WQMV AM 1060 & 93.5 FM
Playing the Best of 30 Years of Rock & Roll
For over 30 years Rock & Roll music dominated the airwaves of America and reflected the mood and energy of the nation.
In today’s world of packaged formats and automated radio stations, fans of real rock & roll find it impossible to enjoy the songs that were a soundtrack for their lives.
WQMV has developed a format that features the best of the entire rock & roll era. WQMV plays songs from 1955, the year that the first rock & roll song charted, to the 80s when the rise of the urban sound and modern country became a more profitable format for stations and record labels.
WQMV not only plays the top songs from each of the years of the rock era but we also play the songs that you remember but maybe they didn’t make a huge impact on the sales charts. We invite you to listen to WQMV and we can guarantee you will enjoy getting to hear once again the songs that played such a part in your life and relive the memories that they inspire.
Stream us online by clicking on the Jukebox on this page
and enjoy the Soundtrack of your Life from the best of 30 years of Rock & Roll.
Heard it on the Radio
By Austin Taylor
In most of my articles, we discuss the music of the rock & roll era and explore the stories behind the music, but sometimes it is more about how we hear the music. What inspired this thought was an event that occurred this month back in 1989.
For the first time in the Rock & Roll era, CDs outsold vinyl records. Vinyl records had been the main medium for music for the entire 20th century. None of the challengers, 8 track tape or cassette tapes, had come close to passing vinyl records in sales. After being introduced in 1982, CDs took less than 7 years to become the medium of choice for the music buying public. By 1989, the 45 single had disappeared from record store shelves and long play albums had been reduced to a novelty corner of most stores. For students of music history this is no real surprise, after all the 331/3 RPM long play album and 45 single had replaced the 78 RPM format that had been the venue for the first music bought for home use and had been one of the formats that “Rock Around the Clock”, the first rock song, had been released on. Change has always been part of the music industry.
Consider the changes in how we listen to music we enjoy. At the dawn of the rock & roll era in 1955, AM radio dominated the airwaves. That medium presented music in a mono format and suffered from other limitations but it had been the industry standard since its introduction in 1920. Even though the first commercial FM radio station went on the air in 1939, AM radio ruled! Both AM and FM stations were broadcast in mono, which didn’t really matter since all music records at the time were produced in mono. Moreover, since the operation costs for an AM station was considerably cheaper than FM to operate and with few advantages it was no surprise that AM radio was king.
Then in 1957, things began to change again when the stereo format began to be offered to the public. By the early 1960s, stereo record playing equipment was becoming the norm for both home and automobiles so it only followed that the radio industry would soon follow. In 1961, the first FM stereo station was approved by the FCC and the advantage shifted from AM broadcasting. By the early 1970s, the majority of broadcast industry consultants agreed that music on AM was on its way out. They felt the medium couldn’t compete with stereo FM stations and by the late 1970s, most AM stations had shifted to the all talk format.
However, things began to change again in late 1990s when a new generation of AM transmitters began coming on the market that used the digital format and it gave a greater range to music broadcast on the AM band. Even though music more than likely will never become the dominate format on the AM band again, it does give the AM broadcaster more format options.
Humphreys County entered the 21st Century without a local radio presence but in 2005 WQMV went on the air broadcasting on the AM 1060 frequency giving our community a source for news, sports and music. In 2010, DCDL Media upgraded to a new digital AM transmitter giving our music a richer sound. On July 1st of this year WQMV added a stereo FM signal to better serve Humphreys County on the 93.5 FM frequency. Our goal was to give our listeners a great listening experience. Things have definitely changed on how WQMV delivers the best music from 30 years of the rock & roll era.
Here is an interesting piece of trivia about the changing mediums of music. In 2005, the sales of digital downloading of music surpassed CDs as the favorite way of purchasing songs. Also, in a bit of irony, in 2015 the sales of vinyl albums passed the sale of CDs and home stereo equipment is becoming more popular and available in America. It makes you wonder how we will be buying and listening to music by end of this century!
You can hear the best of the Rock & Roll era every day on WQMV AM 1060, 93.5 FM and stream our programming from our website at WQMV1060.com.
