WQNS ROCK105.1 logo.png
Broadcast areaWestern North Carolina
Frequency105.1 MHz (HD Radio)
BrandingRock 105.1
FormatMainstream rock
SubchannelsHD2: Classic hits "Big Classic Hits"
First air date
1979 (at 104.9)
Former frequencies
104.9 MHz (1979-2014)
Call sign meaning
Waynesville's Quiet New Sound
Technical information
Facility ID41008
ERP4,900 watts
HAAT62 meters (203 ft)
WebcastListen Live

WQNS (105.1 FM, "Rock 105.1") is a mainstream rock radio station in Asheville, North Carolina.


WQNS signed on in 1979 at 104.9 FM as WQNS-FM (WQNS stood for...Waynesville's Quiet New Sound) and played easy listening music. When the station sold, it turned country and was branded Q-105 "Always Your Country".

In 1990, WQNS/WHCC owner KAT Communications of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina filed for Chapter 11, but the stations were doing well and no changes were planned.[1]

On October 28, 1997, the format changed to Classic rock and country music moved to WHCC (now WMXF).[citation needed] On September 20, 1999, WQNS was paired with WQNQ (formerly hot adult contemporary WMXF), and the two stations became "Rock 104".[2] Clear Channel bought the three stations in 2001.[3] In 2005, the simulcast was broken off after WQNQ's signal was upgraded and changed back to Hot Adult Contemporary, but 104.9's Classic Rock format remained.[4]

On January 10, 2014, WQNS completed its move to Woodfin, North Carolina by moving its tower into Asheville, North Carolina and moving from 104.9 FM to 105.1 FM and rebranded as "Rock 105.1".[5] The Federal Communications Commission issued the license for the move to Woodfin and 105.1 FM on June 25, 2014.


  1. ^ "FM Station's Parent Firm Files for Chapter 11 Action," Greensboro News & Record, December 19, 1990.
  2. ^ Tony Kiss, "Local Radio Station Gets New Format, Programming," Asheville Citizen-Times, September 19, 1999.
  3. ^ Mark Barrett, "Company Bets on Future of Radio," Asheville Citizen-Times, January 10, 2001.
  4. ^ Tony Kiss, "Clear Channel Asheville Debuts New Radio Station," Asheville Citizen-Times, March 18, 2005.
  5. ^ "WQNS Moves to 105.1".

Coordinates: 35°34′08″N 82°54′25″W / 35.569°N 82.907°W / 35.569; -82.907