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WBBQ redirects here. For the former WBBQ AM, also in Augusta, see WSGF.
WBBQ-FM
WBBQ-FM logo.jpg
City of license Augusta, Georgia
Broadcast area CSRA
Branding 104.3 WBBQ - Augusta
Slogan The Best Variety of Yesterday and Today
Frequency 104.3 MHz
Format Adult Contemporary
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 305.0 meters
Class C0
Facility ID 59249
Transmitter coordinates 33°36′41.00″N 81°56′30.00″W / 33.61139°N 81.94167°W / 33.61139; -81.94167
Owner Clear Channel Communications
Website wbbq.com

WBBQ-FM (104.3 FM) is a radio station licensed to Augusta, Georgia, USA, the station is currently owned by Clear Channel Communications.[1]

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Station history

WBBQ-FM signed on in 1958 as the sister to WBBQ AM 1340. The FM simulcasted the AM's programming for much of its existence. Both stations switched to Top 40 under the guidance of Ed Dunbar beginning in the early 1960s. WBBQ was very popular with this format and was the #1 station in the Augusta market for over 35 years. In addition, the station had a top-notch news department. Both WBBQ AM and WBBQ FM were owned by George Weiss (under his company Savannah Valley Broadcasting), who would play an active role in the station's growth.

In August 1994, the new station manager Birnie Florie (a former news reporter and salesman) ordered that WBBQ swap formats with newly acquired sister FM WZNY while Weiss was out of the country. WBBQ switched to Adult Contemporary and WZNY switched to CHR.

That move, along with a few other unfavorable decisions, caused Weiss (in 1997) to donate WBBQ and WZNY to the Medical College of Georgia shortly before his passing from cancer. MCG, in turn, sold the stations to Cumulus Broadcasting for $14 million. The money was used to establish the Weiss Endowment for Research for cancer research.[2]

Cumulus sold WBBQ in 2000 to Clear Channel Communications.

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