WHRQ (88.1 FM) is a non-commercial educational radio station in Sandusky, Ohio, USA airing Catholic programming. The station serves the Sandusky and Port Clinton areas as a repeater of originating sration WNOC 89.7 mHz licensed to Bowling Green and serving the Toledo area. The station began as a construction permit in start up phase in 2009 by Port Clinton Knights of Columbus Home Association. The new licensee is Our Lady of Guadelupe Radio Inc (dba:Annunciation Radio). WHRQ's transmitter is located near Castalia with its main WNOC studio and office located at 3662 Rugby Drive in Toledo.
WHRQ is the third full-time Catholic station in the Toledo Diocese and the second of Annunciation Radio's regional network.
Annunciation Radio began in 2006 as a venture by Toledo businessman and Deacon Michael Learned who, on February 3, 2008, launched a Sunday afternoon program on WTOD 1560 AM until WNOC made its initial sign-on on August 14, 2010.
Annunciation Radio's beginnings as a weekly Sunday afternoon program on Toledo's daytime talk station, the former WTOD (now CSN International-owned WWYC) 1560 AM, later moved to Cumulus-owned WLQR 1470 AM in Toledo, up until the time WNOC made its initial sign-on during the Feast of the Assumption on the weekend of August 14 and 15 of 2010. WHRQ is a sister station and repeater of WNOC 89.7 FM in Bowling Green, and serving the metropolitan Toledo area.
In June, 2010, 2 months before the station began broadcasting, Tim Kusner joined the Radio Station Staff. He was responsible for obtaining underwriters and gradually moved into producing, announcing, traffic management, managing the station Facebook page, and Co-Hosting the Friday Morning live program "Annunciation Radio Presents." WNOC serves the Bowling Green and Toledo areas while sister station WHRQ in Sandusky at 88.1 FM made it on-air debut on Monday April 25, 2011.
The Annunciation Radio audiostream commenced on its website on August 26, 2010.
Upon its initial sign-on (which took place at 3:30pm on Monday April 25, 2011), WHRQ became the third Catholic station within the Toledo Diocese to begin broadcasting. WHRQ along with sister stations WFOT, WSHB and originating station WNOC airs programming from EWTN Global Catholic Radio.
In June 2013, Annunciation Radio purchased WFOT 89.5 FM licensed in Lexington and serving the Mansfield area. WFOT, on the air since 2007 was originally part of Columbus-based St. Gabriel Radio as a near-simulcast of WVSG (AM). WFOT programming transitioned from St Gabriel Radio to Annunciation Radio on July 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm local time.
In the fall of 2013, the construction permit of WSHB 90.9 FM in Willard was purchased by Annunciation Radio from the Mansfield Christian School and made its sign-on during Christmas Day on December 25, 2013.
WJTA 88.9 FM licensed to Glandorf and transmitting from Leipsic is owned by a separate entity that serves Findlay, Ottawa, Lima,Napoleon, Defiance and Paulding which compliments both the WNOC and WHRQ signals. Since all three stations carry nearly all of the EWTN radio schedule, EWTN programming is easily accessed on a car radio along the I-75, Ohio State Route 15 and U.S. Route 6 corridors in northwestern and north central Ohio by all three stations in their respective areas and frequencies.