|Broadcast area||Eau Claire–Chippewa Falls|
|Affiliations||Premiere Radio Networks|
Fox News Radio
|Owner||iHeartMedia, Inc. |
(iHM Licenses, LLC)
|WATQ, WBIZ, WBIZ-FM, WMEQ-FM, WQRB|
First air date
Former call signs
Call sign meaning
|W-MEnomonie & Eau Q(C)laire|
|Power||10,000 watts days|
210 watts nights
|Translator(s)||106.3 W292EG (Eau Claire)|
WMEQ (880 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station licensed to Menomonie, Wisconsin, and serving the Eau Claire area. It broadcasts a talk radio format and is owned by iHeartMedia, Inc.
By day, WMEQ is powered at 5,000 watts. But 880 AM is a clear channel frequency reserved for Class A WCBS New York City. So at night, WMEQ must reduce power to 210 watts. It uses a directional antenna with a four-tower array to protect WCBS from interference at night. Programming is also heard on a 130 watt FM translator in Eau Claire, W292EG at 106.3 MHz.
Weekdays on WMEQ begin with two nationally syndicated Westwood One news magazine shows, "First Light with Michael Toscano" and "America in the Morning with John Trout." The rest of the schedule is mostly conservative talk shows from co-owned Premiere Networks: Glenn Beck, Clay Travis and Buck Sexton, Sean Hannity, Jesse Kelly, "Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis" and "Coast to Coast AM with George Noory."
Weekends feature shows on money, health, the outdoors, gardening, technology, home repair and the law. Weekend syndicated shows include "In the Garden with Ron Wilson," "At Home with Gary Sullivan," "Leo Laporte, the Tech Guy," "Bill Handel on the Law," "Live on Sunday Night, it's Bill Cunningham" and "Somewhere in Time with Art Bell." Most hours begin with world and national news from Fox News Radio.
In May 1951, the station signed on the air. The original call sign was WMNE. It was a daytimer, broadcasting at 1,000 watts on 1360 kHz, but was required to go off the air at night.
It changed its call letters to WMEQ in 1989, when it also switched its dial position to 880 kHz. The new frequency allowed the station to broadcast at 5,000 watts by day, increasing its coverage area.