|City||Dover, New Hampshire|
York County, Maine
North Of Boston
|Branding||The Big 97-5 WOKQ|
|Slogan||New England's Best Country|
|Translator(s)||97.9 W250AB (Manchester)|
|First air date||August 1970(as WDNH)|
|Former callsigns||WDNH (1970–1977)|
|Owner||Townsquare Media |
(Townsquare Media Portsmouth License, LLC)
WOKQ is an FM radio station broadcasting on 97.5 MHz. and airs a country music format for the Manchester, Dover-Rochester-Portsmouth, and Concord/Lakes Region, New Hampshire markets, along with the northern parts of the Boston market (Northeastern Massachusetts) and York County, Maine (which includes parts of the Portsmouth market).
The transmitter is located in Barrington, New Hampshire with the station's city of license being Dover, New Hampshire. The studios are located in Dover. WOKQ also operates a simulcast on W250AB on 97.9, a translator in Manchester. It brands itself as "The Big 97.5".
WOKQ is owned by Townsquare Media, which also operates a classic hits-format simulcast on WSAK 102.1 and WSHK 105.3 out of the same studio facility. Its broadcast signal can reach Cape Cod on clear days.
WOKQ was put on the air in August 1970 by Eastminster Broadcasting Company under the call letters WDNH. Its country format was in place by 1972. Eastminster sold WDNH to Fuller-Jeffrey Broadcasting in 1977, at which point it became WOKQ. Fuller-Jeffrey was sold to Citadel Broadcasting in 1999. Citadel merged with Cumulus Media on September 16, 2011.
On August 30, 2013, a deal was announced in which Townsquare Media would acquire 53 Cumulus stations, including WOKQ and WPKQ, for $238 million. The deal was part of Cumulus' acquisition of Dial Global; Townsquare and Dial Global are both controlled by Oaktree Capital Management. The sale to Townsquare was completed on November 14, 2013.
WOKQ also broadcasts on the following translator:
|City of license||ERP
|Class||Transmitter coordinates||FCC info|
|W250AB||97.9||Manchester, New Hampshire||250||34 m (112 ft)||D||FCC|
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