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|City of license||Washington, D.C.|
|Broadcast area||Washington, D.C.|
|Slogan||"All the Hits"|
(also on HD Radio)
|First air date||1948|
|Format||Analog/HD-1: Hot AC
HD-2: WMAL simulcast
|HAAT||246 meters (807 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||Washington RoQX (Rocks)|
|Former callsigns||WMAL-FM (1948-1979)|
(Radio License Holding VII, LLC)
|Sister stations||WMAL, WMAL-FM|
WRQX (107.3 FM, "MiX 107-3") is an American commercial radio station licensed to serve the community of Washington, D.C.. The station broadcasts a hot adult contemporary music format to the Washington Metropolitan Area. WRQX is currently owned and operated by Cumulus Media with the broadcast license held by Radio License Holding VII, LLC.
Established in 1948, the station's studios are located at 4400 Jenifer Street NW in Washington, two blocks from the city's border with Maryland. The station's transmitter resides at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue NW and 41 Street NW in the northwestern section of the district.1
107.3 was previously a top 40 station known as "Q107."2 That had been the station's format dating back to 1979; before that, it was an album oriented rock station, and before that easy listening/classical music outlet WMAL-FM (known as "The Soft Explosion"), sharing a base call sign with WMAL (630 AM). As an easy listening/classical station, programming was mostly automated with the exception of the weekday and Saturday mornings when the station simulcast the "Harden and Weaver" show on WMAL. Automation was reduced considerably when the station became "The Soft Explosion," and eliminated entirely when the station adopted the nickname, "Q107." On Friday, August 31, 1990, at Noon, the station changed to the current "Mix 107.3".3 The first song on "Mix" was "Let The Music Play" by Shannon.
WRQX is one of the many Disney/ABC Radio stations that merged with Citadel Broadcasting; Citadel, in turn, merged with Cumulus Media on September 16, 2011.4 The station's slogan is "All the Hits", playing mainly hit pop music from the 2000s. Previous slogans have been "We play the best mix of...everything", "Not too hard, not too light", "Washington's Best Music Mix", and "Today's Best Hits."
"Mix 107.3" updated its logo in 2012. The current logo, which now reads "MiX 107-3", now has the station name in a narrower italic font, with a hyphen replacing the decimal point between the 7 and the 3, and 3 curved lines above the dotted I.
On April 27, 2013, long-time morning show host Jack Diamond was unexpectedly released from the station due to his contract expiring and not being renewed by station management. Diamond has been at the station since the day the station flipped to "Mix" in 1990. It is being widely speculated that the station will take their morning show in a new direction to compete against WIHT; to this end, Bert Weiss, currently the host of "The Bert Show" on sister WWWQ/Atlanta (and formerly Diamond's co-host), will take over morning drive beginning May 16. "The Bert Show" will be syndicated from Atlanta.
- Yorke, Jeffrey (February 21, 1995). "A New Setting for Diamond?; WRQX Morning Host Mulls West Coast Job Offers". The Washington Post. p. D7.
- Potts, Mark (November 3, 1990). "Rap, Rock-and-Roll Make Way for Hot AC; WRQX Changes Tunes to Attract Ad Dollars". The Washington Post. p. C1.
- Yorke, Jeffrey (September 4, 1990). "WRQX-FM's Format Flop; Station Switches Its Mix to Fight Declining Ratings". The Washington Post. p. C7.
- "Cumulus now owns Citadel Broadcasting". Atlanta Business Journal. September 16, 2011. Retrieved September 16, 2011.
- Official website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WRQX
- Radio-Locator information on WRQX
- Query Arbitron's FM station database for WRQX
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