WJQZ, in Wellsville, NY, went on the air at 5AM February 3, 1986, at a frequency of 93.5FM. It was Allegany County's first commercial FM radio station. The founders and owners of WJQZ were Michael T. Baldwin and G. Robert Weigand (1945-2007), founder of several radio stations in rural Western New York. The station first broadcast with an operating power of 3,000 watts with its transmitter located on Madison Hill Road in Wellsville and its operating studios at 82 Railroad Avenue in Wellsville. Discussion of creating the radio station first began in March 1984, and its construction permit was granted by the FCC on April 15, 1985. The call letters of WJQZ have no particular meaning; the letters were simply available because J, Q and Z happen to be the least-used letters in the English language. The radio station originally presented with an adult contemporary music format. The first song ever heard on WJQZ, with Baldwin at the disc jockey position, was The Carpenters, "We've Only Just Begun." After a great run, the radio station was sold on October 31, 1990, to Erin Communications, Inc. which eventually changed frequency from 93.5 to 103.5 and doubled its power.
The 93.5 frequency in Wellsville is now WQRW, an adult contemporary station that signed on in 2007.