WQNU

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WQNU
WQNU logo.jpg
City Lyndon, Kentucky
Broadcast area Louisville, Kentucky
Branding New Country Q103.1
Frequency 103.1 MHz
Format Country
ERP 23,000 watts
HAAT 169 meters
Class C2
Facility ID 20332
Transmitter coordinates 38°19′28.20″N 85°33′0.10″W / 38.3245000°N 85.5500278°W / 38.3245000; -85.5500278
Callsign meaning Q103.1 New CoUntry
Former callsigns WSTM (?-1978)
WNUU (1978-1980)
WRKA (1980-2008)
Owner Summit Media LLC
(SM-WQNU, LLC)
Sister stations WRKA, WSFR, WVEZ
Webcast Listen Live
Website newcountryq1031.com

WQNU (103.1 FM, "New Country Q103.1") is a radio station broadcasting a country music format. Licensed to Lyndon, Kentucky, United States, the station serves the Louisville, Kentucky, area. The station is currently owned by Summit Media LLC.[1] The station's studios are located at Chestnut Centre in Downtown Louisville and the transmitter site is in Worthington Hills, Kentucky.

History[edit]

The station, formerly known as WSTM (for St. Matthews, its former city of license),[2] was assigned the call letters WNUU on August 28, 1978. On New Year's Day, 1980, the station changed its callsign to WRKA. For much of the 1980s, the station had an adult contemporary music format and at one time featured Glenn Beck as their morning drive host. In 1989, the station adopted an oldies format.

On July 18, 2008, at 2:30 pm, after playing The Beatles' Hello, Goodbye and a message from the station's program director going into a commercial break, the station aired a clip show of moments of the station themed to American Pie by Don McLean that ended on the lyric The day the music died., followed by one last jingle. After about a minute of static (through which the ending of Beginnings by Chicago could be faintly heard), the station introduced their "new" format as News/Talk 103.1 WRKA complete with fake reports before having a fake "Breaking Fox News Alert" report of radio antennas in Kentucky being hacked leading into the introduction of New Country Q103.1 at 3 pm, launching with Kid Rock's All Summer Long. The same day, they changed callsigns to the current WQNU.[3] The former WRKA callsign is now used on a sister station in the Louisville market.

On July 20, 2012, Cox Radio, Inc. announced the sale of WQNU and 22 other stations to Summit Media LLC for $66.25 million. The sale was consummated on May 3, 2013.[4][5]

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