WKAQ / WUKQ
WKAQ logo 2020.jpg
Broadcast areaPuerto Rico
FrequencyWKAQ: 580 kHz
WUKQ: 1420 kHz
BrandingWKAQ 580
Programming
FormatTalk radio
Ownership
Owner
WKAQ-FM
WUKQ-FM
WYEL
WSTE-DT
History
First air date
WKAQ: December 3, 1922
WUKQ: June 3, 1958
Former call signs
WKAQ: none
WUKQ: WEUC (1958-2000)
Former frequencies
WKAQ:
830 kHz (1922-1934)
1240 kHz (1934-1942)
620 kHz (1942-1951)
Technical information
ClassB
PowerWKAQ: 10,000 watts unlimited
WUKQ: 1,000 watts unlimited
Transmitter coordinates
WKAQ: 18°25′56″N 66°08′09″W / 18.43222°N 66.13583°W / 18.43222; -66.13583
WUKQ: 17°59′23″N 66°37′21″W / 17.98972°N 66.62250°W / 17.98972; -66.62250
Links
Websitewww.wkaq580.com

WKAQ (580 AM) is a commercial radio station in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Currently owned by Univision Radio, the station airs a Spanish language talk radio format. Its programming is repeated on WUKQ, which broadcasts on 1420 kHz in Ponce, and WYEL which broadcasts on 600 kHz in Mayagüez. The station was the first radio station to broadcast in Puerto Rico.[1] According to Ernesto Vigoreaux, in the early days of music in Puerto Rico, the musicians would record music at the WKAQ radio station.[2] WKAQ is the Puerto Rico primary entry point station for the Emergency Alert System.

WKAQ was owned for many years by Angel Ramos, owner of the El Mundo newspaper, and eventual namesake for WKAQ-TV, branded as Telemundo. The El Mundo operated until 1986 when labor strikes and acts of terrorism ended its operation.

On May 9, 2022, Hemisphere Media Group, the owners of WAPA-TV announces they will purchase WKAQ-AM, WKAQ-FM, WUKQ-AM, WUKQ-FM and WYEL from Univision Radio. The deal marks Hemisphere's entry to the radio business.[3]

References

  1. ^ Museo de la Radio - Puerto Rico Amateur Radio League's web site.
  2. ^ "Centro: Sound: Interview Two with Ernesto Vigoreaux on December 26 1988 [RGC.EVig.1988.12.26.2]". centropr.hunter.cuny.edu.
  3. ^ "WKAQ 580 y KQ 105 pasarán a manos de Wapa TV". elnuevodia.com.