|Broadcast area||Youngstown, Ohio|
|Branding||AM 600 WRQX|
|First air date||1965|
|Power||1,000 watts (daytime)|
45 watts (nighttime)
|Callsign meaning||Callsign "parking" from the former WRQX in Washington, DC; now WLVW|
|Former callsigns||WSOM (1965–2019)|
|Owner||Cumulus Broadcasting |
(Cumulus Licensing LLC)
|Sister stations||WBBW, WHOT, WPIC, WQXK, WWIZ, WYFM|
WRQX (600 AM) – branded AM 600 WRQX – is a commercial classic country radio station licensed to Salem, Ohio. Owned by Cumulus Broadcasting, WRQX serves the Youngstown, Ohio market. The WRQX studios are located in "The Radio Center" in the city of Youngstown, while the transmitters for WRQX resides in Salem. In addition to a standard analog transmission, WRQX is available online.
The station has been known since signing on in 1965 up to May 31, 2019 as WSOM, standing for "The Wonderful Sound Of Music". For decades, the station featured an adult standards format, including longtime Youngstown radio personalities Dick Thompson, Johnny Kay and Gary Rhamy.
WSOM changed to a Talk format on December 13, 2010, mostly carrying an all-syndicated lineup in contrast to sister station WPIC, one notable exception being a local afternoon show, Afternoons with Tracey and Friends. The station reverted to adult standards in September 2016, this time carrying programming from sister property Westwood One's America's Best Music. WSOM would change formats again, this time to classic country, on December 26, 2016.
Change to WRQX
With Educational Media Foundation's purchase of WRQX Washington, D.C., the WRQX callsign–retained by Cumulus in the deal–was transferred to WSOM in a callsign "parking" move on May 31, 2019, becoming WRQX. Concurrently, the WSOM letters moved to the former WRQX until new calls were selected for that facility; the latter station took the WLVW callsign the same day. In addition, WRQX removed all instances of "WSOM" from their branding and re-branded as "AM 600 WRQX," with updated imaging, logos and website domain.
- Classic Country Comes to Youngstown Radioinsight - December 28, 2016
- "Station Information Profile". Arbitron.
- Venta, Lance (May 27, 2019). "EMF Sets New Call Letters For Cumulus/Aloha Acquisitions; WRQX Moves To…". radioinsight. Retrieved May 28, 2019.
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WRQX
- Radio-Locator Information on WRQX
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WRQX
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