WNCN BECOMES QUAD FM WQIV
On November 7, 1974 long-time commercial classical station WNCN in NYC changed owners and format. The new owners programmed rock n roll. The new WQIV debuted with FM Quad – four signals for that had a surround sound effect. It was great when you were in the middle of the room stoned on a waterbed.
The WNCN Listener’s Guild filed a complaint with the FCC. They asked the FCC to force the station’s new owners to change the format back to classical. The FCC declined to get involved. The FCC has never gotten involved in format flip since then.
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