|City of license||Hamden, Connecticut|
|Slogan||"America's Best Music"|
|Frequency||1220 kHz (in C-QUAM A.M. stereo.)|
|First air date||1962|
|Power||1000 Watts (day)
305 Watts (night)
|Former callsigns||WDEE, WCDQ, WOMN, WSCR, WNNR, WXCT|
The station began in 1962 as WDEE. By 1965 it had become one of the principal Top-40 rockers in the New Haven area. In the early hours of the morning of January 21, 1965 a fire broke out that destroyed the station's studios at 473 Denslow Hill Road in Hamden. The station returned to the air within a week, in new premises.
The station changed format about 1968 from Top-40 to "Middle of the Road" (now "Adult Contemporary"). With the change in format came a change in call letters to WCDQ, after the station's owners Cote, Delfino & Quayle. As WCDQ the station switched to a country music format in the early '70s, then to oldies before returning to its roots by the mid-1970s as a Top 40 station. Among the features of the mid-'70s "1220 'CDQ" remembered fondly by many listeners was "Ken Jordan's Jukebox." Hosted by Ken Jordan (on-air name of Ken Berger), the show featured doo-wop and pre-Beatles rock and roll on Sunday afternoons until station closing at sundown. Other DJ's during this era were Jerry Kristafer, Ken DeVoe and Jay McCormick.
In 1978, Robert Herpe, owner of WPLR-FM in New Haven, purchased the station and adopted a format targeted specifically to women. Changing the call letters to WOMN, the new format debuted on August 28, 1978, calling itself "WOMAN Radio." Although it gained national attention, the new format failed. Scarcely more than a year after its debut, WOMN dropped the all-woman orientation and switched to a Top-40 format in September 1979, dropping all on-air references to WOMAN radio by February 1980. Later in 1980 the station changed to Album Oriented Rock, seeking to ride the coattails of its sister FM station WPLR by calling itself "PLR2" on air.
The early 1980s saw another call letter switch, to WSCR, "Suburban Country Radio", in recognition of a new country format. In 1986 Pete Salant bought the station and changed it back to oldies as WNNR, "Winner Radio." Within months Hartford's WDRC-FM shifted to oldies and forced Hamden's 1220 AM into its next incarnation about 1987, as WXCT ("Exciting 'XCT") with a locally-produced Adult Contemporary format. In 1988 or '89, the station changed format to the Business Radio Network (now the Business Talk Radio Network). About the Spring of 1991 WXCT changed to all Spanish-language programming.
In September 1996, Quinnipiac College acquired the Spanish language WXCT. The station closed down as the college relocated the station's studios and offices to new facilities at 560 New Road in Hamden. The transmitter site remains at Denslow Hill Road.
On Feb. 7, 1997, following five months of silence on Southern Connecticut's 1220 AM frequency as construction proceeded, WQUN signed on the air at 6 p.m. with the Music Of Your Life network.
Currently WQUN airs the standards format America's Best Music from Westwood One, formerly Dial Global.
- "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database.
- "Winter 2008 Station Information Profile". Arbitron.
- WQUN official website
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WQUN
- Radio-Locator Information on WQUN
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WQUN