WQZQ

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WQZQ
WQZQ ClassicHits93.3 logo.jpg
City Goodlettsville, Tennessee
Broadcast area Nashville metropolitan area
Branding 93.3 Classic Hits
Slogan The Music You Grew Up With
Frequency 830 kHz
Translator(s) 93.3 W227DC (Nashville)
First air date 1980 (as WKVL)
Format Classic hits
Power 2,000 watts daytime only
ERP 250 watts (FM translator)
HAAT 212 meters (696 ft) (FM translator)
Class D (both AM & FM)
Facility ID 72960
Transmitter coordinates 36°32′12.00″N 87°22′24.00″W / 36.5366667°N 87.3733333°W / 36.5366667; -87.3733333Coordinates: 36°32′12.00″N 87°22′24.00″W / 36.5366667°N 87.3733333°W / 36.5366667; -87.3733333
Former callsigns WKVL (1979-1988)
WCTZ (1988-2005)
Owner Winston Communications, Inc.
Sister stations WPRT-FM, WBUZ-FM
Webcast Listen Live
Website 933classichits.com

WQZQ (830 AM) is a radio station licensed to Goodlettsville, Tennessee, and serving the Nashville metropolitan area.[1] The station is owned by Winston Communications, Inc.[2] It airs a classic hits radio format, calling itself "Classic Hits 93.3." The dial position is a reference to the WQZQ's FM translator, W227DC in Nashville, which broadcasts at 93.3 MHz.[3]

WQZQ-AM broadcasts at 2000 watts by day but because 830 AM is a clear channel frequency, WQZQ-AM must sign-off at night to protect Class A station WCCO in Minneapolis. WQZQ's FM translator station operates 24 hours a day. WQZQ's offices and studios are on Mufreesboro Pike in Nashville and its transmitter is located off Nesbitt Lane in Nashville.[4]

History[edit]

WQZQ began broadcasting in the 1970s as the FM affiliate of Dickson, Tennessee community-oriented station WDKN. In the 1980s, the signal was upgraded and the station was split off from WDKN, which subsequently acquired another FM affiliate. WQZQ began focusing on the Nashville market with a rock music format, Q-103. This station was the predecessor to current Nashville sports radio station "The Game" 102.5 WPRT-FM.

The WQZQ call sign was revived for a former black gospel AM station, which also broadcast Spanish language programming overnight at one point. It was this station that was converted to a sports format on February 5, 2013 when it became the Nashville-area affiliate of NBC Sports Radio. Then in September 2014, the affiliation was discontinued, due to a contract dispute between NBC Sports Radio and WQZQ.[5] At that point WQZQ began broadcasting ESPN Radio programming along with its sister station WPRT-FM, when local or other syndicated programming was not being broadcast on the station.

On January 1, 2014, WQZQ began simulcasting on new FM translator W235BW at 94.9 on the FM dial.

On March 25, 2016, WQZQ began stunting with a non-stop loop of "Macarena" by Los del Rios and began simulcasting on FM translator 93.3 W241BU (now W227DC) in Nashville. (The "94.9 The Game 2" sports format continues on WBUZ-HD3 and W235BW 94.9 FM.) WQZQ officially launched a new classic hits format on April 1, 2016 branded as "93.3 Classic Hits".[6]

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