Mount Vernon’s WQIO Stunting – Confirmed

A listener in range of the signal of Mount Vernon’s AC WQIO/93.7 “93Q” reports that the station is stunting with Bobby McFerrin’s novelty hit “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”, with a similarly-voiced announcer telling listeners that they shouldn’t worry, and be happy, because they’re building a new radio station.

The change would appear to coincide with the purchase of the station from Clear Channel by Fremont’s BAS Broadcasting, which also owns WFRO/99.1 Fremont and WOHF/92.1 Bellevue. The purchase – along with the BAS purchase of co-owned WMVO/1300 Mount Vernon – was been approved by the FCC on September 9th.

The general speculation in the region is that WQIO will re-emerge with a satellite-driven format of some sort.

SATURDAY EVENING UPDATE: We’ve confirmed this stunting with a tipster in the region. We also hear that WMVO/1300 is still running its standards format, and is so far unaffected.

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