Robert Meister recollects...
I was chief engineer there for four years in the mid 1970s. Tom Osenkowsky took
over after I left (he did the same thing at WNHU, but that won't happen again).
I remember wiring their first studio (in the student center) for stereo, then they
obtained an old Gates tube stereo generator to go with their 10w Gates tube
transmitter (I forget the models; this was 1960s technology at its best). Each unit
was approximately 19x19 inches and chock full of tubes. They expanded into newer
rooms and I remember doing some wiring there on a solid-state Gates console
(probably eight channels) that had multiple plug-in modules. As I was leaving, they
got a new Versa-Count self-contained 10w solid-state stereo exciter. I had a
logbook of the work I performed (not a station log, merely a personal log) but I
tossed it sometime during this century.
I remember just one student who was there when I was: Brett Rushon. He later worked at the FM station in
Tom Osenkowsky continues...
addition in early 1991. WQAQ studios and transmitter were located in the Student
Center and were to be rebuilt near its former footprint. The architect designed a
new facility that housed Studio "A", the Control Room, Studio "B", the Production
Room and the Record Library in one room, which allowed either the on-air DJ or
person doing production to access the records. It was conveyed to the architect
that vinyl theft was a growing concern. While this design allowed monitoring of
movement of the records it was not acceptable for broadcast studios. The design
was altered and construction began as Operation Desert Storm raged on. WQAQ
purchased a new LPB Signature III console for Studio "A". I used the Autogram
AC-8 in Studio "B" and retired the Autogram AC-6 previously used there. The
Record Library was part of Studio "A", which also contained the rack in which
WQAQ's transmitter was housed.
In June, 1996 WQAQ was granted a license by the FCC to change its frequency from 88.3 MHz to 98.1 MHz. An allocation study was commissioned to determine if WQAQ could increase power to 100 Watts ERP to meet Class A minimum power. No FM band frequency would permit an increase so WQAQ remains a Class D FM station. A new
The studios were again reconstructed years later. Two Audioarts R-90 consoles
were purchased for each studio along with Telos 1x6 telephone interfaces, Denon
DN-C635 CD players and a ProTools digital editor for production. Studio "A" was
configured with a guest tabletop and guest microphones to allow interviews as
well as multiple DJ shows. A Mac computer serves as music and program storage
In the summer of 2006 the flagpole cellular tower atop the
which WQAQ's antenna was mounted was dismantled by order of the President of
on a wood pole is employed by WQAQ as a Class D FM station.