FM Technical Profile: WQEN

Station Name:
103-7 the Q
CHR: Contemporary Hit Radio
Transmitter Location:
About 3 miles northwest of Springville on a county road that traverses the mountain between Springville and Highland Lake.  It is near the WTJP television tower.
Power (ERP):
77 kW.
Antenna HAAT:
1106 feet.
Other Information:
How's the Signal?
Signal is good to fair Jefferson and Shelby counties.  Strong signal in Cullman, Oneonta, Albertville, Gadsen and Anniston. Weakest in the metro area west of downtown.
530 Beacon Parkway West, #600,  Birmingham
Noted Personalities:
Scott Bohanon and Wendy Sinclair, AM drive; Billy Surf, middays; Nick Nice, evenings.
How's it sound?
The sound quality of this station is good.  Moved to music on disk system (hell has frozen over) but artifacting in the music is only occasionally noticeable. Perhaps the most annoying thing is the dynamic compression applied. You will turn down your bass. :-)
This station was started up by Gadsden's WAAX-AM. The calls stood for the QueEN city, which is what Gadsden was known as before it became "The City of Champions". It had always been a Gadsden oriented MOR station before switching to Top 40 in the mid 70's. At the time it was a powerhouse with a big 100 kW signal tht reached from Tuscaloosa to beyond Rome, GA. It's the station where Birmingham morning staple Rick and Bubba got big. Went through a change in the mid?-80's, going from "Q 104" to just "The Q". That failed and they went back to "Q 104" until coming to Birmingham, where they are still calling themselves "The new Q" after about, oh, a year. The format has been Hot AC, and is now more CHR/morning rock oriented since moving to Birmingham. Now hosts Mark and Brian (syndicated) in the mornings. They got their start in Birmingham at I-95 FM.



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