WMEQ
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CityMenomonie, Wisconsin
Broadcast areaEau Claire–Chippewa Falls
Frequency880 kHz
BrandingNewstalk 880
Programming
FormatTalk radio
AffiliationsPremiere Radio Networks
Westwood One
Fox News Radio
Ownership
OwneriHeartMedia, Inc.
(iHM Licenses, LLC)
WATQ, WBIZ, WBIZ-FM, WMEQ-FM, WQRB
History
First air date
May 1951; 71 years ago (1951-05)
Former call signs
WMNE (1951-1989)
Call sign meaning
W-MEnomonie & Eau Q(C)laire
Technical information
Facility ID52474
ClassAM: B
FM: D
Power10,000 watts days
210 watts nights
Transmitter coordinates
44°50′44.00″N 91°50′45.00″W / 44.8455556°N 91.8458333°W / 44.8455556; -91.8458333
Translator(s)106.3 W292EG (Eau Claire)
Links
WebcastListen Live
Websitewmeq.com

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.[1]

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.[2] Programming is also heard on a 130 watt FM translator in Eau Claire, W292EG at 106.3 MHz.[3]

Programming

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.

History

In May 1951; 71 years ago (1951-05), 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.

References

  1. ^ "WMEQ Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ Radio-Locator.com/WMEQ
  3. ^ Radio-Locator.com/W292EG