WBCQ is an international shortwave broadcast station located in Monticello, Maine, USA. We broadcast on 7.490 MHz, 9.330 MHz, 5.130 MHz, and 3.265 MHz. We’ve been bringing access to the airwaves for people like you since 1998.
We have time available on all of our broadcast services open for your programming at the best rates in the industry. Contact us for more information.
For Immediate Release: March 2, 2018
WBCQ The Planet Announces New Showcase Radio Facility
Plymouth Meeting, PA: WBCQ The Planet announced today that it is building one of the most powerful and versatile radio stations in the world. WBCQ’s new shortwave radio station, now under construction in Monticello, Maine, features a new 500-kilowatt transmitter from Continental Electronics and a state-of-the-art antenna system from Ampegon Antenna of Switzerland.
The new station, funded by private investors, will be able to direct a powerful shortwave signal to any country on Earth. Our new facility is planned to be a showcase for the radio world and is dedicated to our free speech mission.
The new station is planned to commence operations in fall 2018.
About WBCQ The Planet: WBCQ is an international shortwave broadcast station located in Monticello, Maine, USA. We broadcast on 7.490 MHz, 9.330 MHz, 5.130 MHz, and 3.265 MHz. We’ve been bringing access to the airwaves for people like you since 1998.
We lost one of our transmitters in a fire on Dec. 10th. However, it is one of five 50KW transmitters on site. We have moved 7490 to transmitter #3 which is capable of super modulation and a great signal. All other transmitters are working well at WBCQ.
We will be replacing the fire damaged transmitter with a new unit. As WBCQ is run more or less as a public service to free speech radio, your financial support is welcome. We have a go fund me site at https://www.gofundme.com/wbcq-radio-replacement-transmitter if you wish to help.
Please continue to support free speech radio.
It is with great satisfaction that we announce that the 3265 transmitter is ready for lease. All the audio issues are worked out and its big signal is ready. This new premium service is now available on a first come, first serve basis. The prime time for programming is 8 to midnight US eastern time.
For the occasional radio broadcaster we offer this great deal to get you on the air.
- Send us $50 and a one hour audio file of your program.
- We’ll play your program on our 7490 transmitter at the next best time available on our schedule.
- We’ll run your show on our 5130 transmitter, at no extra cost, at the best next time available.
- We’ll send you an email message when your program will air.
This is a great deal for those programmers who wish to get on the air from time to time.
WBCQ strongly supports the United States of America’s constitutional right to free speech. Programs aired by WBCQ’s clients are not censored in any way.
WBCQ believes that it’s programmers have the right to express themselves on the airwaves in any way they seem fit. This is why you will find a diverse mix of music, talk, commentary, spiritual, religious, and commercial programming on WBCQ. WBCQ only restricts programming content if the programmer directly advocates harming other human beings based on their race, creed, or national origin.
WBCQ welcomes your comments concerning the station’s free speech policy.
August 1997: Allan Weiner and Scott Becker are guests on Boston radio station WRKO. Allan also appears on Howard Stern’s radio and television shows at this time.
December 19, 1997: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) grants a license for WBCQ to commence shortwave broadcasting from Monticello, Maine.
September 8, 1998: WBCQ 7.415 MHz officially signs on for the first time with Allan Weiner Worldwide.
September 21, 1998: Hour of the Time, with Bill Cooper, commences broadcasting on WBCQ.
September 21, 1999: Marion’s Attic begins a half hour show, Tuesdays at 4:30PM, on WBCQ.
October 23, 1999: Radio Timtron Worldwide premieres on WBCQ, at 5PM on Saturday, on WBCQ 7415.
February 21, 2000: WBCQ’s second shortwave service begins regular broadcasting on 9.340 MHz. The first regular customer for the new service is James Lloyd’s Christian Media Network, which starts broadcasting weekdays from 8AM to 5PM eastern time. On February 28, Christian Media switched it’s schedule on the new service, from 5PM to 2AM weekdays. In April the new service switched from 9.340 MHz to 9.330 MHz.
April 1, 2000: Marion’s Attic moves to Saturdays at 9PM and expands to an hour.
June 16, 2000: Complex Variables Studio presents “The Life and Times of Marion Webster” on the show “Hear Now,” hosted by Tasha Femkins.
July 28, 2000: Tasha Takes Control airs for the first time on WBCQ.
October 28, 2000: The FCC authorizes 17.495 MHz for WBCQ’s third shortwave service.
November 3, 2000: The Scream of the Butterfly commences broadcasting on WBCQ.
November 26, 2000: WBCQ 17.495 MHz conducts a low power (4 KW) test transmission.
January 20, 2001: The Big Kaboom, hosted by Brother X, begins on WBCQ.
February 5, 2001: WBCQ 17.495 MHz commences regular programming. Global Spirit Proclamation is on weekdays from 1900 to 2200 UTC, and on Saturdays from 1700 to 2200 UTC, six hours of music, merriment and fun is provided by Complex Variables Studio.
March 20, 2001: Juliet’s Wild Kingdom begins a long run on WBCQ.
November 6, 2001: William Cooper, host of Hour of the Time on WBCQ, is killed in a shootout with police officers at his home in Eager, Arizona.
February 24, 2002: Radio Free Euphoria with Captain Ganja, and Radio 3 with Sal Amoniac begin on WBCQ.
September 27, 2002: Pan Global Wireless begins on WBCQ.
February 1, 2003: Planet World News begins on WBCQ.
Summer 2003: Timtron interviews Eagles’ guitarist and radio amateur Joe Walsh on the M/S Katie, who suggests the name Area 51 for a new Sunday night block of programming for WBCQ’s new service on 5.100 MHz.
July 11, 2003: WBCQ begins testing it’s fourth service on 5.100 MHz, initially simulcasting 7.415 MHz. On August 12, this service shifts to 5.105 MHz to avoid interference from a utility station.
July 27, 2003: Area 51, a block of eclectic programming hosted by Timtron, Michael Ketter, and Allan Weiner, debuted at 8PM ET on 5.100 MHz.
November, 2003: WBCQ joins the National Association of Shortwave Broadcasters.
June 30, 2004: Radio Six International begins regular broadcasts on WBCQ.
September 9, 2004: The first ever live remote broadcast from the M/S Katie commences at 11:00PM eastern time on WBCQ 5.105 MHz.
March 12, 2006: Jennifer’s music show 867-5309 starts on WBCQ 7.415. Originally presented at 8PM ET Saturdays, the show soon moved to Fridays at 7PM ET on WBCQ 7.415 MHz.
April 1, 2006: WBCQ announces The Timtron Network.
December 21, 2007: Area 51 is revived, now running Mondays through Saturdays from 5-7PM ET on WBCQ 5.110 MHz. The Area 51 revival continues until May 19, 2008.
Spring 2008: WBCQ’s daytime service moves from 17.495 MHz to 15.420 MHz.
February 20, 2016: WBCQ’s first transmission on 3.250 MHz commences with Allan Weiner Worldwide at 0000 UTC.
February 29, 2016: WBCQ’s 59 meter service moves from 5.110 MHz to 5.130 MHz.
October 10, 2017: WBCQ’s 92 meter service moves from 3.250 MHz to 3.265 MHz.