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WLVQ QFM96.jpg
City of license Columbus, Ohio
Broadcast area Columbus, Ohio
Branding Q-FM 96
Slogan Ohio's Best Rock
Frequency 96.3 (MHz)
First air date February 14, 1977
Format Classic rock
ERP 18,000 watts
HAAT 229 meters
Class B
Facility ID 11277
Transmitter coordinates 39°58′16.0″N 83°01′40.0″W / 39.97111°N 83.02778°W / 39.97111; -83.02778
Owner Wilks Broadcasting
Webcast Listen Live

WLVQ is an FM radio station in Columbus, Ohio, United States, broadcasting on 96.3 MHz. Its brand identifier is Ohio's Best Rock, QFM 96. WLVQ is currently owned by Wilks Broadcasting and plays classic rock.

Q-FM 96 is one of 5 rock stations in the radio market in Columbus, the others being CD 101, Radio 106.7, 99.7 The Rock, and The Brew @ 105.7.


Originally known as WLWF-FM, the 96.3 MHz frequency was owned by the Crosley Broadcasting Corporation along with sister station WLW-C (now WCMH-TV). The current WLVQ began operations in 1959 as WTVN-FM, owned by Taft Broadcasting Company along with sister stations WTVN (AM) and WTVN-TV (now WSYX). In 1966, the call letters changed to WBUK and the format was changed to adult contemporary. The station again switched formats and started playing "Beautiful Music" (easy listening) in 1969. The station reverted to the WTVN-FM call letters in 1974, but continued to play "Beautiful Music."

The station adopted its current identity on February 14, 1977. The first song they played was; 'New Kid In Town' by The Eagles. For many years the station's mascot was The Q Kangaroo, a creature selected by a listener in a contest.

WTVN (AM) still exists, but is owned by Clear Channel Communications, and is no longer affiliated with WLVQ. WLVQ was operated by Clear Channel for a number of years before its sale to Infinity Broadcasting (now CBS Radio). In October 2006 CBS announced an agreement to sell the station to Wilks Broadcast Group, LLC. In November 2006, Wilks Broadcasting took over WLVQ via a local marketing agreement. They wasted no time making changes, quickly firing PD Dave Cooper and midday host Dave Man in December. Chris Thomas was promoted to program director. On May 2, 2009, Megan Slater became the program director and mid-day host. The station's owner is Jeff Wilks.

WLVQ airs the Wags & Elliott morning show. Other popular personalities include The Joe Show and Archie. They also feature the parody band The Dan Orr Project.

Previous airStaff

  • Dave Man
  • Tom Teuber
  • Pat Still
  • John Fisher
  • Beth Kepple
  • Tim Smith
  • Steve Kerrigan
  • Bill Pugh
  • Wendy Steele
  • Mark Munch Bishop
  • Fran Kovac
  • J.J.Jeffries
  • Jo Robinson
  • Lee Randall
  • Brent Bodhi Ebright
  • Mike Eiland
  • Sue Wiggins
  • Buzz Knight
  • Steve Runner
  • Russell Carey
  • Sky Walker
  • Dave Lawrence
  • Gail Hogan
  • Barry Katz
  • Curt Boster

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