CFRQ-FM

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CFRQ-FM
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CityHalifax, Nova Scotia
Broadcast areaHalifax metropolitan area
BrandingQ104
SloganThe Home of Rock n Roll
Frequency104.3 MHz (FM)
First air dateNovember 28, 1983
FormatActive rock
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT185.1 meters (607 ft)
Callsign meaningSea-Freak
OwnerNewcap Radio
Sister stationsCKUL-FM
WebcastListen live
Websitewww.q104.ca

CFRQ-FM is a Canadian radio station broadcasting at 104.3 FM in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It is owned by Newcap Radio and airs an active rock radio format. CFRQ uses the on-air brand name Q104, The Home of Rock n Roll ("The Mighty Q" or "The Q" for short). Q104's audience is often referred to as the "Q-Nation." CFRQ's studios are located on Kempt Road in Halifax, while its transmitter is located on Washmill Lake Drive in Clayton Park.

CFRQ-FM primarily competes with 105.1 CKHY-FM.

Programming[edit]

The station's current on-air lineup includes "BJ and The Q Morning Crew" featuring BJ Wilson, Bobby Mac and Allie MacKinnon. Anna Zee, the four-time winner of the National Music Director of The Year (medium market) award, is heard in mid-days. Afternoon drive time features Tom Bedell (who is also host of The After School Special, the 5 O'Clock Traffic Jam, and the award-winning local music program Route 104). Evenings are hosted by Adam Marriott on The Rock of the Atlantic which celebrates the Maritimes lifestyle. It broadcasts live to affiliate stations CJMO-FM Moncton, New Brunswick, CHNI-FM Saint John, New Brunswick and CIJK-FM New Minas. Neil Spence hosts weekends and the Sunday Flashbacks.

History[edit]

CFRQ was launched on November 28, 1983, by President C.A. (Arnie) Patterson of Patterson Broadcasters (also operators of CFDR at the time), Senior Vice-President/National Sales Director W.L. (Bill) Patterson and Vice-President/Chief Engineer Jack Hutchison. The station's original slogan was "The Rock of the Atlantic." The first song played on Q104 was "Rock and Roll" by Led Zeppelin.

Original station logo

The station's original line-up consisted of the "Morning Zoo" with Brother Jake Edwards, Hal Harbour (Doug Barron), and "Billy-Bob" (Bill Phillips), mid-days with "The Legend" Bob Powers, afternoon drive with Andy K., six-o'clock rock report with "Rockin'" Ray Plourde, as well as the Midnight Metal Show and weekend afternoons with Jessica Taylor who also created and did the voice of Bambi Fawn from the morning shows sponsored "Between the Sheets". Other original on-air personalities included Jim Armstrong (formerly of CFQM-FM Moncton and later CJMO-FM), Brenda Oland ("Ms. Information"), Doug Caldwell, Andrew Gillis ("Les Ismore"), Sylvie Schmid ("Jane Fondle") and Andrew Boyle (sports).

Q104's evening program "The Rock of The Atlantic" (taking its name from the station's original 1983 slogan), airing weekdays from 7pm to midnight EST, was launched in August of 2016.

Q104 was a sponsor of the 2009 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in neighboring Dartmouth. Q104 has also sponsored the 2011 Canada Winter Games, The 2015 Ford World Men's Curling Championship and other high-profile sporting events and teams including the QMJHL's Halifax Mooseheads and NBL's Halifax Hurricanes.

Community & Charity[edit]

Q104's charitable fund, the Q104 Children's Trust Fund was established in 1993 and supports local children and their families who are in need of financial aid due to medical circumstances. Annual charitable initiatives include "The Q104 Hunger Strike" assisting Feed Nova Scotia each Thanksgiving and the Q104 Toy Drive in support of the Parker Street Food and Furniture Bank.

Awards[edit]

Canadian Music Awards "Station of the Year" medium market 2010. East Coast Music Award "Station of The Year" 2008 and 2009. 2003 New York Festivals-World Gold Medal Winner "Best Music Special" "Q104 Top Ten Weekend"

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 44°38′47″N 63°39′37″W / 44.64639°N 63.66028°W / 44.64639; -63.66028