KKHQ-FM

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KKHQ-FM
City of license Oelwein, Iowa
Broadcast area Waterloo-Cedar Falls
Branding Q92.3
Slogan "Today's Hottest Music"
Frequency 92.3 MHz
First air date 1971
Format Top 40 (CHR)
ERP 95,000 watts
HAAT 302 Meters
Class C
Facility ID 28472
Former callsigns KOEL-FM
Owner The Cedar Rapids Divestiture Trust, Allen N. Blum, Trustee
(divestiture trust for Townsquare Media)
Sister stations KCRR, KOEL-FM
Webcast Listen Live
Website q923.net

KKHQ-FM (92.3 FM, "Q92.3") is a radio station serving Waterloo, Cedar Falls, and the surrounding area known as the Cedar Valley with a Top 40 (CHR) format. This station broadcasts on FM frequency 92.3 MHz and under ownership of a divestiture trust for Townsquare Media. Aaron Santini has been the station's program director since its inception in 2003.

History[edit]

Before the 92.3 frequency was acquired by Cumulus Media from Connoisseur Media in 2000, the station was country music-formatted KOEL-FM "92.3 The Hog." This format flip also happened to other stations Cumulus acquired from Connoisseur, like KBEA (Muscatine-Quad Cities, IA), which had been a leading country station as well as KBOB "BOB Country." The country format and KOEL-FM call sign still live on in Waterloo/Cedar Falls on 98.5 MHz, branded as "K98.5".

Before the flip to CHR, the only other stations in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Area that carried the format were distant and somewhat weak signals. You either had to choose from KZIA Z102.9 from Cedar Rapids, or KWAY-FM "Y99.3" from Waverly (which is now a Hot AC station). Although Waverly is considered part of the Waterloo/Cedar Falls DMA, KWAY's signal was not the strongest. At only 4,600 watts, it is considered just another small-town radio station. And while KZIA used a full 100,000 watts, the tower was at least 40–50 miles away, which made it hard to receive over the closer stations.

On August 30, 2013, a deal was announced in which Townsquare Media would acquire 53 Cumulus stations, including KKHQ-FM, for $238 million. The deal is part of Cumulus' acquisition of Dial Global; Townsquare and Dial Global are both controlled by Oaktree Capital Management.[1][2] The sale to Townsquare was completed on November 14, 2013; KKHQ-FM is one of three stations (along with KCRR and KOEL-FM) that have been placed in a divestiture trust for eventual resale within two years.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official: Cumulus Buys Dial Global, Spins Some Stations To Townsquare; Peak Stations Sold To Townsquare, Fresno Spun To Cumulus". All Access. August 30, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Cumulus Makes Dial Global And Townsquare Deals Official". RadioInsight. August 30, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Cumulus-Townsquare-Peak Deal Closes". All Access. November 15, 2013. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 

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Coordinates: 42°40′52″N 91°52′52″W / 42.681°N 91.881°W / 42.681; -91.881