WQUT (101.5 FM) is a radio station in Tri-Cities, Tennessee. The station format is classic rock and is branded as "Tri-Cities Classic Rock 101.5 WQUT." As of the Fall 2008 Arbitron ratings book, WQUT is the third highest rated station in the Tri-Cities (Johnson City, Tennessee - Kingsport, Tennessee - Bristol Tennessee/Virginia) market (adults 12+) behind country music station WXBQ-FM and adult contemporary WTFM-FM. Since the early 1990s, WQUT and WTFM have fought for the number two spot in the market, with WXBQ rated the overall number one station since 1993.
WQUT is the flagship station of Cumulus Media Tri-Cities and began broadcasting in 1948 as WJHL-FM at 101.5 Megahertz. In 1960, the call letters changed to WJCW-FM and its effective radiated power became 100,000 watts in 1973 from its antenna on Buffalo Mountain in Johnson City, Tennessee.
WQUT carries the “ John Boy and Billy Big Show” from 6:00 to 10:00 AM Monday through Saturday (a syndicated show carried on many southeastern U.S. stations). Specialty shows include the Tennessee Midnight Rambler Show (heard the last Saturday of the month), Flashback with Bill St. James and House of Hair with Dee Snider, both on every Sunday night beginning at 6pm. Its sister stations are WKOS, WJCW (which signed on in 1938), WGOC, and WXSM.
WQUT is home to the radiothons for Ronald McDonald House and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and is involved in community activities throughout the Tri-Cities market.