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Ground Breaking College Radio
City of license Plattsburgh, New York
Broadcast area New York college
Branding The Quake
Frequency 93.9 MHz
First air date 1966
Format Freeform
ERP 9 watts
HAAT 8.0 meters
Class D
Facility ID 63128
Transmitter coordinates 44°41′40.00″N 73°28′0.00″W / 44.69444°N 73.46667°W / 44.69444; -73.46667
Callsign meaning QuaKE
Former callsigns WSUP, WKGO, WPLT (Pilot 94)
Affiliations State University of New York at Plattsburgh
Owner State University of New York at Plattsburgh
Sister stations WARP Tele-radio, PSTV
Website Website

WQKE, The Quake is broadcast on 93.9 FM in Plattsburgh, New York. The station is supported by the Student Association of SUNY Plattsburgh. The station's studios are located in the Angell College Center on campus and the antenna is located on the Kehoe Administration Building, which is one of the tallest buildings in Plattsburgh. With adjustments made at the station in the fall of 2009, The Quake now broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, offering listeners a wide variety of music including: jazz, funk, soul, indie, punk, hip-hop, blues, techno and other genres.



The station began in 1966 with the radio frequency WSUP and was carried on AM 670. In 1969, the schedule expanded to nearly 24 hours a day. In December 1971, the station changed its call sign to WKGO and moved to 640/650 AM.

In December 1971, the station began a move to an FM frequency and became WPLT, at this point the AM channel still broadcast the station.

In 1979, the station began to air off-campus on 91.1MHz as "The Sound of the North Country" and became a 10 Watt Class D (secondary) station. In 1981, the frequency was changed to 93.9.

In 1987, the station moved from McDonough Hall to Yokum Hall where the colleges communication department was located.

In 1997, the station sold the WPLT call letters to ABC's "Planet Radio", station affiliate in Detroit, MI and became WQKE, with that money they were able to modernize and digitize their equipment.

In 2006, WQKE sponsored the King Quakers dodgeball team. Corey "Ace" Collins led the team to a first round overtime loss.

In 2007, WQKE moved their studio from Yokum Hall to the Angell College Center.

In 2009, WQKE started using automation software, thus allowing the station to stay on-air 24 hours a day, even when students aren't there to oversee the station.

Notable Alumni

  • Matt (Helm) Cord (WMMR)
  • Bill Sheehan
  • Sandra E. Soroka

See also

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