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City of license Warwick, New York
Broadcast area Orange County and northern New Jersey
Branding "WTBQ"
Slogan "Radio Worth Listening To"; "The Best Music"
Frequency 1110 kHz
Translator(s) 93.5 W228CG (Warwick)
First air date July 27, 1969
Format Full service
Power 500 watts daytime
Class D
Facility ID 22292
Callsign meaning See "Station History" section
Affiliations ABC, MRN
Owner Frank R. Truatt
(FST Broadcasting Corporation)
Webcast Listen Live

WTBQ is an independent radio station broadcasting from Warwick, New York, featuring oldies, local talk shows and specialty programming. The last locally-owned radio station left in Orange County, New York (and one of the few in the entire Hudson Valley), WTBQ broadcasts on 1110 AM and 93.5 FM, throughout Orange County and northern New Jersey.

Station History

Local media mogul Ed Klein brought WTBQ to air July 27, 1969 with studios originally located in the village of Warwick. The call sign letters come from Klein's young daughter's affection for her Teddy Bear. Originally, WTBQ had a "Beautiful Music" format (dubbed "The Casual Q"), in contrast to Top 40 music, which Klein hated. In 1982 it was purchased by polka king Jimmy Sturr, who in 1984 moved the studios to the "Professional Building" located at 62 North Main Street in nearby Florida, New York. After another change in ownership (George Dacre's "Goodtime Broadcasting"), the station went silent in late 1992, but returned to the air under the station's current owner Frank "Smokin'" Truatt on July 1, 1994.

Ed Klein died on October 18, 2008, at the age of 86. Klein had long wanted [1]

WTBQ today

Frank Truatt and newsman Rob McLean co-host the "The Frank Truatt Morning Show", which airs weekdays from 6am until 9am Eastern Time. A daily feature of the morning show is "Our Town", heard each day from 8:05-8:30 am, in which local politicians and people of interest are interviewed on a rotating basis. "Our Town" was created by veteran singer and WTBQ Saturday morning host Dick Wells, who also served as co-anchor of the weekday morning newscasts. On September 9, 2007 (a warm and humid day), Wells suffered a heart attack while performing a live outdoor concert on Railroad Green in Warwick. After a hiatus, Dick made a surprise return to his Saturday morning show on December 8, 2007, and has remained ever since.

On November 30, 2007, WTBQ moved its studios from the Village of Florida, New York to 87 Ronald Reagan Boulevard in the Town of Warwick, NY. On February 7, 2008, WTBQ held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at their new studios, attended by the local news media, as well as many government officials and station personnel.

On July 27, 2009 (at 11:10 am, of course), WTBQ celebrated its 40th anniversary with a special ceremony at the station's broadcasting tower. A plaque was placed at the antenna site, honoring Ed Klein for signing on the station on July 27, 1969.

In June 2012, WTBQ moved again, this time to 179 Sanfordville Road, approximately two miles south of the Village of Warwick. Located in an older barn-shaped building next to a greenhouse (and dubbed by locals as "The Old Barn"), the new studios were finished soon after, and WTBQ held another "grand opening" on September 28, 2012. A month after the "grand opening", Hurricane Sandy knocked out power to the area on October 29, 2012; WTBQ was off the air for nearly a week until power was finally restored on November 4th, marking it as the second longest time period the station had ever been off the air since the silent eighteen months of 1992-94.

In January 2013, WTBQ shook up its daytime lineup upon the retirement of talk-show host Neal Boortz. Boortz' old 10 am-noon time slot now features local programming, while Clark Howard was moved up an hour to 1-3pm, John Tesh now starting at 3pm. Station staff includes 40-year radio veteran and program director Rich Ball, polka queen Nat "The Cat" Gubala-Magdon, 18-time (and counting) Grammy award winner Jimmy Sturr, and the ever-popular Uncle Buck who is well liked by many local listeners.

