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WKQC
K1047logo.jpg
City of license Charlotte, North Carolina
Broadcast area Charlotte/Metrolina
Branding "K104.7"
Slogan Cool Songs/Charlotte's Cool Music Station
Frequency 104.7 MHz
Format Adult Contemporary
ERP 100,000 watts (directional with beam tilt)
Callsign meaning W
K
104.7 (branding)
Queen City
(nickname for Charlotte)
Owner CBS Radio
Sister stations WBAV, WFNZ, WBCN, WNKS, WPEG, WSOC-FM
Website http://www.k1047.com/

WKQC, a CBS Radio adult contemporary radio station in Charlotte, North Carolina. The station goes by the name "K 104.7" with the slogan "Cool Songs."

The station receives exceptional interference from another 104.7 (WNOK) in Columbia, just 75 miles south. The Chester & Lancaster areas are affected the most with interference from both stations.

The station shares office, studio and production space and resources with fellow CBS owned WNKS-FM "Kiss 95.1" near the Clanton Road interchange of Interstate 77 in Charlotte.

History

In the 1970s, Charlotte had two beautiful music stations—WYFM and WBT-FM. By the mid-70s, WYFM was WEZC "EZ-104" and had a 100,000-watt signal. In September 1978, WBT-FM changed to rock and became WBCY, leaving WEZC as the city's only beautiful music station. In December 1982, even though the area had two other soft adult contemporary FM stations—WLVV "Love 97" and WZXI—WEZC changed to soft adult contemporary as well. The switch generated so many protests that WZXI moved to fill the gap.

During the 1980s, WEZC gradually evolved from soft adult contemporary to mainstream adult contemporary. The station's most famous personality was controversial morning host Chuck Boozer.

In 1989, WEZC completed its transition with a name change to WMXC "Mix 104.7", and the WEZC call letters were picked up by a new AC station on the 102.9 frequency.[1] In 1994, with WLNK (formerly WBT-FM) and WLYT (formerly the "new" WEZC) competing, WMXC became WSSS "Star 104.7", playing "Super Sounds of the Seventies". 80s music was added later [2] and the station later went all-80s. Classic hits was also tried. But even though format changes generated brief ratings improvement, nothing worked until the station returned to adult contemporary music, with an emphasis on older songs. The switch to the current name and call letters came after the station played just Christmas music during the 2004 holiday season. The re-birth of K104.7 was directed by CBS Operations Manager John Reynolds and AC Consultant Gary Berkowitz along with Market Manager Bill Schoening and General Manager Keith Cornwell.

In January 2007, former Boston-area programming legend Tom Jeffries, who had been Program Director/Morning Host since the station's flip in 2004, resigned to go into semi-retirement. In April 2007, the station picked up local TV meteorologist Derek James as the new morning host, while promoting Scarlet C. to Asst. Program Director and T. Edward Bensen to Music Director. The station eliminated its entire on-air staff in October 2008, with the only exception being Holly Haze from 7pm-12am weekdays. Some other positions were cut as well at the same time. The station hired Jon Robinson to do mornings from 6am-12pm. He recently has added co-host & executive producer Heather Skipper to the show. Robinson has been frequently absent and was arrested in late October 2009 for violating a protective order.[3] On November 18, 2009 he was removed from the station's website. No report as to when he was terminated.

WKQC calls itself "Christmas K-104.7" when it shifts to its all-Christmas format. The station also uses holiday-themed jingles. Initially, it airs the all-Christmas format only on weekends leading up to Thanksgiving, with a mix of regular and Christmas songs on the weekdays. On the week of Thanksgiving, the all-Christmas format runs on a full-time basis, as of Christmas 2008. The station bills itself as the Carolinas' radio home for the holidays, a title that Lite 102.9 once held exclusively until 2004, when both stations started going head-to-head.

References

  1. ^ Jeff Borden, "WEZC Has New Format, Call Letters; New Playlist Aims at Both Sexes", The Charlotte Observer, March 21, 1989.
  2. ^ Bill Keveney, "Star 104.7 Tweaks Its '70s Format", The Charlotte Observer, January 25, 2000.
  3. ^ http://arrestinquiryweb.co.mecklenburg.nc.us/ArrestAndCharges.aspx?FirstName=JON&MiddleName=STEWART&LastName=ROBINSON&PID=273902&ArrestNumber=1430512&BrowseLastName=Robinson&BrowseFirstName=Jon&BrowseArrest=&BrowseArrestDate=&BrowseLastDayArrests=

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