|City of license||WOKQ: Dover, New Hampshire
WPKQ: North Conway, New Hampshire
|Broadcast area||Northern New England
North Of Boston
|Branding||The Big 97-5 WOKQ|
|Slogan||New England's Best Country|
|Frequency||WOKQ: 97.5 MHz
WPKQ: 103.7 MHz
|Translator(s)||97.9 W250AB (Manchester, relays WOKQ)|
|First air date||WOKQ: August 1970 (as WDNH)
WPKQ: March 1952 (as WMOU-FM)
|ERP||WOKQ: 50,000 watts
WPKQ: 21,500 watts
|HAAT||WOKQ: 150 meters
WPKQ: 1181 meters
|Facility ID||WOKQ: 22887
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WOKQ is an FM radio station broadcasting on 97.5 MHz. and airs a country music format.
The transmitter is located in Barrington, New Hampshire with the station's city of license being Dover, New Hampshire. The studios are located in Dover. WOKQ also operates a simulcast on WPKQ 103.7 (with separate commercials), with the transmitter located atop Mount Washington and licensed to North Conway, New Hampshire, and W250AB on 97.9, a translator in Manchester. It brands itself as "The Big 97.5". Due to its Emergency Alert System responsibilities, WOKQ is staffed at all times.
Its broadcasts can be heard as far south as Cape Cod on clear days. The protected range of its signal reaches five states and two countries.
WOKQ was put on the air in August 1970 by Eastminster Broadcasting Company under the call letters WDNH. Its country format was in place by 1972. Eastminster sold WDNH to Fuller-Jeffrey Broadcasting in 1977, at which point it became WOKQ. Fuller-Jeffrey was sold to Citadel Broadcasting in 1999. Citadel merged with Cumulus Media on September 16, 2011.
On August 30, 2013, a deal was announced in which Townsquare Media would acquire 53 Cumulus stations, including WOKQ and WPKQ, for $238 million. The deal is part of Cumulus' acquisition of Dial Global; Townsquare and Dial Global are both controlled by Oaktree Capital Management. The sale to Townsquare was completed on November 14, 2013.
The 103.7 frequency now occupied by WPKQ began in March 1952 as WMOU-FM, the FM sister station to WMOU (1230) in Berlin. The stations became WKCB and WKCQ in 1957, but returned to their original callsigns two years later. WMOU-FM separated from the simulcast of WMOU in 1972 and became WXLQ-FM, airing a rock and oldies format. This evolved to a mix of top 40 and oldies in 1975. The station reverted to the WMOU simulcast in 1977 (but retained the WXLQ call letters). A construction permit for a new 103.7, using WXLQ's former transmitter, was granted on August 8, 1983 to New England Broadcasting, Inc. (formed by Steve Powell, the son of previous WMOU owner Bob Powell) and revived the WMOU call letters (without the "-FM" suffix), with a license to cover issued on March 15, 1984. The station moved its transmitter to Mount Washington in 1990 and became WZPK’’’ and was known as “New England’s Superstation” with a Class C flamethrower signal that reached from Boston to Montreal. At one time a hot AC station (branded as "Peak FM"), 103.7 adopted its present callsign and format upon its sale to Fuller-Jeffrey in 1996. The city of license was changed to North Conway in 1999.
|City of license||ERP
|W250AB||97.9||Manchester, New Hampshire||250||FCC|
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- WOKQ website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WOKQ
- Radio-Locator information on WOKQ
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WOKQ
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WPKQ
- Radio-Locator information on WPKQ
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WPKQ