WQOR

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WQOR
WQOR logo
CityOlyphant, Pennsylvania
Broadcast areaScranton/Wilkes-Barre
BrandingJMJ 750 AM
SloganCatholic Radio for the Diocese of Scranton
Frequency750 kHz
Translator(s)W255BO (98.9 MHz, Scranton)
First air date1984
FormatReligious (Catholic)
Power1,600 Watts daytime only
ClassD
Transmitter coordinates41°28′34″N 75°29′41″W / 41.47611°N 75.49472°W / 41.47611; -75.49472Coordinates: 41°28′34″N 75°29′41″W / 41.47611°N 75.49472°W / 41.47611; -75.49472
Callsign meaningQueen Of the Rosary
Former callsignsWRGE, WWAX, WMXH, WAAT
OwnerJ.M.J. Radio Inc.
Websitewww.jmj750.com

WQOR is a Catholic radio station broadcasting from Olyphant, Pennsylvania, serving the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area. WQOR is located at 750 on the AM dial and covers much of northeastern Pennsylvania, including Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. Referred to as JMJ 750 AM, WQOR is owned and operated by J.M.J. Radio Inc. The station began broadcasting Catholic programming on June 17, 2003 under the previous owner Holy Family Communications. WQOR broadcasts at 1.6 kilowatts during the daytime.

The station's call letters are an acronym for Queen of the Rosary, to whom this station is dedicated.[1]

Because it shares the same frequency as "clear channel" station WSB-AM in Atlanta, Georgia; WQOR broadcasts only during the Daytime hours.

History[edit]

WQOR began its broadcast history as WRGE in 1984.

In 1987, after three years as WRGE, WWAX began its six-year run. James Emmel a former voice at WGBI took the reins of WWAX "Live 75". Broadcasting a bizarre combination of favorites, WWAX had its home on Lackawanna Ave. in Olyphant, PA.[2]

In 1993, Carmen Nordone (C.V. Nordone Broadcasting) purchased 750 and WMXH took over with the fitting slogan "Our Music Is All Mixed Up". WMXH proudly operated under a nearly unidentifiable format which included Broadway Musicals, Classic Country, Big Band, Polka's, 50's & 60's sock hop, and Religious Favorites.

Five years later in 1998, WMXH was purchased by Kevin Fennessy's Fennessy Broadcasting Stations Corporation to become WAAT, initially a leased-time and ethnic station. In 2001 Fennessy would change format with the addition of Dr. Laura Schlessinger and Sinatra in the mornings.[3] It would seem that Fennessy elected to revive the WAAT callsign as a nod to his early days in broadcasting at WAAT in Trenton, NJ.[4]

WQOR was inaugurated on June 17, 2003. The third station acquired by Buffalo-based Holy Family Communications, WQOR joined The Station of the Cross. Named for "The Queen of the Rosary", WQOR began broadcasting Catholic programming provided primarily by EWTN. On April 1, 2008 Holy Family Communications sold WQOR to J.M.J. Radio, a Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, PA based non-profit broadcaster.[5]

On December 1, 2010, the Federal Communications Commission issued a Notice of Apparent Liability against J.M.J. Radio, Inc., in the amount of $10,000 for failing to maintain a management and staff presence at the site of WQOR's main studio.[6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "WQOR 750 AM Home Page". Retrieved January 26, 2012.
  2. ^ WITK-AM/Pittston (Wilkes Barre)has been sold
  3. ^ North East RadioWatch: December 17, 2001
  4. ^ Radio Broadcasting History, Radio People (F)
  5. ^ WQOR owners bring Catholic radio to airways
  6. ^ FCC Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture

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