WQMU

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WQMU
U92.5 FM LOGO
City of license

Indiana, Pennsylvania

branding = "U-92"
Slogan "Today's Best Music"
Frequency 92.5(mHz)
First air date August 14, 1968
Format

Adult Contemporary

ERP = 3,000 watts
Class A
Owner St. Pier Group, LLC (Renda Broadcasting Corporation)
Website www.u92radio.com

WQMU is an Adult Contemporary radio station broadcast on 92.5FM, which serves Cambria County, Indiana County, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, and a portion of Allegheny County. This radio station is the flagship station of Indiana County. The station is owned by Renda Broadcasting.

History[edit]

WQMU signed on in August 1968 at 103.1 mHz. From the day of its first sign-on until January 1990, WQMU was mostly automated, with formats varying from Beautiful Music to Album Rock, with music delivered on 10-inch reel-to-reel tape. The WQMU call letters alluded to its position statement promising Quality MUsic'. The station did however, air a live morning show program for many of its years, hosted by Mike Cavanagh, who was with the station since its sign-on in 1968 until 2007.

In January 1990, WQMU began a relationship with the Transtar Radio Network (now Westwood One), first affiliating with the network's "Niche 29" format of Classic Rock and Top 40. The network later changed the name of the format to "Adult Rock 'n Roll", and the Transtar affiliation was later dropped in favor of another affiliation agreement with the Jones Satellite Network in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The station moved to 92.5 after then owner RMS Media petitioned the FCC for an FM license north of Indiana at 103.3 FM in Brookville. In order for the new station to go on the air, WQMU would have to move its frequency, which took place in 1997.

WQMU was then marketed as "The Planet" and continue to play Adult Rock 'n Roll until 2000. That year, U-92 was born with a U2 tour tie in. Many changes were taking place in the business and airstaff positions, the biggest coming in 2004.

Renda Broadcasting had already acquired rival stations WCCS & WLCY with plans of relocating them to a renovated building at 840 Philadelphia St., in downtown Indiana, PA. In 2004 RMS Media Management finalized the sale of both WQMU and WDAD to Renda.

In need of additional studio space to accommodate four radio stations (WDAD, WCCS, WLCY, WQMU), Renda Broadcasting acquired the former Gatti Pharmacy building at the corner of 9th and Philadelphia Streets in downtown Indiana, where the four stations and its business operations occupy the first and second floors. It is said by some broadcast engineers to be one of the most state-of-the-art radio facilities in the country, small or large market. However, this is in dispute with some.

WQMU is now marketed as U92.5, using a new logo designed to tie in closely with the changing mascot of IUP. The new location has 3 studios with ground level windows looking into the busy intersection at 9th and Philadelphia Streets. WQMU is slightly tucked into the building down 9th, but the studio is still visible from the sidewalk.[1]

Sports[edit]

Since 2006, WQMU has been the voice of IUP Crimson Hawk Sports with Sports Director Jack Benedict. Starting in 2007, WQMU became the home for Pittsburgh Penguins hockey. U92.5 FM is also the local affiliate station for the Pittsburgh Steelers Football Network.

Local Sports[edit]

High School Sportsnight is a feature on WQMU, which showcases high school football and basketball games in PIAA District VI Heritage Conference. High School Sportsnight is sponsored by the Indiana Regional Medical Center.

One hour before kickoff of all football games is the Colonial Tailgate Show, which is simulcast on all four Renda Broadcasting radio stations. Michael Bertig hosts the show. Broadcasters Jack Benedict, Bill Otto, Todd Marino, Mark Hilliard, Ward Hilliard, Mark Bertig, and Chuck Clark serve as panelists live from their broadcast sites.

Programming[edit]

Some of U92.5's Programming Includes:

  • The Awesome 80's Hour (Lunch Hour)
  • Morning News Updates
  • Weather forecasts throughout the day

Station Personnel[edit]

On-Air Personnel[edit]

  • Josh Widdowson - Weekday morning news updates
  • Jack Benedict - IUP sports play-by-play
  • John Flickinger - IUP football color analyst
  • Todd Marino - High school sports play-by-play

Off-Air Management[edit]

  • Mark Bertig - Vice President and General Manager
  • Jason Hill - General Sales Manager
  • Jim DeCesare - Program Director
  • Lori Balest - Business Manager
  • Travis Williams - Traffic Director
  • Todd Marino - Production Director
  • Keith Reiter - Assistant Traffic Director

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jim DeCesare, Renda Operations Director

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°38′17″N 79°08′46″W / 40.638°N 79.146°W / 40.638; -79.146