WQSH
Simulcasting WQBK-FM Malta/Albany
CityCobleskill, New York
Broadcast areaMohawk Valley - Capital District - Utica
Frequency103.5 MHz
BrandingQ105.7/103.5
Programming
FormatClassic rock
Ownership
OwnerTownsquare Media
(Townsquare Media of Albany, Inc.)
WGNA-FM, WPBZ-FM, WQBK-FM, WTMM-FM
History
First air date
1986 (as WITU)
Former call signs
WITU (1986-1988)
WACS-FM (1988–1989)
WSHQ (1989–1994)
WQBJ (1994-2019)
Technical information
Facility ID40769
ClassB
ERP50,000 watts
HAAT150 meters (490 ft)
Links
WebcastListen Live
Websiteq1057.com

WQSH (103.5 MHz) is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Cobleskill, New York, and serving the Mohawk Valley and the western Capital District of New York. The station is owned by Townsquare Media and broadcasts a classic rock radio format, simulcasting WQBK-FM 105.7 Malta. The radio studios and offices are on Kings Road in Schenectady.

WQSH has an effective radiated power (ERP) of 50,000 watts, the maximum for this section of the Northeastern United States. It transmits from a tower on Indian Road in Palatine, New York.[1]

History

WQSH signed on in 1986 as WITU with an adult contemporary format. The call sign was changed to WACS-FM in 1988. The next year, WACS-FM was sold to the owners of WSHZ and began simulcasting that station's adult contemporary format, and later its oldies music, using the call letters WSHQ.

The sale of WSHZ to the owners of WTRY in 1992 led to a return to adult contemporary music (albeit satellite fed) on 103.5 as a stop gap for the station before it was sold to then-WQBK-FM owner Maximum Media in 1994. Maximum Media changed the call sign to WQBJ and used it to simulcast WQBK-FM's then-mainstream rock format (first Q-104, then The Edge and finally Q103), which would flip the next year to modern rock. Maximum Media was purchased by Radio Enterprises in 1996.

Radio Enterprises was bought out by Clear Channel Communications, which had owned a minority share of the company, in 1997. Then, in 1999, the Edge stations changed their formats to active rock, a format that remained through Clear Channel divesting the stations to Regent Communications (now Townsquare Media) in 2000.

On July 1, 2019, WQBJ and WQBK-FM began directing listeners to WQSH as their longtime rock radio format moved to the 105.7 FM frequency.[2] On August 1, 2019, WQBJ ended stunting and adopted WQSH's former alternative rock format as "Alt 103.5", putting the station in competition with Pamal Broadcasting's WINU.

WQBK-FM, its former simulcast partner, concurrently launched a Soft Adult Contemporary format as "103.9 The Breeze".[3] The WQSH call letters were moved to 103.5 on September 18, 2019.

On September 3, 2021, WQSH reverted to classic rock, this time simulcasting 105.7 FM, under the branding of "Q105.7/103.5".[4]

References

  1. ^ Radio-Locator.com/WQSH
  2. ^ Q103 Albany Moves to 105.7 Radioinsight - July 1, 2019
  3. ^ Alt 103.5 and 103.9 The Breeze Debut in Albany Radioinsight - August 1, 2019
  4. ^ Alt 103.5 Albany Switches To Q105.7 Simulcast Radioinsight - September 3, 2021