WBCQ (SW)

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WBCQ
WBCQ station logo.png
Broadcast areaNorth America, Europe & Asia
Frequency3.265 MHz
5.130 MHz
6.160 MHz
7.490 MHz
9.330 MHz
BrandingWBCQ, The Planet
Programming
FormatVariety
Ownership
OwnerAllan Weiner
History
First air date
September 8, 1998[1]
Call sign meaning
Weiner Broadcasting Company Q
Technical information
Power500,000 watts
Transmitter coordinates
46°20′28″N 67°48′53″W / 46.34111°N 67.81472°W / 46.34111; -67.81472Coordinates: 46°20′28″N 67°48′53″W / 46.34111°N 67.81472°W / 46.34111; -67.81472
Links
Websitewbcq.com

WBCQ is a shortwave radio station operating at Monticello, Maine, United States. The station is owned and operated by Allan Weiner,[1][2] who also owns and operates WXME AM 780 kHz and WBCQ-FM 94.7 MHz at the shortwave site. WBCQ began operation on September 8, 1998, on 7.415 MHz.[1] The station transmits talk shows and other programs produced by commercial networks as well as former pirate radio broadcasters, including Weiner himself.[1][3]

Rotatable antenna and 500kW transmitter[edit]

In 2018, WBCQ applied for a transmitter license associated with a rotatable antenna, later revealed to be a 500 kW transmitter for an Ampegon rotatable curtain antenna on a single mast.[4]

Acquisition of World Harvest Radio International[edit]

In August 2020, it was reported that pending FCC approval, Weiner planned to purchase World Harvest Radio International, the shortwave arm of the Family Broadcasting Corporation.[5]

Frequencies[edit]

As of 2020, WBCQ broadcasts on 7.49 MHz (41m band) with a full 24-hour schedule, including original programming in the late-afternoon and evening hours (Eastern time zone); the remaining time is leased to R.G. Stair's Overcomer Ministry. WBCQ also broadcasts on 3.265 MHz (mostly dormant), 6.16 MHz (a secondary frequency that operates evenings), 5.13 MHz ("Radio Angela," a two-hour evening service with eclectic music and spoken word entertainment), and 9.33 MHz (a full-time lease-out to World's Last Chance, a flat-Earth evangelistic society.)[6]

Notable shows[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Brown, Dan. "WBCQ. The Planet.", Monitoring Times. Vol. 27, No. 9. September 2008. p. 10-13. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
  2. ^ Ciment, James (2015). Social Issues in America: An Encyclopedia: An Encyclopedia. Routledge. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
  3. ^ Berg, Jerome S. (2008). Broadcasting on the Short Waves, 1945 to Today. McFarland & Company. pp. 24, 371, 383. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
  4. ^ WBCQ reveals organization behind their new 500 kW transmitter, The SWLing Post, 2018-05-15, accessed 2020-02-18
  5. ^ Radio Insight: "Station Sales Week Of 8/14", August 14, 2020.
  6. ^ Video: WBCQ/World’s Last Chance Radio – Technical Notes, The SWLing Post, 2021-04-18, accessed 2021-09-14

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