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WQAQ logo.png
City Hamden, Connecticut
Slogan Music for You
Frequency 98.1 MHz
First air date 1973
Format Open
ERP 18 watts
HAAT -24.0 meters
Class D
Facility ID 54311
Transmitter coordinates 41°25′10.6″N 72°54′22.6″W / 41.419611°N 72.906278°W / 41.419611; -72.906278
Owner Quinnipiac University
Webcast WQAQ Webstream
Website WQAQ Online

WQAQ (98.1 FM) is a student-run, non-commercial educational radio station broadcasting in an open, music-oriented format. Licensed in Hamden, Connecticut, United States, the station serves the local Hamden/Wallingford area. WQAQ is owned by Quinnipiac University.[1][2] and operated by WQAQ students.


WQAQ has an open format. Any student, faculty, staff, or alumni of the Quinnipiac University may join the radio station and have his or her own radio show. The station's requirements are minimal, allowing DJs to play music and content of their choice. Shows last for one hour each, and the show schedule changes each semester. An up-to-date schedule is available on the station's website.

Antenna Controversy[edit]

On August 19, 2006, before the beginning of the Fall semester, WQAQ’s broadcast antenna was deemed an “eyesore” by the administration of Quinnipiac University. Without notifying the students involved in the organization, the tower was removed from the top of the student center, where it has sat for X years. The tower’s sudden removal put WQAQ’s licensing with the FCC in jeopardy, and forced the station to shift its broadcast to online streaming. During the summer of 2007, the WQAQ tower was rebuilt off-site, and the station resumed normal on-air broadcasting that school year. [1]

Notable Former Staff[edit]

A number of former WQAQ staffers have gone on to careers in commercial radio and entertainment:

  • Ryan Jones - Former MD - CBS Radio, WTIC-FM, Farmington, CT
  • " Little" John Principale - Former APD/MD, DJ - CBS Radio, WXRK-FM, New York, NY[3]
  • Rob Guerrera - Former DJ - Mike & Mike in the Morning on ESPN Radio, Bristol, CT
  • DJ Concept (AKA Kid Dee) - Former Music Director & DJ - SirIus Satellite Radio


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