The East Side has hit the airwaves with a radio station for and about our community.
WEQY envisions a socially, economically and politically powerful East Side by capitalizing on its rich immigrant history and diverse communities. WEQY will serve the East Side as a community anchor, connecting and sparking dialogue across cultures and generations, educating the public, and broadcasting the voices of the East Side.
With this powerful vision from our diverse advisory committee, we look forward to being the voice of the East Side.
On August 21, 2015, during the East 7th Street Live fair, our team started testing the WEQY signal. Some scheduled programming has begun; other hours, pre-programmed music and community announcements are airing. Our studio is located at 790 East 7th Street; please stop by for a tour. The antenna and transmitter are on the campus of 180 Degrees at East 7th and Johnson Parkway. A team of volunteers with radio experience is working on programming and studio set-up.
We are looking for programming that will be of interest to our growing immigrant populations as well as others who have made the East Side their home. If you have ideas or want to do your own show, we want to hear from you. We need DJs, talk show hosts and more. Shows can be live or prerecorded; you could create a playlist for a music show or suggest syndicated content. Click on the Contact page and tell us what you'd like to see and how you could participate.
Our initial programming includes Basic Beats with Thom Derus (10 pm and 1 am, Monday-Friday); To the East, a morning show with Nick "Mastermind" Muhammad and DJ Huh What (7 to 9 am, Monday-Friday, Rob Cooks with Rob Sebo-Lubke on Saturday mornings at 9 am; Hometown Hype with Johnny Questionmark (8 pm, Thursdays) and Dead Air with Erik Stolberg (9 pm, Saturday). As a work in progress, programming continues to evolve and we'd love to have you participate.
Several underwriting sponsors are in place including Mississippi Market and New Lens Urban Mentoring, a program of the St. Paul Public Schools. The station has also received a St. Paul Neighborhood STAR grant and Barry Madore, one of the programmers, has won a Knight Arts Challenge grant for his bilingual radio novela project. More Underwriters and Founding Members are being sought to support the station.
Visit this site and our Facebook page to stay current on what's happening on 104.7 FM, the Voice of the East Side.
The WEQY Low Power FM station license is held by the Dayton's Bluff Community Council, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The license was granted on September 15, 2015, and expires on April 1, 2021.