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The Quake

“The Quake” is the college’s student-run, online radio facility. The Quake’s alternative, college-radio format provides music, talk shows, sports programming, and podcasts — all available to a global audience on the internet. Housed in the Angell College Center, students from all majors can join this Student Association sponsored club.

Tune in 24/7 — and if you would like to be a part of The Quake, come to the Cardinal Lounge on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. for general staff meetings!

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What is The Quake?

The Quake Radio & Podcasting club is a Student Association-funded organization, so all students enrolled in classes at SUNY Plattsburgh who pay Student Association dues are eligible to join. No experience is necessary and all majors are welcome. Members must be a part of one of the departments at The Quake (see departments below), and put in one hour of station work per week.

Members of the Quake also complete community service work. The Quake regularly participates in their fall Starve-a-thon which collects cans of food to restock area food shelves. Quake members also participate in the annual Relay for Life event on campus.

The Quake Information

  • Our History

    Quake Radio & Podcasting is a student-run radio club that is sponsored by the Student Association. The Quake’s studios are located in the Angell College Center on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus. The station began in 1966 housed on the 2 nd floor of the college center in McDonough Hall. Starting out with the call letters, WSUP, it was wire-carried on AM640.

    In 1971 the station changed its call sign to WKGO. In 1979 the station began to air off-campus on 91.1 MHz FM as WPLT (The Sound of the North Country) and became a 10 Watt Class D station. In 1981 the frequency was changed to 93.9 FM. In 1987 the station moved from McDonough Hall to Yokum Hall (where the communication department was located). In 1997 the station sold its call letters to an ABC affiliate in Detroit, Michigan and chose WQKE (the Quake) as its new call sign. In 2007 the station moved from Yokum Hall to a prominent spot in the Angell College Center (with the help of SA advisor Bill Laundry). In 2009 WQKE acquired automation equipment and began broadcasting 24/7 throughout the academic school year.

    Although the station began streaming in 2001, its permanent online webcast began in 2011. In March of 2020 the Covid Pandemic hit the station hard. Students were sent home and the station operated through automation-only. In Fall of 2020 a skeleton crew operated the station (at a time when many stations were only running remotely). In 2021 the station students and staff made the decision to focus solely on its online programming and opted not to renew its FCC (FM) license. In June 2022 the name was changed to “The Quake” and will incorporate podcasting beginning in the Fall 2022 semester. The Quake now broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during each semester, offering listeners a wide variety of music including jazz, funk, soul, indie, punk, hip-hop, blues, techno and other genres.

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