|Broadcast area||Rock River Valley|
|Slogan||"#1 Hit Music"|
|Owner||Fletcher M. Ford |
(Virden Broadcasting Corp.)
First air date
|October 22, 1966 (as WJVM at 94.3)|
Former call signs
|94.3 MHz (1966-2018)|
Call sign meaning
|Seith Serafin Quality|
WSSQ (105.5 FM) – branded as Q105.5 – is a commercial adult contemporary radio station licensed to Sterling, Illinois, United States, serving primarily Whiteside and Lee counties in the Rock River Valley. Owned by Fletcher M. Ford, through licensee Virden Broadcasting Corp., WSSQ serves as the local affiliate for the Chicago Bulls Radio Network. WSSQ also broadcasts Chicago Cubs baseball games.
WSSQ launched as WJVM at 94.3 MHz on October 22, 1966; as of 1968, the station was transmitting at 3,000 watts. It was assigned the WSSQ call letters on August 8, 1988. The station was then owned by Seith-Serafin of Sterling, Illiniois, and the station callsign was chosen as an acronym for "Seith Serafin Quality". In July 1993, it was announced that WSSQ and its AM sister station WSDR were sold to LH&S Communications, a company owned by Larry Sales and Howard Murphy which owned radio properties throughout the state of Illinois. In 1998, WSSQ was acquired by Withers Broadcasting.
Effective July 28, 2017, Withers Broadcasting sold WSSQ, WSDR, and WZZT to Fletcher M. Ford's Virden Broadcasting Corp. for $400,000. As of January 24, 2018, WSSQ had a construction permit to change frequency to 105.5 MHz, which took place on June 25, 2018.
. In addition to its adult contemporary music format, WSSQ is a member of the Chicago Bulls Radio Network; WSSQ is one of the nearest network affiliates for the Quad Cities region.
... with additional support from WSDR-AM and WSSQ-FM, two stations owned by Seith-Serafin in Sterling, Ill.
WSSQ (FM) Sterling, IL... S)eith S)erafin Q)uality...
Seith's WSDR-AM and WSSQ-FM in Sterling and WZZT-FM in Morrison will be acquired by LH&S Communications...
LH&S Communications, which is owned by Larry Sales and Howard Murphy, purchased WRN in September of 1994. LH&S also owns the Illinois Radio Network and radio stations WSDR, WSSQ and WZZT, which are all in Illinois.
Withers Broadcasting Companies key milestones include the existing acquisitions: ... 1998 - WSSQ 94.3 FM, Sterling, IL...
Brian Zschiesche from WSDR, WSSQ, and WZZT will host the benefit.
The Bulls do not currently have a radio affiliate in the Quad-Cities. The nearest stations to the metro area that are part of their network are WAIK (1590 AM) in Galesburg, WSSQ (94.3 FM) in Sterling, and WZOE (1490 AM) in Princeton.