WNPQ Canton “Quick 96” | August 1986

Included on a cassette with other northeast Ohio airchecks posted recently was this composite of Rock formatted WNPQ. I’m sure some of our visitors remember, but we can find nothing on the web or elsewhere to indicate the history of this station.

Wikipedia (we like this a lot) has only this information on WNPQ:

WNPQ is a commercial FM radio station licensed to New Philadelphia, Ohio, USA, serving the Canton market. It broadcasts at 95.9 MHz with a contemporary Christian format. The station also carries Malone College (USA) basketball, University of Akron sports, and local high school basketball. It is the FM sister station of WBTC (AM), owned by James Natoli in the name of his company, Tuscarawas Broadcasting Co. Its studios and offices are near Belden Village in Canton, and its transmitter is located near Strasburg, Ohio. It also maintains its head office in Uhrichsville at WBTC’s location.

Today, it’s called “The Light”, and yes it’s a religious station serving the Canton area.


  1. Lynda Sage


    I am the contemporary Music Director at Trinity
    United Methodist Church in Perry Heights, Canton, OH. We are having a Fun Festival Communtiy outreach on May 31 from 1-4. We would like to invite you to broadcast live from this event. 330-607-3779 Please call anytime

    Lynda Sage
    Contemporary Music Director
    Trinity United Methodist Church

  2. Tony

    Since the station is now defunct, I guess it was actually Quicksand 96.


  3. BJ

    Have you ever ‘googled’ your place of business. That’s what I did today and found this post. YES WNPQ “The Light” 95.9 is still around and alive and well. We are a Christian Station. Check us out. We play lots of music. Blessings (BJ – Office Manager)

  4. todd

    This station was great in the 80’s..They played hard rock no other stations would touch.Too bad it got ruined way before the collapse of all radio…

  5. I remember this station well. When they first began the rock station it was out of the AM station building outside of Uhrichsville. They also had a remote broadcast booth in a small mall, Monroe Mall in New Philadelphia, Ohio. There was a young group of guys DJing and running the station. They did some concerts at the Tusc County Fairgrounds and had a good thing going. There were some tradegies, with one, Tom being killed in a crash and the guys breaking up and moving on.

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