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WRQN logo.png
City of license Bowling Green, Ohio
Broadcast area Toledo metropolitan area
Branding 93.5 WRQN
Frequency 93.5 (MHz)
First air date July 11, 1983 as WRQN
Format 70's
Owner Cumulus Media

WRQN is an American radio station licensed to broadcast from Bowling Green, Ohio. Though licensed to Bowling Green, its primary market and its studios are in the nearby city of Toledo. The station broadcasts at 93.5 on the FM dial, and plays oldies music. Its transmitter is located near Haskins, Ohio.


Before becoming WRQN on July 11, 1983, the station was WAWR, founded by Port Clinton, Ohio resident Robert W. Reider. Reider eventually started and operated WAWR, WRWR in Port Clinton, WLKR in Norwalk, and WKTN in Kenton, all via his "Ohio Radio Incorporated" banner.

Eventually, the call sign was changed to WKIQ. When it became WRQN the station began as a rock station, later adopting a Top 40 format and calling itself "93Q". Despite its weak signal and poor audio quality, the station became very successful and competed with then 92.5 WMHE. The daily on-air line-up included Mason and Diane, Brad Hanson, Joe Thomas, Ted Kelly and Scott Greggory. Eventually former intern turned local personality favorite Johnny D was heard in the evenings, hosting a show called "Dial D" in which most of the time was spent taking phone calls from listeners and rapping about anything the listeners wanted to talk about.

Around 1990 the station boosted their transmitting power to 6,000 watts, improved their sound quality by switching to compact discs from the "cart machine". During this time it was known as "The Chicken" in reference to its mascot, a giant whole broiled chicken dressed in seasonal clothing. It also aired syndicated programs like "Future Hits," "Casey's Top 40," and "Saturday Night Hot Mix." The station also had its own program that aired on Sunday nights called "On the Edge" that played alternative rock that had not yet reached mainstream. But despite consistently beating 92.5, the station did not bill very well.

On October 17, 1991, instead of hearing "Mason & Diane", the station was playing "Louie Louie" by The Kingsmen over and over, similar to way WHNN in Flint, Michigan before it did change to an oldies format on Labor Day of 1990, referring to itself as "Louie 93.5". The station also played a marching band rendition of the song as well during this stunting. On the following Monday, Mason & Diane returned to talk about the new format change to oldies. There was an enormous backlash from the listeners, many of them signing petitions demanding the return of 93Q.

Mason talked about this but said that they were "fighting for a lost cause", and that the station was not changing back. For the first few years the station was known as "Oldies 93.5", focusing on mostly doo wop from the 1950s and 1960s. Today the focus ranges from motown to classic rock of the 1970s.

The year 2006 saw even more improvements at WRQN-FM, as transmitter power was increased, a new tower was built, and the station was the first in the Toledo market to broadcast with IBOC / HD-Radio. Toledo radio legend Bob Kelly was inducted into the Ohio Radio Hall of Fame in October 2006. The current lineup at WRQN features long-time Toledo radio favorites Jim Brady, Ron Finn, Buddy Carr, as well as Bob Kelly with his new partner Becky (replacing Bob's sidekick of 19 years, Dennis Staples).

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Prior to 1965 WAWR played beautiful music days and a top forty program aimed at Bowling Green State University nights. The original host of the night show, Campus Bandstand, was John Pruder later to introduce sports talk to New York as program Director at WHN ( soon to change calls to WFAN )after he was replaced by Bob Ladd in 1968. As program Director Ladd took the format to Oldies days and a Hot Hits format nights with a nightly call-in advice show. The station was known as AWARE RADIO. One night Ladd encouraged callers to protest a proposed format change suggested by a new incoming manager. The protest ended with the manager being fired and Ladd being reinstated. In 1969 the station became the first Album Rock station heard in the Toledo market and Ladd the first Album rock jock. He soon changed his on-air name to The Wizzard and remained night time host until leaving in 1971. Other jocks heard on WAWR included Kim Newsom, mornings and during a jazz show Saturday nights, J R Nelson ( who used the name Big Jim Obrien) Terry Waltz who did news and Jerry Mc Cullen.



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