|City of license||Warwick, New York|
|Broadcast area||Orange County and Northern New Jersey, including Sussex and Passaic Counties|
|Slogan||"Radio Worth Listening To"; "The Best Music"|
|Translator(s)||93.5 W228CG (Warwick)|
|First air date||July 27, 1969|
|Power||500 watts daytime|
|Callsign meaning||See "Station History" section|
|Owner||Frank R. Truatt
(FST Broadcasting Corporation)
WTBQ is an independently owned radio station broadcasting from Warwick, New York. The last locally-owned radio station left in Orange County, New York (and one of the few in the entire Hudson Valley), WTBQ broadcasts on 1110 AM and 93.5 FM, throughout Orange County and Northern New Jersey. Notable alumni include Jimmy Howes and Jimmy Sturr.
Local media figure Ed Klein brought WTBQ to air July 27, 1969 with studios originally located in the village of Warwick. The call sign letters come from Klein's young daughter's affection for her teddy bear. Originally, WTBQ had a "Beautiful Music" format (dubbed "The Casual Q"), in contrast to Top 40 music, which Klein hated. WTBQ also had a strong emphasis on news, both local and national (the station was a Mutual Broadcasting System affiliate in the 1970s before later switching to ABC).
In 1982, WTBQ was purchased by Jimmy Sturr, who in 1984 moved the studios to the "Professional Building" located at 62 North Main Street in nearby Florida, New York. After another change in ownership (George Dacre's "Goodtime Broadcasting"), the station went silent in late 1992, but returned to the air under the station's current owner Frank "Smokin'" Truatt on July 1, 1994.
On November 30, 2007, WTBQ moved its studios from the Village of Florida, New York to 87 Ronald Reagan Boulevard in the Town of Warwick, NY. On February 7, 2008, WTBQ held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at their new studios, attended by the local news media, as well as many government officials and station personnel.
Ed Klein died on October 18, 2008, at the age of 86. Klein had long wanted Dixieland jazz music to be played at his funeral; WTBQ obliged by airing a program of New Orleans jazz selections during the service, with attendees tuning in on their car radios. At 11:10 AM on July 27, 2009, WTBQ celebrated its 40th anniversary with a special ceremony at the station's broadcasting tower where a plaque was placed at the antenna site, honoring Ed Klein for having signed on the station forty years prior.
In June 2012, WTBQ moved again, this time to 179 Sanfordville Road, approximately two miles south of the Village of Warwick. Located in an older barn-shaped building next to a greenhouse (dubbed "The Old Barn"), the new studios were finished soon after, and WTBQ held another "grand opening" on September 28, 2012. A month later, Hurricane Sandy knocked out power to the area on October 29, 2012; WTBQ was off the air for nearly a week until power was finally restored on November 4, marking it as the longest time period the station had been off the air since the silent eighteen months of 1992-94.
On July 1, 2014, local officials (including State Senator William Larkin and Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus) honored Frank Truatt's 20 years of independent ownership in giving back to the community.
At 1:30 pm on January 28, 2011, WTBQ switched its FM frequency to 93.5 MHz, after just more than three years at 99.1 MHz. The new translator, W228CG, broadcasts at 500 watts. A considerable upgrade from the previous 19 watts, the coverage area is about 50% larger than on 99.1.
WTBQ became the first station in the Hudson Valley to carry its programs on the internet in 1999; it was also the first area radio station with a website, back in 1995.
WTBQ was also one of the first American AM stations to use an FM translator when it began airing on W256BD on January 25, 2008. The arrangement, made possible by a Special Temporary Authority from the Federal Communications Commission and Digital Radio Broadcasting, allowed WTBQ to broadcast its programs 24 hours a day via an FM antenna located on WTBQ's AM broadcast tower. (The new translator also broadcasts from WTBQ's tower, located in the Town of Warwick.
- WTBQ website
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WTBQ
- Radio-Locator Information on WTBQ
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WTBQ
- Query the FCC's FM station database for W228CG
- Radio-Locator information on W228CG