WRQX City of license Washington, D.C. Broadcast area Washington, D.C. Branding Mix 107.3 Slogan "Today's Best Hits" Frequency 107.3 MHz
(also on HD Radio)
First air date 1948 Format Analog/HD-1: Hot AC
HD-2: WMAL simulcast
ERP 19,500 watts HAAT 246 meters Class B Facility ID 73252 Callsign meaning Washington RoQX (Rocks) Former callsigns 1948-1979: WMAL-FM Owner Cumulus Media
(Radio License Holding VII, LLC)
Sister stations WMAL, WMAL-FM Webcast Listen Live Website mix1073fm.com
WRQX (107.3 FM, "Mix 107.3") is an American commercial radio station licensed to serve the community of Washington, D.C.. The station broadcasts a hot adult contemporary music format to the Washington Metropolitan Area. WRQX is currently owned and operated by Cumulus Media with the broadcast license held by Radio License Holding VII, LLC.
Established in 1948, the station's studios are located at 4400 Jenifer Street NW in Washington, two blocks from the city's border with Maryland, while the station's transmitter resides at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue NW and 41 Street NW in the northwestern section of the district.
107.3 was previously a top 40 station known as "Q107." That had been the station's format dating back to 1979; before that, it was an album oriented rock station, and before that easy listening/classical music outlet WMAL-FM (known as "The Soft Explosion"), sharing a base call sign with WMAL (630 AM). As an easy listening/classical station, programming was mostly automated with the exception of the weekday and Saturday mornings when the station simulcast the "Harden and Weaver" show on WMAL. Automation was reduced considerably when the station became "The Soft Explosion," and eliminated entirely when the station adopted the nickname, "Q107." On Friday, August 31, 1990 at noon the format changed to the current "Mix 107.3".
WRQX is one of the many Disney/ABC Radio stations that merged with Citadel Broadcasting; Citadel, in turn, merged with Cumulus Media on September 16, 2011. "Mix 107.3" is home to the highly rated Jack Diamond Morning Show among others. Now in its 19th year, the show airs weekday and Saturday mornings. The station's slogan is "Today's Best Hits", playing mainly hit pop music from the 2000s. Previous slogans have been "We play the best mix of...everything", "Not too hard, not too light", and "Washington's Best Music Mix".
- ^ Potts, Mark (November 3, 1990). "Rap, Rock-and-Roll Make Way for Hot AC; WRQX Changes Tunes to Attract Ad Dollars". The Washington Post: p. C1. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/washingtonpost/access/72628041.html?dids=72628041:72628041&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT.
- ^ Yorke, Jeffrey (September 4, 1990). "WRQX-FM's Format Flop; Station Switches Its Mix to Fight Declining Ratings". The Washington Post: p. C7. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/washingtonpost/access/72612498.html?dids=72612498:72612498&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT.
- ^ "Cumulus now owns Citadel Broadcasting". Atlanta Business Journal. September 16, 2011. http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2011/09/16/cumulus-now-owns-citadel-broadcasting.html. Retrieved September 16, 2011.
- ^ Yorke, Jeffrey (February 21, 1995). "A New Setting for Diamond?; WRQX Morning Host Mulls West Coast Job Offers". The Washington Post: p. D7. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/washingtonpost/access/19511669.html?dids=19511669:19511669&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT.
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