Broadcast areaSouth Central Pennsylvania
Frequency105.7 MHz (HD Radio)
Branding105.7 The X
FormatActive rock
First air date
Former call signs
WNOW-FM (1948–1973)[1]
WQXA (1973–1991)
Technical information
Facility ID52169
ERP25,000 watts
HAAT215 meters (705 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
39°59′56.4″N 76°41′41.9″W / 39.999000°N 76.694972°W / 39.999000; -76.694972 (WQXA-FM)
WebcastListen Live

WQXA-FM (105.7 FM) is a commercial radio station licensed to serve York, Pennsylvania. Owned by Cumulus Media, it broadcasts an active rock format serving South Central Pennsylvania. Its studios are located at 2300 Vartan Way in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania[2] and the station's broadcast tower is located near York at (39°59′56.0″N 76°41′42.0″W / 39.998889°N 76.695000°W / 39.998889; -76.695000).[3]


On August 8, 1947, the Federal Communications Commission proposed a new station on 105.7 MHz.[4] The Helm Coal Company was granted a construction permit for the new station on May 12, 1948.[4] The station was granted its first license on May 31, 1950, with the WNOW-FM call sign.[4] On August 1, 1957, the station's license was transferred to WNOW, Inc.[4]

The station's license was transferred to Rust Communications Group, Inc. on June 22, 1972.[4] The call sign was changed to WQXA effective December 1, 1973.[4]

The station was known as "Q106" in the 1980s. In October 1989, the station's branding changed to "Hot 105.7" along with a format change to Dance Music. On November 1, 1991, the call sign was changed to WQXA-FM.[4] In January 1993, the station performed a format stunt, intermittently switching its branding between "Hot 105.7" and "Q106", later switching to "Q106" with a Hot AC format. In May 1995, the format changed from Hot AC to active rock with a branding change to "105.7 The Edge".[5] Later the format changed to modern rock with a branding change to "105.7 The X".

In 1997, Citadel Broadcasting purchased the station.[6] In 2011, the United States Department of Justice approved the purchase of Citadel Broadcasting by Cumulus Media.[7] The sale was completed September 18, 2011.[8][9]

Following the sale of WTPA to the Educational Media Foundation, WQXA quietly shifted to a mainstream rock lean.[10]


WQXA-FM is extremely short-spaced to WJZ-FM 105.7 The Fan (licensed to serve Catonsville, Maryland and targeting the Baltimore metropolitan area) as they operate on the same channel and the distance between the stations' transmitters is 47 miles (76 km) as determined by FCC rules.[11] The minimum distance between two Class B stations operating on the same channel according to current FCC rules is 150 miles (240 km).[12] Both stations use directional antennas to reduce their signals toward each other.[13][14] Other stations in the Baltimore radio market can be heard clearly in York, the location of WQXA's broadcast tower.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Call letter actions" (PDF). Broadcasting. October 8, 1973. p. 72.
  2. ^ "105.7 The X Rocks - Station Info". Retrieved 2014-07-30.
  3. ^ "FM Query Results for WQXA". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2014-08-04.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "History Cards for WQXA-FM". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2018-03-19.
  5. ^ Stark, Phyllis (May 27, 1995). "Vox Jox". Billboard. Vol. 107, no. 21. p. 106.
  6. ^ "Citadel Communications Corp Prospectus". nasdaq.com. June 30, 1998. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  7. ^ "Cumulus gets antitrust OK to buy Citadel". Retrieved 2014-07-27.
  8. ^ "Radio merger combines local stations under one umbrella". Retrieved 2014-07-30.
  9. ^ "Consummation Notice". Federal Communications Commission. September 18, 2011. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  10. ^ "99.3 Kiss-FM Harrisburg Begins Redirecting Audience To WLAN-FM". RadioInsight. 2018-04-02. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  11. ^ "Reference points and distance computations. 47 CFR § 73.208". Retrieved 2021-07-17.
  12. ^ "Minimum distance separation between stations. 47 CFR § 73.207 (b)(1)" (PDF). Retrieved 2021-07-17.
  13. ^ "FM Query Results for WJZ-FM". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2018-03-19.
  14. ^ "FM Query Results for WQXA". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2018-03-19.