WQYK-FM (99.5 FM) is a commercial country music radio station in Tampa, Florida. It is under ownership of Beasley Broadcast Group. Its studios are in St. Petersburg (city of license) while its transmitter is east of Palm River-Clair Mel.
|City||St. Petersburg, Florida|
|Broadcast area||Tampa, Florida|
|Slogan||Tampa Bay's New Country Hits|
|Frequency||99.5 MHz (also on HD Radio)|
99.5-2 FM: Business Talk (WHFS (AM) simulcast)
|First air date||May 1958 (as WTCX)|
100,000 with beam tilt
|HAAT||174 meters (571 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||tribute to former sister station WQIK in Jacksonville|
|Former callsigns||WTCX (1958-1972)|
|Owner||Beasley Broadcast Group |
(WDAS License Limited Partnership)
|Sister stations||WPBB, WHFS, WLLD, WRBQ-FM, WYUU|
It signed on the air in May 1958 as WTCX. WTCX was a 31,000 watt classical music station and the first Tampa Bay FM to introduce stereo sound. It originally broadcast from a tiny studio at the transmitter site at 5750 North Haines Road in St. Petersburg, Florida and was owned by Trans-Chord company. The call letters changed to the current WQYK-FM in 1972, and began its long running country format. Infinity Broadcasting would buy the station from Lake Huron Broadcasting in January 1987. Infinity would be renamed CBS Radio in December 2005.
On October 2, 2014, CBS Radio announced that it would trade all of their radio stations located in Charlotte and Tampa (including WQYK), as well as WIP in Philadelphia, to the Beasley Broadcast Group in exchange for 5 stations located in Miami and Philadelphia. The swap was completed on December 1, 2014. Shortly after the swap, the station branding was changed from "99.5 WQYK" to "99.5 QYK".
- CBS And Beasley Swap Philadelphia/Miami For Charlotte/Tampa from Radio Insight (October 2, 2014)
- Venta, Lance (December 1, 2014). "CBS Beasley Deal Closes". RadioInsight. Retrieved December 1, 2014.