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WQMV Regular Weekly Programs
Rock & Rolls 1st Decade 11am Mondays
This program explores what happened each day during the first ten years of the Rock & Roll era. This locally produced weekly program is hosted by Austin Taylor.
Snapshot 11am Wednesdays
This program examines the events that occurred during each week of the Rock era. Snapshot is written and hosted by Austin Taylor.
Tennessee Valley Views 8:10am Fridays
Every Friday WQMV does a remote broadcast from the Waverly Café where Wayne Coats hosts Tennessee Valley Views and interviews guests to keep our listeners informed about what is going on in Humphreys County.
The Feature Friday Countdown 11am Fridays
Each Friday we pick another week from 1955 to 1985 and count down the top 10 songs from the Cashbox Hot 100 music charts. Hosted by Austin Taylor, the Feature Friday Countdown demonstrates the strength of WQMV’s record library that boasts over 6000 songs.
Woods & Water 5:10pm Fridays
Woods & Water is WQMV’s outdoor show hosted by TWRA agent Ken Smith. The show keeps Humphreys’ County hunters and fishermen up to date on what is happening in the Woods & Water.
Waverly Church of Christ Services
10am & 6:30pm Sundays
Each Sunday, WQMV carries the Waverly Church of Christ morning and evening services live. The morning services are rebroadcast at 1pm on WAV3, Comcast Channel 3, Waverly’s Government Access Channel.
Richland Ave Church of Christ Sunday Services 11am
Every Sunday, WQMV carries the Richland Ave Church of Christ morning services. If you can not join the members of the Richland Ave Church of Christ for their services, they invite you to listen to their weekly broadcast.
The Daily Devotional 12:30pm Monday – Friday
Every Monday through Friday the members of the Waverly Church of Christ invite you to tune into their daily devotional aired on WQMV. This 15 minute program is designed to provide the listener with a daily dose of spiritual encouragement.
Nationally Syndicated Programs Airing on WQMV
Beatle Brunch 11am Tuesdays
Beatle Brunch is a weekly celebration of the Fab Four. The show includes songs and interviews with the Beatles and their associates, plus the latest Beatle news and reviews, live versions of songs and in-studio tracks. The show is hosted by Beatles expert and radio veteran Joe Johnson.
Off the Record 11am Thursdays
Joe Benson has hosted the nationally syndicated OFF THE RECORD program since 1998. Not only does Joe share his vast knowledge of classic rock artists and play their best music, but he also shares his in-depth conversations with the artists.
The Classic Countdown 1pm Fridays & 12 Noon Sundays
This weekly, four-hour countdown show is devoted to the classic hits of rock, pop and soul from the late 60’s to the early 80’s. “The Classic Countdown” is written and hosted by Radio Hall of Famer Dick Bartley.
Elvis Only 12 Noon Saturdays & 5pm Sundays
Elvis Only, the all-Elvis hour, is the only syndicated radio show of its kind and is hosted by Jay Gordon, one of the world’s most recognized Elvis Experts. For more than 20 years, Elvis Only has consistently entertained and delighted Elvis fans of all ages.
Rewind with Gary Bryan 1pm Saturdays
Rewind is a weekly show that focuses on the music of the 60s, 70s and 80s with host Gary Bryan sharing the insights of his 30 years of working with oldies stations across the country. The show was developed by rock legend Dick Clark and the show occasionally still features segments from American Bandstand.
Rock & Rolls Greatest Hits 6pm Saturdays
Broadcasting Hall of Fame announcer Dick Bartley has been hosting America's Classic Hits request radio show since 1982. His Saturday night Rock & Roll show is recognized as the first nationally syndicated request program and it has been entertaining rock fans for over 30 years. Rock & Rolls Greatest Hits toll free request number is 1-866-989-1975 and is open during each program.
The Beatle Years 4pm Sundays
Hosted by Bob Malik, The Beatle Years takes a look at the band and its music that defined a generation with an archive of classic hits and rare audio clips and interviews.
Into The 70s 8pm Sundays
Every Sunday night Larry James takes you back INTO The 70s. Playing the best music of that decade and bringing back the memories that that were uniquely the 70s!