WBCQ (SW)

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WBCQ
WBCQ station logo.png
CityMonticello, Maine
Broadcast areaNorth America, Europe & Asia
Frequency3.265 MHz
6.16 MHz
7.49 MHz
9.33 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), and 9.33 MHz (a full-time lease-out to World's Last Chance.)[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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