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City Rochester, New York
Frequency 90.9 MHz
Format Alternative
ERP 19 watts
HAAT 35.0 meters
Class D
Facility ID 71611
Transmitter coordinates 43°12′59.00″N 77°35′51.00″W / 43.2163889°N 77.5975000°W / 43.2163889; -77.5975000
Callsign meaning West Irondequiot Radio Quality
Owner West Irondequoit Central School District
Website About WIRQ

WIRQ (90.9 FM) is a non-profit radio station broadcasting an Alternative genre. The station is licensed to Rochester, New York, USA, and is owned by West Irondequoit Central School District.[1]

WIRQ began broadcasting on January 7,1960. Originally at 90.9 MHz, the station moved to 93.3 MHz in 1981, then in the early 1990s moved to 94.3 MHz for several years before moving again to 104.7 MHz. In mid February 2011 the station moved frequency yet again, back to its original 90.9 MHz.

March 1983 marked the beginnings of the station's Alternative format. Before then, the station had been mostly block-programmed.

Broadcasting Times[edit]

WIRQ broadcasts their Alternative format during school hours following the Irondequoit High School Morning Show (8:15AM to 3:00PM, Monday to Friday). After 3:00PM, the station plays music on an automated program which also runs on the weekends and during school breaks, giving WIRQ listeners 365 days of listening pleasure.

Station Leadership[edit]

WIRQ is overseen by the student Executive Board under the guidance of faculty advisor, Mr. Pete Nowak. The 2016-2017 executive board members are:

  • Station Manager: Alyssa Memmott
  • Co-Station Manager: Jacob Wren
  • Music Director: Emma Riester
  • Business Director: Hannah Farrell
  • Public Relations Director: Mercedes Lopez

Specialty Shows[edit]

Prior to December 2011, WIRQ DJs hosted specialty shows from 4:00PM to 6:00PM, but those have now been moved to the regular broadcasting hours between 8:00AM and 3:00PM. These shows play music from a certain genre or time period and each DJ has the opportunity to do one specialty show a week in addition to their regularly scheduled radio show.


  1. ^ "WIRQ Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 

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