Special programming

During the evenings and on the weekends, WTBQ offers a variety of programming for listeners to enjoy. On Monday evenings, station owner Frank Truatt hosts Rockollections, which is a show devoted to 1970s' music and airs from 7 to 9pm. Dave Edwards hosts Perfect Albums Tuesdays at 9pm, while Rob McLean's The RMc 10010, a countdown show spanning the entire history of popular music, airs four hours Wednesday nights from 8pm to midnight. (The 10010 began October 13, 2010, replacing RMc's popular The Complete 80's, which aired every hit record from that decade. Playing roughly sixty-five songs per week, McLean estimates the show will end sometime in the spring of 2014.) On Thursday evenings, Laura Lawson hosts "The Wine Crush" from 7pm to 8pm. Friday evenings is Chris Cordani's internationally-syndicated show Revenge of the 80's, a program devoted to early alternative music.

Saturday programming includes Dirks Outdoors with David Dirks from 7am to 8am, Horse Talk from 8am to 9am, The Dick Wells Show from 9am to 11am, and Spotlight with Shawna from 11:30am until noon. Sunday morning features the always-entertaining Hawkeye Show from 7am to 9am, and the eclectic music of "...And All That Jazz" with Frank Lowell from 9am to 10am. (This new name is the result of an alleged trademark infringement with the former name, "Anything Goes".) Other syndicated programming includes Magic of the 80s with Tom Furci and Music Memories Radio with Pete Michaels and Company.

Sports programming is headlined by coverage of NASCAR racing from The Motor Racing Network and the Performance Racing Network. Select Indycar Series races are also featured. Warwick Valley High School football (airing on WTBQ since 1972) can be heard weekends in the fall, with Rob McLean and Rich Arnott calling the action

The station is an affiliate of ABC Radio and featured Paul Harvey until his death in 2009. Laura Schlessinger was also in the WTBQ lineup until she left terrestrial radio at the end of 2010; John Tesh now holds down her old time slot.

FM translator

At 1:30 pm on January 28, 2011, WTBQ switched its FM frequency to 93.5 MHz, after just over three years at 99.1 MHz. The new translator, W228CG, broadcasts at 250 watts; this is a considerable upgrade from the previous 19 watts, and the coverage area is about 50% larger than on 99.1. (In addition, 99.1 was subject to interference from WPLR, a 15,000-watt rock station in Connecticut; the closest station on its new frequency is WVIP in New Rochelle, New York.)

Although WTBQ broadcasts on AM during the daylight hours only (due to WBT in Charlotte, a clear-channel station that owns the frequency at night), WTBQ has streamed on the internet 24 hours a day since 1999, the first station in the Hudson Valley to do so. (WTBQ was also the first area radio station with a website, back in 1995.)

WTBQ became one of the first American AM stations to use an FM translator when it began airing on W256BD on January 25, 2008. The arrangement, made possible by a Special Temporary Authority from the Federal Communications Commission and Digital Radio Broadcasting, allowed WTBQ to broadcast its programs 24 hours a day via an FM antenna located on WTBQ's AM broadcast tower. (The new translator also broadcasts from WTBQ's tower, located on West Ridge Road in the Town of Warwick.)

Notable alumni

  • Jimmy Sturr
  • Howard Hoffman
  • Jimmy Howes
  • Max Kinkel
  • Rob Dillman
  • Alex Miller
  • Eric Hodge
  • Joe Ryan
  • George Dacre
  • Joe Mann
  • Mike Erickson
  • Joe Cyr
  • Rick Davis
  • Harrison Golden
  • John Moultrie
  • Ted Baker
  • Dick Wells
  • Mark West
  • Frank Bruno
  • Mark Graham
  • John Marino
  • Dick Anderson
  • Bob Neal

External links

  • WTBQ website
  • Query the FCC's AM station database for WTBQ
  • Radio-Locator Information on WTBQ
  • Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WTBQ
  • Query the FCC's FM station database for W228CG
  • Radio-Locator information on W228CG
  • Spotlight

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Coordinates: 41°16′51″N 74°21′46″W / 41.28083°N 74.36278°W / 41.28083; -74.36278

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