WPKQ

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WPKQ
City North Conway, New Hampshire
Broadcast area Northern New England
Estrie
Branding 103.7 The Peak
Frequency 103.7 MHz
First air date March 1952 (as WMOU-FM)
Format Country
ERP 21,500 watts
HAAT 1159 meters
Class C
Facility ID 48401
Transmitter coordinates 44°16′13″N 71°18′17″W / 44.27028°N 71.30472°W / 44.27028; -71.30472 (WPKQ)
Callsign meaning W PeaK Q
Former callsigns WMOU-FM (1952-1957)
WKCQ (1957-1959)
WMOU-FM (1959-1972)
WXLQ-FM (1972-1979)
WMOU (1983-1990)
WZPK (1990-1996)
Owner Townsquare Media
(Townsquare Media Portsmouth License, LLC)
Website 1037thepeak.com

WPKQ (103.7 FM, "The Peak") is a country music radio station licensed to North Conway, New Hampshire and is owned by Townsquare Media. It transmits from atop Mount Washington in New Hampshire, the tallest peak in the Northeast. WPKQ's city-grade signal covers portions of New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, and Quebec.

History[edit]

The 103.7 frequency now occupied by WPKQ began in March 1952 as WMOU-FM, the FM sister station to WMOU (1230) in Berlin.[1] The stations became WKCB and WKCQ in 1957,[2] but returned to their original callsigns two years later.[3] WMOU-FM separated from the simulcast of WMOU in 1972 and became WXLQ-FM, airing a rock and oldies format. This evolved to a mix of top 40 and oldies in 1975.[4] The station reverted to the WMOU simulcast in 1977 (but retained the WXLQ call letters). A construction permit for a new 103.7, using WXLQ's former transmitter, was granted on August 8, 1983[5] to New England Broadcasting, Inc. (formed by Steve Powell, the son of previous WMOU owner Bob Powell) and revived the WMOU call letters (without the "-FM" suffix),[6] with a license to cover issued on March 15, 1984.[7]

In 1990, the station moved its transmitter to Mount Washington in 1990, changed its format to an innovative hot AC format and officially became "WZPK 1-0-3-7 Peak-FM". Branding themselves as "The Peak of New England" with a Class C flamethrower signal that reached from Boston to Montreal. The station debuted by originally simply asking on-air to its audience what they wanted on air by airing the message "We are building YOUR Superstation. Please tell us what you would like to hear" and supplied a 1-800 number for listeners to contact the station. The station was really refreshing to Sherbrooke Québec's audience just north of the border who were then losing their own English top 40 local radio station CKTS AM 900 when WZPK made its startup.

In 1996 103.7 adopted its present callsign and format upon its sale to Fuller-Jeffrey in 1996.[8][9] The city of license was changed to North Conway in 1999.[10]

On July 6, 2015 WPKQ split from its simulcast with WOKQ 97.5 FM Dover, NH and rebranded as "103.7 The Peak".[11]

During football season, WPKQ broadcasts New England Patriots games.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1953 (PDF). 1953. p. 187. Retrieved February 18, 2010. 
  2. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1958 (PDF). 1958. p. A-320. Retrieved February 18, 2010. 
  3. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1960 (PDF). 1960. p. A-185. Retrieved February 18, 2010. 
  4. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1976 (PDF). 1976. p. C-123. Retrieved February 18, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Application Search Details (1)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved February 18, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Call Sign History (WPKQ)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved February 18, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Application Search Details (2)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved February 18, 2010. 
  8. ^ Fybush, Scott (October 11, 1996). "WAAF (back) on the tube". New England RadioWatch. Retrieved February 18, 2010. 
  9. ^ Fybush, Scott (November 7, 1996). "Big Doings in Maine". New England RadioWatch. Retrieved February 18, 2010. 
  10. ^ Fybush, Scott (October 15, 1999). "The All New All New WMEX??". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved February 18, 2010. 
  11. ^ Peak to Bring Third Country to Portland, ME

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