|Broadcast area||Altoona, Pennsylvania
|Slogan||THE Classic Rock Station
We Rock Central PA
|Repeater(s)||94.3 WBXQ-FM1 (Altoona)|
|First air date||1991 (as WBRX)|
|HAAT||167 meters (548 ft)|
|Former callsigns||WKBE (1988–1989, CP)
WHUM-FM (6/1989–12/1989, CP)
|Former frequencies||94.7 MHz (now WBRX)|
|Owner||Sounds Good, Inc.
(Sounds Good, Inc.)
|Sister stations||WBRX, WRTA, WKMC|
WBXQ (94.3 FM, "Q94") is a radio station broadcasting a classic rock format. Licensed to the suburb of Patton, Pennsylvania, it serves the Altoona, Pennsylvania metropolitan area. It first began broadcasting in 1988 under the call sign WKBE. The station is currently owned by Sherlock Broadcasting. At one time, Q94 at 94.3 was Altoona's top 40 radio outlet.
The station was first assigned the call sign "WKBE" on October 31, 1988. On June 16, 1989, the call sign was changed to WHUM-FM and then changed again to WBRX on December 15, 1989. For many years, WBRX simulcasted WBXQ, which was still on 94.7 FM.
WBXQ first signed on the air in November 1981 as "WRKE" on 94.7 FM, founded by legendary Pittsburgh broadcaster Ed Sherlock and his business partner Neil Hart, who formed Sherlock-Hart Broadcasting the year before. The station's licensee, however, was listed as Sounds Good, Inc. In addition to owning WBXQ, both men owned WAMQ (now WWGE) in Loretto, which programmed a format of contemporary country music.
In 1990, Sherlock and Hart dissolved their partnership, with Hart leaving to pursue other interests. WAMQ, which was falling into some financial difficulty, was sold to WBXQ Operations Manager Tom Stevens for $55,000 in July 1992. Sherlock retained possession of WBXQ.
According to 100000watts.com, WBRX 94.3 and WBXQ 94.7 swapped calls, retaining their classic rock simulcast, on April 27, 2007. Fybush.com reports the call swap was apparently filed in error, as it disappeared the next day (the 28th) from the FCC database. On June 28, 2007, the WBRX and WBXQ call signs were officially swapped on 94.3 and 94.7 FM.
On October 22, 2007 WBRX split from the Q94 classic rock simulcast and switched to an adult contemporary format branded as "Mix 94.7".
On April 15, 2009 WBXQ changed their format to country, branded as "True Country 94.3".
The station yearly changed their format to Christmas music under the name True Christmas 94.3 during late November to Late December. After the switch to Q94, it was announced that Christmas music would be played on WBXQ sister station WBRX Mix 94.7, starting in 2015.
- http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/call_hist.pl?Facility_id=33971&Callsign=WBXQ FCC FM Call sign history
- http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/fmq?call=WBXQ FCC FM query results
- "A Central Pennsylvania format flip from Rock to Country for WBXQ (94.3)". Radio-Info.com. April 16, 2009.
- Q94 And Classic Rock Return to Altoona