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WHQT
WHQT-FM Hot 105.svg
City of license Coral Gables/Miami/Fort Lauderdale
Broadcast area South Florida
Branding "Hot 105FM"
Slogan Today's R&B Hits and Oldies
Frequency 105.1 (MHz)
Format Urban Adult Contemporary
ERP 98,000 watts
HAAT 307 meters
Class C0
Facility ID 72982
Callsign meaning Simply translates to the brand name HoT
Owner Cox Radio, Inc.
Sister stations WEDR, WFLC, WHDR
Webcast Listen Live
Website hot105fm.com

WHQT, Hot 105FM, is an Urban Adult Contemporary-formatted radio station owned by Cox Radio, Inc. that serves the South Florida region. WHQT is licensed to Coral Gables, but its studios are located in Hollywood along with its sister stations WEDR, WFLC, and WHDR. It broadcasts on the class C0 105.1 MHz frequency with an ERP of 100,000 watts (100 kilowatts) from a transitter site that is shares with sister station WEDR near Opa Locka, as well as ten other FM radio stations and several TV stations.

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Early History

WHQT's original call sign was WVCG-FM and simulcasted soft instrumental music with sister station, WVCG(AM), the "Voice of Coral Gables". Then, as WYOR, "YOuR beautiful music station", had a foreground music format. For many years they enjoyed a grandfathered license which allowed them to transmit with an effective radiated power of 160,000 watts but with an antenna center of radiation under sixty meters (200 feet) heighth above average terrain. This ended when they relocated the transmitter to a more advantageous location in downtown Miami in the early 1970's. As WYOR, the station promoted themselves with an updated FM radio dial card each year.

Hot 105

On January 10, 1985 at 6 a.m., low-rated AC station, E-Z 105 changed format and calls to urban contemporary WHQT, Hot 105FM. It started out as a Top 40 CHR with Nolan Thomas' "Yo Little Brutha" as the first song. However, with fierce competition from Y-100, 96X (later WPOW/Power 96), and I-95, Hot 105 dropped Top 40 in favor of urban hip hop in 1988. Its main competitor was future sister station, "WEDR, 99 Jamz", and the two stations competed over the 18-49 African American demographic until the mid-1990's. Around that time Cox purchased both stations which led to the end of their competition. WHQT was then skewed more urban AC towards the 25-54 demograhic with a more current R&B and soul-heavy playlist. Hot 105 became one of the original affiliates of the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show when it debuted in 1994. For some time it was the only R&B/Soul station in the market until October 2006 when it gained competition from WMIB, an Urban/Hip Hop-turned-AC station. WMIB has since expanded back to Urban Contemporary as of late 2008.

Digital Radio

The station uses HD Radio technology and offers a traditional (1950's and 1960's) rhythm and blues program, branded "classic soul" on their HD2 channel.

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