WQEN

WQEN

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WQEN (103.7 FM, "103-7 the Q") is a radio station licensed to serve Trussville, Alabama, USA. The station is owned by Clear Channel Communications. Other stations in the Birmingham market owned by Clear Channel include WDXB (102.5 FM), WERC-FM (105.5 FM), WERC (960 AM and its FM translator on 103.1), and WMJJ (96.5 FM).

It broadcasts a Top 40 music format to Birmingham and north-central Alabama.

History

In October 1966, the station that is now WQEN signed on as WLJM-FM, licensed to Gadsden. The call letters stood for Lloyd, John and Mary Faye, the three children of original owner Charlie Boman. In 1974, WJLM was sold to Charles Smithgall and Mike McDougald who operated WAAX, also in Gadsden. In 1975, the FM station took its current call letters. After a brief run as an automated easy listening radio station, WQEN became one of the first FM Top 40 stations in Alabama, known on the air as "Super Q-104" and "Q-104 The Southern Super Giant". For over 30 years, WQEN has been a Top 40 station.

By 1976, the transmitter for WQEN was moved to Steele, some 15 miles south of Gadsden, and the power of its signal was increased to 100,000 watts. This enabled Q-104 to cover Gadsden, east Alabama, and many areas of the Birmingham metropolitan area. During this time WQEN was "Super Q-104" and "Q-104 The Southern Super Giant." Except for a brief...
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