WXXQ
Broadcast areaRockford and Vicinity
Frequency98.5 MHz
BrandingQ98.5
Programming
FormatCountry
AffiliationsCompass Media Networks
Ownership
Owner
WKGL, WROK, WZOK
History
First air date
April 11, 1965 (as WFRL)[1]
Former call signs
WFRL (1965-1979)
Technical information
Facility ID63137
ClassB1
ERP11,000 watts
HAAT150 meters
Links
WebcastListen Live
Websiteq985online.com

WXXQ (98.5 FM, "Q98.5") is a radio station serving the Rockford, Illinois, United States, area with a country music format. (Prior to country, the station ran a Top 40 format for a time). WXXQ broadcasts on FM frequency 98.5 MHz and is under ownership of Townsquare Media. WXXQ was originally WFRL-FM, with sister station WFRL-AM, sharing studios that were located in Freeport, Illinois.

On August 30, 2013, a deal was announced in which Townsquare would acquire 53 Cumulus Media stations, including WXXQ, for $238 million. The deal was part of Cumulus' acquisition of Dial Global; Townsquare and Dial Global were both controlled by Oaktree Capital Management.[2][3] The Cumulus transaction was consummated effective November 14, 2013.

Their current weekday lineup is as follows:

6 a.m.-10 a.m.: Lil Zim & JB Love “In The Morning” 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Jess “on the pretzel” 3 p.m.-7 p.m.: Buddy Logan 7 p.m.-12 a.m.: Taste of Country Nights 12 a.m.-6 a.m.: Brett Alan

Logo under previous slogan

References

  1. ^ Ghrist, John R. (1996). Valley Voices: A Radio History. Crossroads Communications. p. 493-494.
  2. ^ "Official: Cumulus Buys Dial Global, Spins Some Stations To Townsquare; Peak Stations Sold To Townsquare, Fresno Spun To Cumulus". All Access. August 30, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
  3. ^ "Cumulus Makes Dial Global And Townsquare Deals Official". RadioInsight. August 30, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013.

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