WQDY-FM

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WQDY-FM/WALZ-FM
WQDY-FM logo.png
CityWQDY-FM: Calais, Maine
WALZ: Machias, Maine
Broadcast areaDowneast Maine and Saint John/Southwest New Brunswick
BrandingClassic Hits 92.7 & 95.3
FrequencyWQDY-FM: 92.7 MHz
WALZ: 95.3 MHz
First air dateJuly 4, 1959[1]
FormatClassic hits
ERPWQDY-FM: 3,000 watts
WALZ: 3,000 watts
HAATWQDY-FM: 91 meters
WALZ: 67 meters
ClassWQDY-FM: A
WALZ: A
Facility IDWQDY-FM: 73915
WALZ: 54578
Transmitter coordinatesWQDY-FM:
45°10′2″N 67°16′38″W / 45.16722°N 67.27722°W / 45.16722; -67.27722
WALZ:
44°44′8″N 67°30′11″W / 44.73556°N 67.50306°W / 44.73556; -67.50306
Callsign meaningWQDY-FM: W QuoDdY
WALZ: WALtZ (music)
AffiliationsBoston Red Sox Radio Network
OwnerWQDY, Inc.
Sister stationsWCRQ
Websitewww.wqdy.fm

WQDY-FM, on air as Classic Hits 92.7 & 95.3, is an American radio station licensed to Calais, Maine. The station simulcasts on WALZ-FM Machias, Maine (95.3 FM). The station carries a classic hits format, with a heavy emphasis on local sports, including Boston Red Sox baseball. Previous to the station buying Top 40 WCRQ in 2003, which changed its format to country in 2019, WQDY-FM was also carried on AM 1230 WQDY.

WQDY office

History[edit]

WQDY launched on July 4, 1959. It originally broadcast on AM 1230. Founders John Vondell and John Foster established the station that year. In 1964, it was sold to Buffalo Bob Smith, best known as the host of Children's television series Howdy Doody. Smith also had a summer home on Big Lake in Grand Lake Stream. Dan Hollingdale, who started at the station several months after it originally began, rose through the ranks to become station manager under Smith. Hollingdale brought the station from Smith in 1978.

In 1995, WQDY began simulcasting on WALZ 95.3 FM in Machias, Maine. In 1996, 24/7 operation began on both stations when they were sold to Mike Goodine and Bill McVicar. Goodine had been station manager under Hollingdale. McVicar began career at the station in 1986 as an account executive and play-by-play announcer. In 1998, McVicar, Goodine and partner Roger Holst purchased WALZ-FM in Machias. In 2001, McVicar and Holst took over ownership.

In 2003, the station acquired WCRQ 102.9 FM from Citadel Broadcasting and became a part of the WQDY, Inc. family of stations.

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