|City||Plattsburgh, New York|
|Broadcast area||New York college|
|First air date||1966|
|Former callsigns||WSUP, WKGO, WPLT (Pilot 94)|
|Affiliations||State University of New York at Plattsburgh|
|Owner||State University of New York at Plattsburgh|
|Sister stations||WARP Tele-radio, PSTV|
WQKE, The Quake is broadcast on 93.9 FM in Plattsburgh, New York. The college radio station is supported by the Student Association of SUNY Plattsburgh. The station's studios are located in the Angell College Center on campus and the antenna is located on the Kehoe Administration Building, which is one of the tallest buildings in Plattsburgh. With adjustments made at the station in the fall of 2009, The Quake now broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, offering listeners a wide variety of music including: jazz, funk, soul, indie, punk, hip-hop, blues, techno and other genres.
The station began in 1966 with the radio frequency WSUP and was carried on AM 670. In 1969, the schedule expanded to nearly 24 hours a day. In December 1971, the station changed its call sign to WKGO and moved to 640/650 AM.
In December 1971, the station began a move to an FM frequency and became WPLT, at this point the AM channel still broadcast the station.
In 1979, the station began to air off-campus on 91.1 MHz as "The Sound of the North Country" and became a 10 Watt Class D (secondary) station. In 1981, the frequency was changed to 93.9.
In 1987, the station moved from McDonough Hall to Yokum Hall where the colleges communication department was located.
In 1997, the station sold the WPLT call letters to ABC's "Planet Radio", station affiliate in Detroit, MI and became WQKE, with that money they were able to modernize and digitize their equipment.
2001 - The initial internet broadcast on WQKE.org - marking the first time parents and friends not in the vicinity of Plattsburgh could listen to the Quake.
2002 - The first ever WQKE Starve-athon took place. Bringing community members and college organizations together for a great cause (donating at least 939 cans to the local Interfaith Food shelf).
In 2006, WQKE sponsored the King Quakers dodgeball team. Corey Collins led the team to a first round overtime loss.
In 2007, WQKE moved their studio from Yokum Hall to the Angell College Center.
In 2009, WQKE started using automation software, thus allowing the station to stay on-air 24 hours a day, even when students aren't there to oversee the station.
In 2010, Pnal performed in the quake lounge.
In the fall of 2011, WQKE restarted online streaming.
In the spring of 2012, WQKE received the Vice President of Student Affairs Community Service Award after the station participated in numerous community service endeavors over the course of the 2011-2012 academic year, headlined of their most successful Starve-a-thon can drives in the history of the event. The event also garnered the station an Outstanding Community Service Outreach Program award from the Plattsburgh State Student Association Clubs and Organization Affairs Board at their annual club awards.
In the Fall of 2014, WQKE had a member go the distance in what is known now as The Randomness The Long Haul. DJ Buddy Beast aka Anthony Gallina's a student of SUNY Plattsburgh and member of WQKE. Anthony stayed on the radio 57hours to break the original record of 27hours.
- WQKE's Website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WQKE
- Radio-Locator information on WQKE
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WQKE