WRXQ

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WRXQ
WRXQ Qrock100.7 logo.png
CityCoal City, Illinois
Broadcast areaJoliet, Illinois
BrandingQ Rock 100.7
SloganRockin' The Southland!
Frequency100.7 MHz
First air dateFebruary 8, 1990 (as WKBM)[1]
FormatActive rock
ERP2,450 watts
HAAT147 meters (482 ft)
ClassA
Facility ID3959
Transmitter coordinates41°17′39.00″N 88°10′15.00″W / 41.2941667°N 88.1708333°W / 41.2941667; -88.1708333
Callsign meaningRX = as in "rocks"
Q brand
Former callsignsWKBM (1990-1998)
WBVS (1998-2003)[2]
AffiliationsABC Radio
OwnerWalnut Radio Illinois
Sister stationsWIIL
WebcastListen Live
Websiteqrockonline.com

WRXQ (100.7 FM) is a radio station broadcasting an active rock format. Licensed to Coal City, Illinois, United States, it serves Will, Grundy, and Kankakee counties as well as Southwest Suburban Chicago. The station is currently owned by Alpha Media, through licensee Alpha Media Licensee LLC, and features programming from ABC Radio. WRXQ's studios are located in Crest Hill, and its transmitter is in Wilmington Township, Illinois. It serves as a complement in the southern suburbs to Alpha's station licensed to Union Grove, Wisconsin and broadcasting from Kenosha, WIIL (95.1), which serves the North Shore and northwest suburbs.

History[edit]

WKBM[edit]

The station began broadcasting on February 8, 1990, holding the call sign WKBM, and airing an oldies format.[1][3] WKBM carried programming from the Satellite Music Network, and also featured local personalities.[1][4] It was originally owned by Barden Broadcasting, and had an ERP of 1.4 kw at an HAAT of 482 feet.[1] In 1998, the station was sold to Pride Communications.[5]

WBVS[edit]

In April 1998, the station's call sign was changed to WBVS,[2] and its format was changed from oldies to CHR.[6] WBVS was branded as "100.7 The Bus", with the slogan "Today's Hottest Hits".[7] "The Bus" branding had previously been used in the area by 99.9 WBUS in Kankakee, Illinois from 1985 to 1996, while that station aired a CHR format.[8][9] In 2000, its ERP was increased to 2,450 watts.[10] That year, the station was sold to NextMedia Group.[11]

WRXQ[edit]

In January 2003, the station's call sign was changed to WRXQ,[2] and it began airing a classic rock format[12] as "100.7 RXQ", with the slogan "The Southland's Classic Rock".[13] In 2012 the station's branding was changed to Q Rock, and it began to transition to a mainstream rock format.[14][15] It has since transitioned to an active rock format.[15][16]

In 2013, NextMedia's stations were sold to Digity LCC, and in 2016, Digity LCC's stations were sold to Alpha Media.[17][18] In April 2019, Walnut Radio Illinois purchased WRXQ from Alpha Media for $300,000.[19][20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d The Broadcasting Yearbook 1991, Broadcasting & Cable, 1991. p. B-99. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Call Sign History (WRXQ)". Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  3. ^ The M-Street Radio Directory. 1991. p. 128. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  4. ^ O'Brien, Ken. "Partying To Help The United Way", Chicago Tribune, September 14, 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  5. ^ Mannion, Annemarie. "Voice Of Joliet May Grow Quiet", Chicago Tribune, February 05, 1998. Retrieved July 15, 2018.
  6. ^ "Format Changes & Updates", The M-Street Journal. Vol. 15 No. 14. April 8, 1998. p. 1. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  7. ^ "100.7 The Bus - Today's Hottest Hits". WBVS. Archived from the original on October 10, 2000. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  8. ^ "Pilot Alert: Beware of Flying Bus", The Southern Illinoisan. June 17, 1985. p. 3.
  9. ^ Chicagoland Radio Waves, MediaTies. Summer 1988. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  10. ^ Application for FM Broadcast License, fcc.gov. Retrieved July 15, 2018.
  11. ^ "Combos", Broadcasting & Cable, July 9, 2000. Retrieved July 15, 2018.
  12. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2003-2004, Broadcasting & Cable, 2003-2004. p. D-142-143. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  13. ^ "100.7 RXQ - The Southland's Classic Rock". WRXQ. Archived from the original on January 3, 2004. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  14. ^ 10 Questions with ... Mark Zander", All Access Music Group. September 18, 2012. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  15. ^ a b 10 Questions with ... Mark "Elwood" Mailler", All Access Music Group. February 17, 2015. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  16. ^ WRXQ/Joliet, IL Adds Rachelle French To Mornings", All Access Music Group. June 28, 2018. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  17. ^ Feder, Robert. "NextMedia buyer embraces local approach", RobertFeder.com. October 10, 2013. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  18. ^ "Alpha Media Closes On Purchase Of All Chicago Suburban Digity Stations", Chicagoland Radio and Media. February 25, 2016. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  19. ^ Jacobson, Adam. "Matrix’s End: Chicago-area FMs Land With EMF, Alpha", Radio & Television Business Report. February 12, 2019. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  20. ^ "Deal To Transfer WYSO/Dayton From Antioch College To Independent Ownership Filed With FCC", All Access Music Group. April 9, 2019. Retrieved April 9, 2019.

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