WCYQ

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WCYQ
WCYQ Q100.3 logo.jpg
City Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Broadcast area Knoxville Metropolitan Area
Branding Q100.3
Slogan Today's Continuous Country
Frequency 100.3 MHz
First air date 1974 (as WOKI-FM)
Format Country
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 618.2 meters (2,028 ft)
Class C
Facility ID 49923
Transmitter coordinates 36°11′54.00″N 84°13′52.00″W / 36.1983333°N 84.2311111°W / 36.1983333; -84.2311111
Callsign meaning W CountrY Q
Former callsigns WOKI-FM (1974-2005)
WNOX (2005-2013)
Owner E.W. Scripps Company
(Scripps Broadcasting Holdings LLC)
Sister stations WKHT, WNOX, WWST
Webcast Listen Live
Website q100country.com

WCYQ (100.3 FM) is a radio station in the Knoxville, Tennessee, area. The station broadcasts a country music format, which previously aired on 93.1 FM (now WNOX) until 2013.[1]

WCYQ operates a 100,000-watt transmitter that broadcasts signals, located on Cross Mountain[2](elevation 3534 ft.) north of Briceville, Tennessee. Its signal can be received throughout East Tennessee as well as significant parts of southeastern Kentucky, and in small portions of Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia and Georgia.

The former call sign WNOX was also the call letters of a co-owned AM station (now WNML) from the 1930s to 1988, and again from 1997 to 2005. It is no longer in use by the AM station, however.

History[edit]

WCYQ was first licensed in 1974 as WOKI-FM.

Dick Broadcasting acquired WNOX-FM/99.1 in Loudon, which became a simulcast signal for the news/talk programming WIVK. Shortly thereafter, the AM 990 call letters were changed back to WNOX (now WNML). The news/talk format resided on 990 AM & 99.1 FM, jointly called "NewsTalk99 WNOX" until the move to 100.3 FM (formerly WOKI) in 2005. 990 AM and 99.1 FM became WNML/WNML-FM, airing sports talk.

Citadel Broadcasting ended its lease agreement with Oak Ridge FM, Inc. for the 100.3 WNOX frequency two years early and announced that it would be broadcasting the programming of WNOX on both 100.3 WNOX and WOKI 98.7 from July 9, 2010, until August 1, 2010.[3] On July 7, 2010, Oak Ridge FM announced plans for WNOX to stay news/talk, but with different hosts.[4] Ed Brantley, the former general manager of the Knoxville Citadel radio group and a longtime WIVK-FM DJ, was hired as general manager of 100.3 FM, and John Pirkle of Oak Ridge FM said he would be an on-air personality.[3]

On July 19, 2010, WNOX moved its former programming to 98.7 WOKI, with 100.3 FM airing nothing but reminders that former WNOX listeners should turn to 98.7 because this was the new frequency.[5] On August 1, 2010 the station's owner, Oak Ridge FM, Inc. regained programming control of the station and resumed broadcasting a news-talk format.

On May 3, 2013, the sale of the station to Journal Broadcast Group[6] closed and upon taking possession, WNOX began stunting towards a new format to be launched on May 9, 2013. The talk programming moved to WKVL 850 AM Knoxville, Tennessee. [7] The country format of WCYQ is expected to move to 100.3 permanently after simulcasting for two weeks and a new undetermined format will launch on 93.1.[8]

On May 9, 2013, WNOX changed their call letters to WCYQ, swapping calls with WCYQ 93.1 FM Karns, Tennessee, which took the WNOX calls.

Journal Communications and The E.W. Scripps Company announced on July 30, 2014 that the two companies would merge to create a new broadcast company under the E.W. Scripps Company name that will own the two companies' broadcast properties, including WCYQ. The transaction is slated to be completed in 2015, pending shareholder and regulatory approvals.[9]

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