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WRBQ-FM
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City of license Tampa, Florida
Broadcast area Tampa Bay Area
Branding Tampa Bay's Q105
Frequency 104.7 (MHz)
First air date 1973 (as WRBQ; actual sign-on as WPKM unknown)
Format Classic Hits
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 171 meters
Class C1
Facility ID 11943
Callsign meaning Ralph Beaver (station engineer)
Q is used in Q105
Owner CBS Radio
Sister stations WLLD, WQYK, WQYK-FM, WSJT, WYUU
part of CBS Corp. cluster with TV station WTOG
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.myq105.com

WRBQ-FM (104.7 FM, "Q105") is a commercial classic hits music formatted radio station in Tampa, Florida.

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History

Formerly WPKM and later WEZX, 104.7 switched to a rock ’n roll format as Q105 in December 1973, home to the Q-Morning Zoo, Cleveland Wheeler, Scott Shannon, Dave Saint, Jack Harris, Bill Garcia, Uncle Johnny, Alan O’Brien, Tedd Webb and a host of other top talents. The first FM rock station in the market to use live DJs, it quickly overtook WLCY-FM, which had signed on three years earlier with an automated rock format.

According to engineer Ralph Beaver, the station's call sign was created when they were looking for a set of unique call letters and tossing out ideas, he suggested ‘RB’ (which happened to be his initials). Southern Broadcasting, which then owned the station, had just signed on WRVQ in Richmond, Virginia, and ‘RB’ was available, creating a call sign that sounded similar to its sister station.

When it signed on, WRBQ-FM was owned by Southern Broadcasting. In 1978, the station was purchased by Harte-Hanks, then in 1983 by Edens Broadcasting, headed by former Southern Broadcasting and Harte-Hanks executive Gary Edens.

For the first 20 years, Q105 was a contemporary hits and dominated in the ratings in Tampa. In the early eighties, Program Director Scott Shannon & Morning Man Cleveland Wheeler began the "Q Morning Zoo," which spawned imitators across the industry. The station was able to maintain its popularity until 1989, when crosstown Oldies station WFLZ changed to an aggressive Top 40 format called "The Power Pig." Part of WFLZ's plan was to make fun of Q105. The main aspect of their campaign were billboards all over Tampa saying "Screw The Q" with the letter "Q" and a large screw through it.

Q105 continued on against The Power Pig for a few more years, but was unable to regain the ratings they once enjoyed. In 1993, the station was purchased by Clear Channel Communications who switched the station to a country music format, keeping the Q105 name and logo (albeit recolored in a red, white and blue motif). The switch to country was an immediate ratings success climbing from 13th all the way to 2nd, beating every station except rival country competitor WQYK-FM.

At one time, WRBQ was the flagship radio station for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League, becoming perhaps the first top-40 station in the U.S. to carry live play-by-play sporting events. Jesse Ventura--the former professional wrestler and actor who later became governor of Minnesota--was one of the team's color analysts.

In 2000, as a result of the merger of Clear Channel and AMFM, WRBQ was sold to Infinity Broadcasting, now CBS Radio. In 2002, under the lobbying of former WRBQ Program Director Mason Dixon, who was Program Director of WRBQ's sister station, 92.5/WYUU, which at the time was an oldies station, WRBQ and WYUU exchanged formats. WYUU became the "Outlaw 92.5." (WYUU later dropped country for a Hispanic format.) WRBQ became an oldies station. Since 2002, WRBQ has had an oldies format under program director Mason Dixon, first as Oldies 104.7, then back to the Q105 branding in July 2005, tweaking the format to classic hits. Mason can still be heard weekday mornings from 5:30 to 10 with Nikki Cruz. You can also stream them live at myQ105.com or wrbq.fm.[1]

Personalities

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Present

The current lineup (as of December 26, 2008):

  • Mason In The Morning with Mason Dixon[2] and Nikki Cruz[3]
  • Scott Walker (Middays; also program director)
  • JoJo Kincaid (Afternoon drive-time)
  • The Tom Kent Radio Network (Evenings)
  • Jack Miller (Weekends)

Past

  • Bill Connolly
  • JoJo Walker
  • Rico Blanco
  • "Marvelous Marvin" Boone
  • Mike Reeves
  • Marc Haze
  • John Kelly
  • Terrance McKeever
  • Scott Shannon
  • Dave Saint
  • Bill Garcia
  • Uncle Johnny
  • Dave Collins
  • Tim Davidson
  • Alan O’Brien
  • Don Wallis
  • Tedd Webb
  • Alicia Kaye
  • Jon "Rock N Roll" Anthony
  • Ronnie "Night Train" Lane
  • Arch Deal
  • Nancy Alexander
  • Roger Shulman
  • Pat Brooks
  • Cat Sommers
  • Brian "BC" Christopher
  • Chuck Bear
  • Dave Mann
  • Pat George
  • Brian Thomas (PD & on-air)
  • Scott Summers
  • Deputy Mike
  • Jack Harris
  • Kathy "Wild" West
  • Shadow Logan, aka JoJo Morales
  • T.R. Campbell
  • Doug Bevis as "Bevis"
  • Brandon David
  • Kevin Summers
  • Tramonte Watts
  • Cosmic Jon Barry
  • Mike Rivers
  • Al Brock
  • Cleveland Wheeler
  • Randy Kabrich
  • Brian Christopher
  • John Clay
  • Nancy Knight
  • Mike Williams (Fudge)
  • Mark Alan Biggs [4]

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