WJQK

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WJQK
WJQK logo.png
City Zeeland, Michigan
Broadcast area Grand Rapids, Michigan
Branding 99-3 JQK
Slogan GR's Positive Hits And Hip Hop
Frequency 99.3 MHz
First air date 1971
Format Christian CHR
ERP 4,700 watts
HAAT 113 meters
Class A
Facility ID 4364
Former callsigns WZND-FM (?-1/5/87)
Owner Lanser Broadcasting
Webcast Listen Live
Website jq99.com

WJQK is a contemporary Christian music radio station in Zeeland, Michigan on a frequency of 99.3 MHz. It is heard as far east as Lowell, Michigan, as far north as Grant, Michigan, and as far south as Kalamazoo, Michigan

Originally a country music station, its original call letters were WZND (which referred to city of license Zeeland, Michigan), until Lanser Broadcasting purchased the station and changed them to WJQK in January 1987. The studios were moved into the same Holland, Michigan building as sister station WWJQ-AM (now WPNW) but the transmitting tower remained in Zeeland along Interstate 196 near the 96th Avenue overpass until the early 1990s when it was moved three miles east to where 72nd Avenue would cross the highway.

During the 1980s and 1990s, the station (and its AM sister) promoted themselves as WJQ.

JQ99[edit]

In 1997, the logo and nickname were changed to reflect the new moniker "JQ 99". A New Christian Hot AC/CHR format was introduced as well.

2005 saw the tagline of "Today's Best Christian Music" replaced by "Positive Hits" as well as the move of the business office and studio from Holland to Zeeland.

Relaunch as JQ99.3[edit]

At midnight on April 8, 2013, JQ99 relaunched as JQ99.3 after a full hour of stunting with old JQ99 jingles and liners. After that, the station started the launch by airing a 2.5 minute liner all about the old station, and telling listeners about the new rebrand, after which the new Toth was fired up, and the first song, Let My Words Be Few by Phillips, Craig and Dean. The last song played under the JQ brand was Blessed by Rachael Lampa. The new rebrand now plays music from 2000–present.

The new slogan is Energetic Positive Music, replacing Connected and growing from their previous JQ99 name. On May 1, 2013 the slogan was changed from Energetic Positive Music to Your Faith, Your Music.

JQ99.3 was a reporter to Mediabase 24/7's Christian Adult Contemporary panel, until Auggest 15, 2016.

99-3 JQK[edit]

At Midnight on Auggest 15, 2016 WJQK changed to Christian CHR as 99-3 JQK, GR's Positive Hits And Hip Hop, With the first song being Britt Nicole's Ready Or Not Featuring Lecrae. This is JQ's second attemped at Chrystian CHR, and the second time using Saint John as the imaging voice though he would be replaced with Josh Ashton and a new feemail voice by January 2017. The station also uses the B96 jingle package produced by Reelworld.

Other stations[edit]

Lanser Broadcasting also owns WPNW. 99-3 JQK is a sponsor of the annual Unity Christian Music Festival.

The station operated a satellite studio, known as JQ2, in Holland's Westshore Mall until 2008.

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Coordinates: 42°48′58″N 85°57′25″W / 42.816°N 85.957°W / 42.816; -85.957