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WKRQ, known on-air as Q102, is a radio station located in the Cincinnati, Ohio area and broadcasts at 101.9 FM. Its transmitter is located in Cincinnati. It airs a Top 40 (CHR) format and is owned by Hubbard Broadcasting. Its studios and transmitter are located just northeast of Downtown Cincinnati separately.
|Broadcast area||Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Slogan||Cincinnati's Hit Music|
|Frequency||101.9 MHz (also on HD Radio)|
HD2: adult contemporary “The Chill”
|First air date||1947 (as WCTS)|
|Format||Top 40 (CHR)|
|Callsign meaning||(former) sister station to WKRC, substituted with a Q|
|Former callsigns||WCTS (1947-1950)|
|Owner||Hubbard Broadcasting |
(Cincinnati FCC License Sub, LLC)
|Sister stations||WREW, WYGY, WUBE|
WKRQ signed on the air in 1947 as WCTS, which aired a classical music format. After WCTS was bought by Radio Cincinnati, Inc. (which became Taft Broadcasting in 1959), the station would change its call letters to WKRC-FM in 1950, while retaining the classical format. In 1970, WKRC-FM would become a Top 40 station as "Stereo 102", and was an automated Drake-Chenault station. In 1972, WKRC-FM became WKRQ, and became a live and local Top 40 station using "102 KRQ" as its primary identity and "Q102" and "the Q" as secondary monikers, with "Q102" being adopted as its primary moniker in 1975. With the exception of a brief switch to a brief AOR format between June and December 1973, WKRQ's CHR format has been in place since 1970, making Q102 one of the longest-running currently broadcasting Top 40 stations in the United States, despite its shift towards an adult top 40 format in the mid-1990s, leaving rival CHR/Top 40 WKFS to take the younger audience by default.
The late 1970s sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati is often said to be based on either WKRQ or WKRC, with the final letter being the only difference. In reality, though, the show was based on creator Hugh Wilson's experience with WQXI in Atlanta.
In 1980, 16-year-old Mary Buchanan won the first one-million-dollar prize ever awarded by any radio or TV station in the United States in a joint contest with sister station WKRC-AM. The feat earned her and the station a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Taft Broadcasting would be reorganized as Great American Broadcasting in 1987. However, the company would declare bankruptcy in 1993, and was reorganized as Citicasters, Inc. (their sister AM station would be sold to another locally-based company, Jacor). In 1996, Citicasters itself merged with Jacor; as part of the merger, WKRQ was sold to Boston-based American Radio Systems (ARS) on March 7, 1997 (this separated WKRQ from their long-time TV sister station). However, in September 1997, Infinity Broadcasting (which was renamed CBS Radio in December 2005) would acquire ARS as part of a group deal; the merger was completed the following June. CBS owned WKRQ until November 2006, when it was sold to Entercom. Entercom, in turn, announced in January 2007 that it would be swapping its entire Cincinnati cluster, including WKRQ, to Bonneville International together with three radio stations in Seattle, Washington, for all three of Bonneville's FM radio stations in San Francisco, California, and $1 million cash. In May 2007, the station launched an online stream from its website at www.wkrq.com. Also that month, Bonneville officially took over the operations of Entercom's former Cincinnati radio cluster through a local marketing agreement. Entercom officially closed on its acquisition of the stations on November 30. The sale of the Cincinnati cluster to Bonneville was conditionally approved in November 2007, with the remainder of the deal finally approved in March 2008. The official transfer of the Cincinnati stations to Bonneville took place on March 14.
On January 19, 2011, it was announced that Bonneville International would sell WKRQ and several other stations to Hubbard Broadcasting for $505 million. The sale was completed on April 29, 2011.
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