WKTQ (FM)

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WKTQ
City Oakland, Maryland
Broadcast area Oakland, Maryland
Kingwood, West Virginia
Branding "92Q"
Slogan "Today's Best Country And Your All Time Favorites"
Frequency 92.3 MHz
First air date 1966
Format Country
Power 1,400 Watts
HAAT 210 Meters
Class A
Transmitter coordinates 39°26′41.0″N 79°31′42.0″W / 39.444722°N 79.528333°W / 39.444722; -79.528333
Former callsigns WMSG-FM (1966–1978)
WXIE (1978–1995)
WWHC (1995–2013)
WWHQ (2013–2016)
WKTQ-FM (7/2016-8/2016)
Affiliations Westwood One News
Owner Broadcast Communications II, Inc.
Sister stations WKHJ, WKTZ-FM, WMSG
Website WKTQ Online

WKTQ is a Country formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Oakland, Maryland.

Due to the high altitude of its tower, WKTQ's signal covers most of Garrett County, Maryland, most of neighboring Preston County, West Virginia, and parts of Tucker, Grant, and Mineral Counties in West Virginia. WKTQ is owned and operated by Broadcast Communications II, Inc.

Ben Lawrence is the Operations Manager of WKTQ. Ben also hosts an afternoon request show Monday through Friday 3 to 7 PM on 92Q using his air moniker Benji Law.

History[edit]

WKTQ began as a simulcast of sister station WMSG in 1966. WMSG split from the simulcast in 1978 and became WXIE. The first format on WXIE was a soft adult contemporary format. In 1991, WXIE moved from 92.1 to 92.3 and became "92X" and began running a classic hits format. WXIE went dark in 1994.

In 1995, the frequency was acquired by Oakland Media Group, changed call letters to WWHC and began playing Country with the branding "Hot Country 92". Around 2000, 92.3 went through another name change, switching to "The Train" in reference to the railroad heritage that is found all over the region it serves.

On September 25, 2013, WWHC changed its callsign to WWHQ.[1] On July 7, 2016, the station changed its call sign from WWHQ to WKTQ-FM; the "-FM" suffix was dropped on August 8, 2016.[1]

Studios/tower[edit]

Studio in Loch Lynn Heights, Maryland

WKTQ's studios are on Lothian Street in Loch Lynn Heights, Maryland co-located with sister stations WMSG and WKHJ and their tower is located above West Virginia Route 7 near Terra Alta, West Virginia.

Station sold[edit]

In July 2009, then-WWHC and sisters WKHJ and WMSG were sold for $830,000 to Radiowerks Broadcasting.[2]

In May 2011, WWHC and its sister stations were ordered into receivership by the Garrett County MD Circuit Court. John Culp was appointed as receiver. The Federal Communications Commission approved the transfer of the license on May 19, 2011.

The receivership sold WWHC and sister stations WKHJ and WMSG to Broadcast Communications II, Inc. The sale was effective July 1, 2013 at a purchase price of $775,000.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Call Sign History of WKTQ
  2. ^ Taylor, Tom (July 27, 2009). "Wheeling and Dealing". Taylor on Radio-Info. Radio-Info.com. 

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