for $540,000.
Hearst is also the owner of WWCH and WCCR, both of which are also licensed to Clarion County Broadcasting. Though controlled from its Clarion County base, WKQW is still a very separate operation, maintaining its studio and office presence and its own independent staff at its longtime location: 222 Seneca Street in downtown Oil City.
- "Hearst hears Clarion call". Radio Business Report. Retrieved 2008-02-24.
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WKQW
- Radio-Locator Information on WKQW
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WKQW
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