Q103-Albany’s (first and original) Rock Station!
Since you obviously listen to Q-103 and are checking out our new website, I thought that you might be interested to know that Q103 is actually Albany’s first and longest lasting Rock station, by far! What we now call Q103 became a full time Rock station in the summer of 1975. Originally only on 103.9, the station billed itself as “The Progressive 104″ and had a wide playlist that featured a lot of the progressive or “prog” groups of the time. Music by bands such as Pink Floyd, Yes, King Crimson, and Gentle Giant were typical of what you would hear on 103.9 in those days.
The station became known as Q104 in the later 1970s. By the early 1980s, the music emphasis had shifted to the so called “New Wave” artists of the time. Bands and artists such as the Talking Heads, Elvis Costello, and the Pretenders were now the music that was emphasized on Q104. In 1987, Q104 became a Classic Rock station – a variation of rock that it would continue to focus on for the next eight years or so. In 1994, 103.5 was added and in early 1995, the station became known as 103.5/103.9 The Edge- Albany’s Rock Alternative featuring artists such as Nirvana, the Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins, the Foo Fighters and Candlebox, many of the same artists that we still play today. In late 2005, the name was changed to Q-103, some Classic rock came back in and that’s where we are today.