Re: Oregon & SW Washington Original Call Letter Meanings List

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Ah, I can fill in the Condon calls.

Here’s what I wrote in my June 3 newspaper column:

KHAL-FM (93.5 mHz, with a 103.1 mHz translator covering The Dalles) went on the air in Condon nearly a year ago. The call letters came from Hal Rose, president of First Broadcasters Investment Group in Texas. They’re the ones that bought Q-104 in The Dalles and shifted it to the Seattle suburb of Covington. As part of that deal, they secured a construction permit for the Condon station, to help replace coverage lost in that area when the 100,000-watt Q-104 left.

Haystack completed putting the station on the air with the KHAL call letters already in place.

Now they have been changed to KWCQ, which is being promoted as “The New Q.” That happened May 18. Clever folks will remember that the old Q-104’s call sign was KMCQ, and the new KWCQ is the same — with the M turned upside down.

“Future plans for the station,” says a press release, “include a power increase from the current 35, 000 watts to a full 100,000 watts. This will give the station the biggest single radio station signal between Heppner and Hood River, Goldendale and Madras.” Haystack also owns KYYT-FM (Y-102) and KLCK.