WPKQ

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WPKQ
City of license 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] The station moved its transmitter to Mount Washington in 1990 and became WZPK and was known as “New England’s Superstation” with a Class C flamethrower signal that reached from Boston to Montreal. At one time a hot AC station (branded as "Peak FM"), 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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