WKAQ logo 2020.jpg
Broadcast areaPuerto Rico
FrequencyWKAQ: 580 kHz
WUKQ: 1420 kHz
BrandingWKAQ 580
FormatTalk radio
First air date
WKAQ: December 3, 1922 (1922-12-03)
WUKQ: June 3, 1958 (1958-06-03)
Former call signs
WKAQ: none
WUKQ: WEUC (1958-2000)
Former frequencies
830 kHz (1922-1934)
1240 kHz (1934-1942)
620 kHz (1942-1951)
Technical information
Facility IDWKAQ: 19099
WUKQ: 9352
ClassWKAQ and WUKQ: B
PowerWKAQ: 10,000 watts
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

WKAQ (580 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Currently owned by Uforia Audio Network pending a sale to Hemisphere Media Group, 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.[citation needed]

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, announced they would purchase WKAQ, WKAQ-FM, WUKQ, WUKQ-FM and WYEL from Univision Radio. The deal marks Hemisphere's entry to the radio business. During WAPA's 2023 upfront presentation, the network's management alluded that talent from the channel would also be joining the radio stations in the future and vice versa.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9]

Notable current on-air staff


  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.
  4. ^ "Searchlight Seals Hemisphere Privatization, With Controversy". RBR.Com.
  5. ^ "Dueños de WAPA TV adquirirán WKAQ 580 y KQ 105". NotiCel.
  6. ^ "WKAQ-580 y KQ-105: dueños de WAPA TV adquieren emisoras locales". TVBoricuaUSA.
  7. ^ "Hemisphere Media Group adquiere WKAQ y KQ105 en Puerto Rico". Wapa.tv.
  8. ^ "Propietaria de WAPA-TV adquiere las emisoras de radio WKAQ580 y KQ105 FM". Primera Hora.
  9. ^ ""Adiós Puerto Rico", TelevisaUnivision realiza su segunda venta radial en el año". RadioNotas.