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WUUQ
Broadcast area Chattanooga
Branding "Q97.3/Q99.3"
Slogan Chattanooga's Classic Top 40
Frequency 97.3 MHz, 99.3 MHz
Format Classic Hits
ERP 16,000 watts, 250 watts
Class C2, D,
Owner 3 Daughters Media
Website http://www.wuuqradio.com

WUUQ-FM is a radio station serving the Chattanooga, Tennessee area, broadcasting on two different frequencies. The main frequency is 97.3 MHz FM which is licensed to South Pittsburg, Tennessee. There is a low powered translator that serves the Chattanooga, Tennessee area. It is 99.3 FM licensed to Lookout Mountain, Tennessee with the call-sign W257AZ. This station currently broadcasts a Classic Top-40 format known as Q97.3/Q99.3. These stations are owned by 3 Daughters Media. Joe Mule` is General Manager and Dale Mitchell is Operations Manager/Program Director. The station currently airs the syndicated "Classic Top-40" format playing hits of the 60's and 70's, and featuring high-profile, nationally-known radio personalities Jim Zippo (mornings), Charlie Tuna (middays), Eric Chase (afternoons), Marty "With The Party" Thompson (nights), and John "Records" Landecker (weekend).

History

In 1999, Cumulus Broadcasting owned rhythmic oldies WLOV at 97.3 FM and WLMX-AM at 980, as well as WUSY, WKXJ, and WLMX-FM[1][2]. In 2000, Cumulus announced it would buy 11 radio stations in 4 markets from Clear Channel Communications in exchange for 25 radio stations in 5 markets plus cash. WLOV, WIIS-AM, WUSY, WKXJ and WLMX-FM were included in this transaction[3].

When the 97.3 frequency was still owned by Clear Channel, WLOV was urban contemporary and also heard on 99.3 FM. The 980 frequency was sports talk WUUS. Other Clear Channel stations were WUSY, WKXJ, WRXR (the former WLMX-FM) and WSGC[4].

WMAX ("The Max: Maximum 80s"[5]) played 1980s music until June 7, 2005, changing its letters to WNGA in December 2005 and its format to classic country[6].

3 Daughters Media bought WNGA-FM and WUUS from Clear Channel in a deal announced late in 2006.[7] "The Legend" moved to 98.1 FM when Clear Channel sold the station. 3 Daughters Media took over the station on June 22, 2007 and launched a Classic Hits station as U97.3/99.3. The station later changed its moniker to "Classic Hits WUUS" before changing the call letters to WUUQ in December of 2008. The call letter change coincided with a switch from locally-originated programming to the syndicated "Classic Top-40" format.

In January 2009 WUUS-AM 980AM broke away from the triple-cast and became Talk 980AM.

References

  1. ^ http://www.cumulus.com/cc_044.html, Retrieved on 2008/12/10.
  2. ^ http://www.shgresources.com/tn/radio, Retrieved on 2008/12/10.
  3. ^ http://www.radiodiversity.com/archives/000925.shtml, Retrieved on 2008/12/10.
  4. ^ http://www.fybush.com/site-020515.html, Retrieved on 2008/12/10.
  5. ^ http://www.ontheradio.net/metro/chattanooga_tn.aspx, retrieved on 2008/12/10.
  6. ^ "WUSY Country At Top Of The List, Air America Off The Charts," The Chattanoogan, April 5, 2006.
  7. ^ "Deals," Broadcasting & Cable, October 2, 2006.

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