|City of license||Nashville, Tennessee|
|Broadcast area||Nashville, Tennessee|
|Branding||105.9 The Rock|
|Slogan||Nashville's Classic Rock Station|
|Frequency||105.9 MHz (also on HD Radio)
105.9 HD2 for WLAC simulcast
formerly Vinyl Vineyard
|Callsign meaning||Nashville's RoQ (pronounced as "Rock")|
|Former callsigns||WLAC (sign on –1978)
|Owner||Clear Channel Communications|
|Sister stations||WLAC, WRVW, WSIX, WUBT|
WNRQ is an FM radio station in Nashville, Tennessee, broadcasting on a frequency of 105.9 MHz. It serves counties in northern middle Tennessee and southern central Kentucky. The station's studios are located in Nashville's Music Row district and the transmitter site is in Brentwood, Tennessee.
WNRQ has previously been adult contemporary "Star 106" WLAC-FM and WJYN, the latter reflecting a former easy listening format, "The Joy of Nashville". It has always been the partner station of the historical WLAC, through numerous ownership changes (presently held by Clear Channel Communications).
In 1998, Dick Broadcasting, owner of WGFX, and SFX Broadcasting, the then-owner of WLAC-FM, agreed to trade the intellectual property of the stations. The trade, to have taken place February 2, 1998, would have moved WLAC-FM to 104.5 FM, and moved WGFX's classic rock format to 105.9 under SFX ownership. However, when the agreement fell apart, SFX decided to go ahead with launching a classic rock format anyway, and flipped WLAC-FM to WNRQ that month.
The current format features a mixture of fairly hard classic rock deemed to be primarily male-oriented; most of the station's playlist first hit middle Tennessee airwaves on the now-country-formatted WKDF during the 1970s and 1980s. It is also Nashville's broadcaster of the syndicated John Boy and Billy morning show, heard on numerous Southern stations with the same format as WNRQ. As of March 2014, the station also carries Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx.
Former disc jockeys
"Moose" – currently programs WCJK-FM, or "96.3 Jack FM," Murfreesboro/Nashville.
"Proud Mary" – worked before at sister station WRVW, status now unknown
"Big Rig" – worked nights, was at WFBQ, now at WXTB
"Squeegie" – now at WBUZ-FM
"Joe Elvis" – afternoons: was the last live show on the station; let go in August 2013 for automation
WNRQ also broadcasts two HD Radio stations: WNRQ-HD1 and WNRQ-HD2. HD1 is a simulcast of the analog station, while HD2 was a Clear Channel Communications-provided channel called "Vinyl Vineyard", but due to technical difficulties, the simulcast of sister station 1510 WLAC has moved to the HD2 signal, replacing "Vinyl Vineyard". HD3 is now silent.
- WNRQ official site
- WNRQ HD information
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WNRQ
- Radio-Locator information on WNRQ
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WNRQ