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Encyclopedia > WDAQ
WDAQ
City of license Danbury, Connecticut
Broadcast area Northwest Fairfield County, Connecticut
Branding 98Q
First air date 1948
Frequency 98.3 MHz
Format CHR
Power 1,300 watts
ERP 3,000 watts
Class A
Callsign meaning W DAnbury Q
Former callsigns WLAD-FM (1948-79)
Owner Berkshire Broadcasting Group
Website www.98q.com

WDAQ (98Q) is a Contemporary Hit Radio station licenced to Danbury, Connecticut and serving the immediate Danbury area. The station is owned by locally-based Berkshire Broadcasting (alongside sister stations WLAD and WREF) and broadcasts on 98.3 MHz with 3 kilowatts ERP from a tower in Danbury. In the United States (and potentially elswhere), each radio station or TV station is assigned a city of license by the Federal Communications Commission that they must serve. While this has become far less meaningful over the decades, stations are still required to post their public file somewhere within the... Nickname: Located in Fairfield County, Connecticut Coordinates: , NECTA Danbury Region Housatonic Valley Incorporated (town) 1702 Incorporated (city) 1889 Consolidated 1965 Government  - Type Mayor-council  - Mayor Mark D. Boughton (R) Area  - City 114. ... Fairfield County is located in the southwestern corner of the U.S. state of Connecticut. ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... FreQuency is a music video game developed by Harmonix and published by SCEI. It was released in November 2001. ... MegaHertz (MHz) is the name given to one million (106) Hertz, a measure of frequency. ... A radio format or programming format describes the overall content broadcast on a radio station. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Top 40 (radio format). ... Nominal power is a measurement of a mediumwave radio stations output used in the United States. ... The watt (symbol: W) is the SI derived unit of power, equal to one joule per second. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The watt (symbol: W) is the SI derived unit of power, equal to one joule per second. ... This is the list of broadcast station classes. ... Call sign can refer to different types of call signs: Airline call sign Aviator call sign Cosmonaut call sign Radio and television call signs Tactical call sign, also known as a tactical designator See also: International Callsign Allocations, Maritime Mobile Service Identity This is a disambiguation page — a navigational... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Top 40 (radio format). ... Nickname: Located in Fairfield County, Connecticut Coordinates: , NECTA Danbury Region Housatonic Valley Incorporated (town) 1702 Incorporated (city) 1889 Consolidated 1965 Government  - Type Mayor-council  - Mayor Mark D. Boughton (R) Area  - City 114. ... MegaHertz (MHz) is the name given to one million (106) Hertz, a measure of frequency. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


History

WDAQ first signed on in 1948 as WLAD-FM, one of the first Class A FM stations to sign on in the United States and the first to sign on in the Danbury area (over a decade prior to the sign on of the higher powered WINE-FM). Originally, the station was part of the Rural Radio Network as one of two Connecticut affiliates of the New York-based network. This programming would last until the 1950s when WLAD-FM evolved into an extension of its then-daytimer sister. WRKI 95. ... Primary coverage of the six Rural Radio Network stations in late 1948. ...


In the mid 1960s, spurred on by FCC regulations forcing FM stations to create formats separate from their AM sister stations, WLAD-FM upgraded to a stereo signal and flipped to easy listening. In 1979, call letters were changed to WDAQ, competing with WEZN from Bridgeport and WHUD from Peekskill, NY for Greater Danbury's easy listening audience. The station gradually shifted to soft adult contemporary. In 1986, the station rebranded itself as "Light 98" FM and shed the easy listening instrumentals. <nowiki>Insert non-formatted text here<nowiki>Insert non-formatted text hereInsert non-formatted text here</nowiki></nowiki> This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


By the late 1980s, WDAQ faced a more crowded market of adult contemporary signals, first from WEBE Westport. Then WEZN contemporized its format. Seeing an opportunity between teen formatted WKCI and mainstream adult contemporary WEBE and soft adult contemporary WEZN, WDAQ was reborn as hot adult contemporary 98Q in September, 1989. The station became instantly popular and shot to #1 within a year, beating sister WLAD and crosstown rocker WRKI.


During its existence as 98Q, the station has been #1 in the majority of Danbury Arbitron market ratings surveys. Part of this success can be traced to the station holding a hyper-Danbury focus as opposed to the more regional focus of other FM stations in the market.


Musical Approach

In recent years, WDAQ has shifted more towards Adult Top 40 with more dayparting. This adjustment appears to have had no negative effect on its Arbitron ratings as 98Q remains the leading station in the Greater Danbury area. Adult Top 40 is a another variation on the Top 40 format, in which this genre is more geared towards an adult audience who are not into Rock music teen Pop, Dance music, Hip-Hop, Modern Rock or slower Adult Contemporary fare. ...


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