Michael Dee and the Rude Wake Up, 107.5 WKQB ‘Q107’ Charleston SC | June 1988
Courtesy of Robyn Watts’ fabulously huge collection, here’s another ‘California Aircheck’. WKQB ‘Q107’ was considered the number one hit music station in Charleston in 1988, before Hurricane Hugo all but destroyed the station one year later.
Station VP/GM Steve Judy comes on with an announcement at the 5 minute mark that the winner of the ‘which station played more music’ audience survery is Q107. He announces that the results were certified by a local law firm. Amazingly, I’ve never heard something like this before, although its a clever promotion ploy.
WKQB was the last station knocked off the air during Hugo in 1989, as the airstaff rode out the storm in the studios. Most experts say that Q107 provided the best storm coverage in the Lowcountry at the time. As an unfortunate consequence, WKQB was severely damaged by the hurricane and barely made it back on the air before deletion. They were on the air for one week in 1991, before 107.5 changed call letters and the format to Classic Country under the monniker “Bubba 107.5 WBUB”. Today, 107.5 is WNKT, a sports station which these days is licensed to Columbia, SC. The station moved out of the Charleston market some years ago in a massive frequency swap which involved a number of radio stations.