WNRQ

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WNRQ
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
Format Classic rock
ERP 98,000 watts
HAAT 376 meters
Class C
Facility ID 34392
Callsign meaning Nashville's RoQ (pronounced as "Rock")
Former callsigns WLAC (sign on –1978)
WKQB (1978–1981)
WJYN (1981–1983)
WLAC–FM (1983–1998)
Owner Clear Channel Communications
Sister stations WLAC, WRVW, WSIX, WUBT
Webcast Listen Live
Website 1059therock.com

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.

History/ownership[edit]

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.

Current format[edit]

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[edit]

"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
"Riley"
"Joe Elvis" – afternoons: was the last live show on the station; let go in August 2013 for automation
"Tyler"

HD Radio[edit]

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.

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Coordinates: 36°02′10″N 86°50′56″W / 36.036°N 86.849°W / 36.036; -86.849