Infobox Radio station
name = WHXR/WHXQ
city = WHXR:
North Windham, Maine
branding = "The Bone"
frequency = WHXR: 106.7
share = 0.8
share as of = Fa'07
share source = R&R [cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title=Ratings | date= | publisher= | url =http://www.radioandrecords.com/RRRatings/DefaultSearch.aspx | work =Radio and Records | pages = | accessdate = 2008-02-20 | language = ]
Album Oriented Rock
erp = WHXR: 810
haat = WHXR: 190
class = WHXR: A
facility_id = WHXR: 59534
coordinates = WHXR: coord|43|51|6.00|N| 70|19|40.00|W|region:US_type:city
WHXQ: coord|43|35|22.00|N| 70|22|21.00|W|region:US_type:city
former_callsigns = WVYH (1991-1996)
webcast = [http://player.streamtheworld.com/liveplayer.php?CALLSIGN=WHXQFM#Main Listen Live]
website = http://www.boneradio.com
North Windham, Maine& WHXQ 106.3 Scarborough, Maine, or "The Bone", is a FM Radiostation with studios in Portland.
WHXR and WHXQ had planned to switch to
sports talkprovided by Boston's WEEIin January 2008 [cite news |first=Randy |last=Whitehouse |title=Boston's WEEI coming to Maine |url=http://www.sunjournal.com/story/235226-3/LocalSports/Bostons_WEEI_coming_to_Maine/ |work= Lewiston Sun Journal|date= 2007-10-23|accessdate=2008-01-07 ] , but the deal between station owner Nassau Broadcasting Partnersand WEEI owner Entercomended up collapsing. [cite news |title=Entercom-Nassau Deal Falls Through |url=http://www.radioink.com/HeadlineEntry.asp?hid=140600&pt=todaysnews |work= Radio Ink|date= 2008-01-04|accessdate=2008-01-07 ]
The station was originally known as WLAM-FM, and featured an
adult standardsformat known as "The Jewel". The station was simulcast on sister stations WLAM 870 and WZOU 1470 in Lewiston. Portland radio legend Bud Sawyer was one of WLAM's morning hosts.
The station ended up in the hands of WMTW Broadcast Group, and in May 2001, the station's format changed to news/talk. The call letters of WLAM-FM became WMTW-FM, with WLAM becoming WMTW, and WZOU picking up the WLAM call letters and format for several months before reverting to a simulcast of WMTW-FM. The new station was known as "Newsradio WMTW", and featured mostly AP all-news programming.
Despite advertising campaigns on co-owned
WMTW-TV, the all-news format on WMTW-FM suffered low ratings. In late 2003, WMTW Broadcast Group was sold to Nassau Broadcasting. Shortly afterward, Nassau acquired Mariner Broadcasting. It became evident that changes were in the works for the Portland market.
In April 2004, Nassau pulled the plug on the WMTW all-news trimulcast. WMTW-FM gained a simulcast partner in York County's 104.7 WQEZ, and both stations relaunched as classic rock-formated "104.7/106.7 The Bone". WMTW-FM became WHXR, with WQEZ becoming WHXQ. The station attempted to go head-to-head with existing classic rock station
WBLM, and added the Howard Sternshow during the mornings.
However, with Stern's decision to leave
terrestrial radio, WHXR/WHXQ's mornings were put in disarray. Finally, in March 2006, WHXR/WHXQ added the Michigan-based The Free Beer and Hot Wings Show. During summer 2006, WHXR/WHXQ expanded their playlist to become an active rock station.
On October 2, 2008, WHXQ moved to 106.3 on the FM Band. The old frequency, 104.7 has been changed to broadcast as a
The 106.3 signal signed on the air in 1974 as
WJBQ(no relation to the current WJBQ in Portland) changing calls to WDCS and adopting a classical music format in September 1981 involving a frequency swap with 97.9 (Portland, Maine). It later changed to WPKM before adopting the WBQW call sign. It became part of the WBACH network in 1998 and in October 2008 switched call signs and programming with 104.7 (now classical WBQW). The WHXR call sign was orgininally on 104.7 and was acquired by Nassau from Mariner Broadcasting, the same ownership as the W-BACHnetwork, the station was an Adult contemporaryformat with Bob & Sheriin the morning.
* [http://www.BoneRadio.com Station website]
* [http://player.streamtheworld.com/liveplayer.php?CALLSIGN=WHXQFM Listen Online]
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