WBCQ Chronology

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.

06 June 2008 by cosmikdebris
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