WCCQ
Broadcast areaJoliet, Illinois
Frequency98.3 MHz
Branding98.3 WCCQ
Programming
FormatCountry
AffiliationsWestwood One
Ownership
Owner
WERV-FM, WJOL, WKRS, WSSR, WXLC, WZSR
History
First air date
January 28, 1976[1]
Technical information[2]
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID10677
ClassA
ERP3,000 watts
HAAT143 meters (469 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
41°26′7.1″N 88°11′0.2″W / 41.435306°N 88.183389°W / 41.435306; -88.183389
Links
Public license information
WebcastListen Live
Websitewccq.com

WCCQ (98.3 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a country music format. Licensed to Crest Hill, Illinois, United States, it serves the Joliet area. The station is owned by Alpha Media.

History

WCCQ began broadcasting on January 28, 1976, and originally aired an oldies format.[1][3] In February 1979, the station adopted a beautiful music format.[3][4]

WCCQ adopted a country format in 1984, and was branded "Q-Country".[5][3] Bob Zak was the station's first morning host.[5] Other announcers included Mark Edwards, Ted Clark, Larry Watts, Mike Baker, Jim Beedle, Bill Fortune, and Jim Felbinger.[3]

The current lineup features Roy & Carol in the morning (since 1994), Geno Brien middays (former morning show host of 95.9 the River) and Todd Boss (The Bossman) doing afternoons. Other weekend and fill-in personalities include Rich Renik (from WMAQ and WUSN), Brandon Jones, Jillian, and Laura Vaughn. In April 2011, it became one of the two Chicago-area stations to broadcast NASCAR Cup Series races.

In January 2018, after recording a 0.5 audience share on the latest Nielsen Audio ratings (tied for 30th in the Chicago market), WCCQ shifted to a gold-based traditional country format—featuring an emphasis on songs from artists active during the 1990s and early 2000s. This change differentiates WCCQ from the mainstream lean of its competitors WEBG and WUSN.[6]

WCCQ's studios are located in Crest Hill, and its transmitter is in Channahon, Illinois.

References

  1. ^ a b Broadcasting Yearbook 1978, Broadcasting, 1978. p. C-63. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  2. ^ "Facility Technical Data for WCCQ". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  3. ^ a b c d Ghrist, John R. (1996). Valley Voices: A Radio History. Crossroads Communications. p. 167-169.
  4. ^ "Vox Jox", Billboard. February 10, 1979. p. 24. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Bob Zak", cityofjoliet.com. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  6. ^ "WCCQ Moves To Gold Based Country". RadioInsight. 2018-01-08. Retrieved 2018-01-09.