WQYK-FM

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WQYK-FM
WQYK-FM logo.png
City St. Petersburg, Florida
Broadcast area Tampa, Florida
Branding 99.5 QYK
Slogan Tampa Bay's New Country Hits
Frequency 99.5 MHz (also on HD Radio)
99.5-2 FM: Business Talk (WHFS (AM) simulcast)
First air date May 1958 (as WTCX)
Format Country
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 174 meters
Class C1
Facility ID 28619
Callsign meaning tribute to former sister station WQIK in Jacksonville
Former callsigns WTCX (1958-1972)
Owner Beasley Broadcast Group
(WDAS License Limited Partnership)
Sister stations WBRN-FM, WHFS, WLLD, WRBQ-FM, WYUU
Webcast Listen Live
Website 995qyk.com

WQYK-FM (99.5 FM) is a commercial country music radio station in Tampa, Florida. It is under ownership of Beasley Broadcast Group. Its studios are in St. Petersburg (city of license) while its transmitter is east of Palm River-Clair Mel.

It signed on the air in May 1958 as WTCX. WTCX was a 31,000 watt classical music station and the first Tampa Bay FM to introduce stereo sound. It originally broadcast from a tiny studio at the transmitter site at 5750 North Haines Road in St. Petersburg, Florida and was owned by Trans-Chord company. The call letters changed to the current WQYK-FM in 1972, and began its long running country format.[1] Infinity Broadcasting would buy the station from Lake Huron Broadcasting in January 1987.[2] Infinity would be renamed CBS Radio in December 2005.

On October 2, 2014, CBS Radio announced that it would trade all of their radio stations located in Charlotte and Tampa (including WQYK), as well as WIP in Philadelphia, to the Beasley Broadcast Group in exchange for 5 stations located in Miami and Philadelphia.[3] The swap was completed on December 1, 2014.[4] Shortly after the swap, the station branding was changed from "99.5 WQYK" to "99.5 QYK".

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Coordinates: 27°55′55″N 82°24′04″W / 27.932°N 82.401°W / 27.932; -82.401