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WQXA-FM logo.png
CityYork, Pennsylvania
Broadcast areaSouth Central Pennsylvania
Branding105.7 The X
SloganCentral PA's Only Real Rock Station
Frequency105.7 MHz (HD Radio)
First air date1948
FormatActive Rock
ERP25,000 watts
HAAT215 meters (705 ft)
Facility ID52169
Transmitter coordinates39°59′56.4″N 76°41′41.9″W / 39.999000°N 76.694972°W / 39.999000; -76.694972 (WQXA-FM)Coordinates: 39°59′56.4″N 76°41′41.9″W / 39.999000°N 76.694972°W / 39.999000; -76.694972 (WQXA-FM)
Former call signsWNOW-FM (1948–1973)[1]
WQXA (1973–1991)
OwnerCumulus Media
(Radio License Holding CBC, LLC)
Sister stationsWHGB, WWKL, WNNK-FM, WZCY-FM
WebcastListen Live

WQXA-FM (105.7 FM, "105.7 The X") is a commercial FM radio station licensed to serve York, Pennsylvania. Owned by Cumulus Media, it broadcasts an active rock format serving South Central Pennsylvania. Its studios are located at 2300 Vartan Way in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania[2] and the station's broadcast tower is located near York at (39°59′56.0″N 76°41′42.0″W / 39.998889°N 76.695000°W / 39.998889; -76.695000).[3]


On August 8, 1947, the Federal Communications Commission proposed a new station on 105.7 MHz.[4] The Helm Coal Company was granted a construction permit for the new station on May 12, 1948.[4] The station was granted its first license on May 31, 1950, with the WNOW-FM call sign.[4] On August 1, 1957, the station's license was transferred to WNOW, Inc.[4]

The station's license was transferred to Rust Communications Group, Inc. on June 22, 1972.[4] The call sign was changed to WQXA effective December 1, 1973.[4]

The station was known as "Q106" in the 1980s. In October 1989, the station's branding changed to "Hot 105.7" along with a format change to Dance Music. On November 1, 1991, the call sign was changed to WQXA-FM.[4] In January 1993, the station performed a format stunt, intermittently switching its branding between "Hot 105.7" and "Q106", later switching to "Q106" with a Hot AC format. In May of 1995, the format changed from Hot AC to active rock with a branding change to "105.7 The Edge".[5] Later the format changed to modern rock with a branding change to "105.7 The X".

In 1997, Citadel Broadcasting purchased the station.[6] In 2011, the United States Department of Justice approved the purchase of Citadel Broadcasting by Cumulus Media.[7] The sale was completed September 18, 2011.[8][9]

Following the sale of WTPA to the Educational Media Foundation, WQXA quietly shifted to a mainstream rock lean.[10]


WQXA-FM is short-spaced to WJZ-FM 105.7 The Fan (licensed to serve Catonsville, Maryland) as they operate on the same channel and the cities they are licensed to serve are only 48 miles (77 km) apart.[11] The minimum distance between two Class B stations operating on the same channel according to current FCC rules is 150 miles (240 km).[12] Both stations use directional antennas to reduce their signals toward each other.[13][14]


  1. ^ "Call letter actions" (PDF). Broadcasting. October 8, 1973. p. 72.
  2. ^ "105.7 The X Rocks - Station Info". Retrieved 2014-07-30.
  3. ^ "FM Query Results for WQXA". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2014-08-04.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "History Cards for WQXA-FM". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2018-03-19.
  5. ^ Stark, Phyllis (May 27, 1995). "Vox Jox". Billboard. 107 (21): 106.
  6. ^ "Citadel Communications Corp Prospectus". nasdaq.com. June 30, 1998. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  7. ^ "Cumulus gets antitrust OK to buy Citadel". Retrieved 2014-07-27.
  8. ^ "Radio merger combines local stations under one umbrella". Retrieved 2014-07-30.
  9. ^ "Consummation Notice". Federal Communications Commission. September 18, 2011. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  10. ^ "99.3 Kiss-FM Harrisburg Begins Redirecting Audience To WLAN-FM". RadioInsight. 2018-04-02. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  11. ^ "How Far is it Between Catonsville, Md, United States and York, Pa, United States". Free Map Tools. Retrieved 2018-03-19.
  12. ^ "Minimum distance separation between stations. 47 CFR § 73.207 (b)(1)" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-03-19.
  13. ^ "FM Query Results for WJZ-FM". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2018-03-19.
  14. ^ "FM Query Results for WQXA". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2018-03-19.

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