Nearly a century ago, KJQ became one of two radio stations licensed to Stockton, California. On December 20, 1921, C.O. Gould was the license holder for the radio station and also operated “Gould, The Light Store”, both occupying space at 615 East Main Street, telephone #383. Gould sold radio sets, appliances, electric fixtures and gas/gasoline lights.
KJQ operated on an assigned frequency of 833KC with an output power of 5 watts. During its final months of operation, the station was reassigned to a frequency of 1100KC. Station manager and on air personality, D.W. Horstmeyer, aired news and music each week day from 5:00-5:30 PM, music on Wednesday and Sunday from 10:00-11:00 AM and church services on Sunday. Popular music genres during this era were orchestral, dance orchestra, popular instrumental and jazz.
In April of 1925, KJQ’s license was deleted from the roster of radio stations, with its successor, KWG remaining on the air to this date.
(Courtesy of Glen Pitts of Stockton. Visit Glen's website at KJQ.US.COM)
By Glen Pitts
Meet Glen Pitts who lives in Stockton. Glen contributed this story on KJQ, one of Stockton's non-commercial Class E radio stations in 1921. We appreciate Glen's contribution and are looking forward to more articles from him in the future. Check out his website at KJQ. us.com. Thanks Glen for your help.