WQNA FM Community Radio Ending After 40 Years


It is with great sadness that tonight we are letting you know that our community radio station 88.3 WQNA FM and home to The Black Sheep Radio Show / Dumb Records Radio Show is coming to an end. WQNA has been on the airwaves in Springfield for forty years coming up this month since 1979. We have been lucky enough to host our own Dumb Records / Black Sheep Radio Show out of the station for the past six and a half of those years.

There is an article in The State-Journal Register that was posted online today and will be in tomorrow’s print version – “Career Center Confirms WQNA Is Up For Sale.” After dwindling to absolutely no student interest in TV and radio in recent years, the Capitol Area Career Center which houses the station’s base and supplies most of the funding to keep things going was left with a tough choice to no longer continue housing the station and putting it up for sale. From the article:

“When you’re serving zero students, you can’t justify pouring $30,000-$40,000 into the station,” Ferriell said. “It’s not a decision that we’ve taken lightly. It was a difficult decision. It’s a great station.”

This does mean that our weekly radio show on Fridays from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on the airwaves as we know it will be soon coming to an end, as well as a great number of other local weekly programs featured on the station of all different genres.

Some WQNA DJs will be getting together for a meeting soon to discuss any options of any type of contingency, or the possibilities of online streaming or podcast-type shows for the future. We are open to hearing these options out for The Dumb Records Radio Show, but are uncertain as to what the future holds for us right now. We have been recording more recent episodes of our radio program and have a few of them streaming on Mix Cloud.

A definite end date to the station is uncertain now, at this point any episode of our radio program could be our last.

Music Videos: Wasted Talent – “Wasted Creativity”

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Today we bring you a fresh new local music video by hip hop group “Wasted Talent” for their song “Wasted Creativity”. The video was shot by Jayy Wills Entertainment in a few places in town that look a little too familiar. Check out the video streaming below, or on Youtube right here. Wasted Talent doesn’t have any live shows lined up that we know of.

Check out our vids/pics page for a list of music videos shot in town over the years.

September 4th at Dumb Records: ????, Teenage Bigfoot, Starter Jackets, Bottom Bracket


Happy Thursday to all of you out there following what we do here at The Bread Factory / Dumb Records. Sorry we are all over the place with website posts lately. Today we are telling you about a show coming up in a little less than a month and our first one being announced for September. Fun! This is a weird one because there is a band on the bill that we can not officially announce yet, but we CAN tell you that it is a band that’s coming from overseas. That’s exiting, right? Don’t worry, it will be good. That band is touring with another band from Philadelphia called Teenage Bigfoot that we can tell you about. In fact, you can even stream their music on the player below. This show will be joined by local support from local favorite solid group Starter Jackets, and also solid solid group Bottom Bracket.

All of this starts at 7:00 pm and admission will be $10. Check out a facebook event for this show right here. Also check out our shows page for a look at everything else coming up at our show space downtown.