About WIQH

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FAQs

  • Where can I listen to WIQH?

    In the Concord area you can catch us on 88.3FM or you can listen to us anywhere by clicking here or by clicking listen live at the top of any page. You can listen to select programing on demand here.

  • How do I join WIQH?

    You can find information on joing WIQH and oppurtinties at WIQH here.

  • Where can I find a list of sports and special events on WIQH?

    You can find a list of upcoming sports broadcasts here and a list of upcoming special events on WIQH here.

  • Whats the history of WIQH?

    WIQH went on air in March of 1971 in CCHS's old "A Building" as a 10 watt station. A few year later, in the fall of 1975, we moved into a trailer next to the "I-building" where we stayed until the early 2000's when we moved into the "I-building". In April of 2015 when we moved to our current home in the performing arts wing of the new CCHS building. Today WIQH broadcasts from 10am to 10pm at a power of 100 watts. For a more complete history, click here.

History

1970s

The station signed on the air in March of 1971 under the direction of Mr. Walter Brzezinski, Concord Carlisle's electronics teacher (back in the day when CCHS used to have shop classes). WIQH started life as a 10 watt station, giving it a range of just a few miles on the crowded radio dial of the Boston area. The studio was in the CCHS "A Building", in the back of what was then a large closet within the Audio Visual Room. In 1975, Concord Carlisle High School completed a big expansion that added four new buildings to the campus. One of the leftovers from the building project was a mobile classroom trailer that, by the fall of '75, became WIQH's new home. The famous trailer, parked at the end of the new "I Building" offered more room for 88.3FM. Over time, students built walls to separate the space into three rooms - two studios and an office.

1980s

Through the mid '80s, WIQH regularly broadcast from about 3PM until about 9PM weekdays and for a few hours on Sundays. The late '80s saw a slight increase in on-air hours as broadcasting frequently continued until 10 on weeknights. Around 1985, as the Federal Communications Commission rewrote its rules governing small non-commercial radio stations like WIQH, the station applied to the Commission for permission to increase power tenfold, to 100 watts. For a variety of reasons, the FCC didn't grant the power increase until the mid 1990s.

1990s

In 1995, after years of waiting, WIQH finally managed to flip the switch on its new 100 watt transmitter, approximately doubling its broadcast range. However, by the late '90s, the school struggled to find a faculty advisor for the station and things took a turn for the worse. Sporadic broadcast hours, waning student involvement and aging equipment took its toll. Things began to resemble a famous lyric from Simon & Garfunkel hit "Sounds of Silence". The fall of 1999 signaled major changes for WIQH. A diverse group of adults from Concord and Carlisle came together with strong interest in getting the station back up and running smoothly again. At the same time, coincidentally, a group of students at CCHS were also trying to revitalize the radio station. Working from different directions, both groups received approval from the CCHS administration to revive the radio station program.

2000s

WIQH begins broadcasting from its new facilities in Room I-1 of Concord Carlisle High School. 2002 was a very eventful year. First up was the 5th Annual CCHS Battle of the Bands. For the first time, WIQH produces and hosts the event. The Battle was established by the CCHS Class of 2001 in their freshman year; responsibility for the event was inherited by the radio station when the Class of 2001 graduated. In September of that year,'Member of the Month' program begins, instituted by General Manager Paul O'Neill, '04. The program awards a non-management station member for outstanding contributions to the station. Each Member of the Month receives a free lunch from a local food provider, gets a certificate suitable for framing, and gets her/his name and picture posted in the Member of the Month gallery for the rest of the school year. Later, in October, the WindoWall is built and installed. It goes in the space occupied by one of the garage doors in Room I-1. The wall provided much needed outside light and visibility without having to open any garage doors. The wall was designed and constructed by David Holdorf, Paul Macone and Ned Roos. In November, WIQH broadcasts automated programming for the first time. Using "Simian" automation software and a Sine Systems transmitter remote control paid for by a Concord Education Fund grant, WIQH aired a full day of programming without any person actually at the station.

2010s

In April of 2015 WIQH went live from it's current location in the new Concord Carlisle High School. Something something IQHfest. Something Something High School Radio Network. Something something Comrex.

Join

Interested in joining radio? Awesome!
Station membership is available to Concord Carlisle High School students and staff. All you have to do is fill out the form below (make sure you are signed into you CCHS email account).
If you prefer to fill it out by hand click here to get an application. Once your done, bring it to the station which is located behind the stairs in the Performing Arts corner on the first floor of CCHS. Paper application forms are also available at the station.

Some of the awesome opportunities available include:

  • Become a newscaster, sportscaster, or weather forecaster
  • Have your own talk show
  • Be a member of our 'Street Team' and help promote WIQH's greatness
  • Work on tech stuff and some really cool radio electronics
  • Travel with the radio station for unique remote opportunities
  • Web development
  • Help keep WIQH's music libray up to date, and listen to your favorite tunes while your at it
  • And of course, become a DJ and play music for all to hear!