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Q-County makes improvements to better the area

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By Natasha LaFayette

natasha@lafollettepress.com

 Cindi and Jeff Alpert can be seen around Campbell County taking part in the South Campbell County Rotary, Relay for Life and even singing the national anthem at Cougars basketball games.

However, the couple considers the WTNQ radio station their greatest connection with the community.

The Alperts purchased the FM station last May. They have been working to make the station better since the purchase and shared some of their accomplishments thus far.

With technical improvements the couple has managed to utilize 100 percent of the power available. This has created clearer reception with a signal reaching into Knoxville and Anderson County.

Cindi Alpert said the signal reaching into other counties allows the station to tell more consumers about the deals going on here in Campbell County.

The Alperts have been in broadcasting almost all of their lives. Cindi worked with television newscasts for about 12 years and Jeff has about 20 years of radio experience.

“We have been in the business our whole lives,” said Cindi Alpert.

They have operated radio stations in Portland, Maine, Greenville, SC., and Sarasota, FL.

The Alperts moved to LaFollette from Naples, FL, where Jeff’s father Norm has a family owned station.

“We love this area, the beauty and the people,” said Cindi Alpert. “We wanted to live here and be a part of what’s going on here.”

Jeff Alpert said the station is trying to give back to the community by taking part in local organizations and employing locals.

“If our area grows then we all do well,” said Cindi Alpert.

When the Alperts purchased 104.9 Q –Country they started immediately making improvements by cleaning up the programming and sorting through the music. They have adjusted the format to include the true country genre, classic country. And with an adjusted format they have strove to keep the sound clean and crisp, said Alpert.

The FM station is an independent broadcasting network under the name of Momentum Broadcasting.  The Alperts are building a radio station in Knoxville, which is known as 106.1 The River. The new station is a sister station of Q-Country, playing active adult contemporary music like John Mayer, Jewel, Coldplay and Alanis Morissette.

Q-Country, which the Alperts say is here to stay, shows a huge variety of music and personalities. In the morning Frank Scott can be heard sharing the news, traffic, sports and weather.

And in the afternoons Chuck Jacobs takes to the air with music and news.

The programs are the same as before with a slight change in music, said Cindi Alpert.

On Saturday morning from 7 to 11 a.m., the bluegrass and heritage show called Soppin’ the Gravy has a wide variety of music from Country to Southern Rock.

Another commitment by the Alperts is to the Cougars sports teams.

“We are committed to be the flagship station for the Campbell County Cougar sports and continue to carry those sports live next season,” said Cindi Alpert.

Q-Country, the only FM station in Campbell County, carries the same voices and many of the same tunes, only it is making its intentions known that Campbell County is the center of its attention.