|City of license||Moorhead, Minnesota|
|Slogan||Today's Hit Music|
|Frequency||98.7 FM (MHz)|
|First air date||98.7: 1968 (as KQWB-FM)
KLTA: 1983 (as KKIB)
|Format||Adult Top 40 (CHR)|
|Callsign meaning||LiTe Rock 105 (former moniker)|
|Former callsigns||KKIB (1983-1984)|
|Former frequencies||105.1 MHz|
|Owner||Radio FM Media
(Radio Fargo-Moorhead, Inc.)
|Sister stations||KBMW, KPFX, KQWB, KQWB-FM, KBVB|
KLTA (98.7 MHz, "Big 98.7") is a radio station based in Fargo, North Dakota, though licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to Moorhead, Minnesota, owned by Jim Ingstad's Radio FM Media. The station carries an Adult-oriented Top 40 (CHR) format. Its main competitor is WDAY-FM "Y94".
- Jesse and Amanda with Pike in the Morning (Weekdays 5:30a-9a)
- Cori Jensen (9a-2p)
- Alek OnThe-Radio (2p-7p)
- Intern Rambo (7p-Midnight)
First four decades as Q98
98.7 FM (MHz) first went on the air in 1968 as KQWB-FM, now located at 105.1 (inheriting call letters from KQWB-AM). While being a rock station for nearly all of its existence, Q98 was more specifically an active rock station since the 1980s, with its roots in album oriented rock (AOR).
For most of the last decade, KQWB had a syndicated morning show. In 1998, Scotch & Daniels was replaced with Bob and Tom in the morning. In 2000, Bob and Tom was dropped, and Scotch was brought back with Dui. They remained as morning show hosts until 2003, when they were replaced with another syndicated duo, Lex and Terry.
For many years, KQWB aired the Alternative Feed on Sunday evenings. This show featured music from lesser know alternative bands and music from up and coming mainstream artists. This show ended in July 2012. This show was replaced (indirectly) with Metal Imperium, a three-hour show on Saturday evenings featuring Gunner and Chow, airing the newest and heaviest metal in the KQWB library.
In May 1999, Triad Broadcasting reached a deal to acquire this station (along with KQWB 1660 (Sports), KQWB-FM 105.1 (Active rock), KVOX 99.9 (Country), and KPFX 107.9 (Classic rock)) from brothers Jim and Tom Ingstad as part of a twelve-station deal valued at a reported $37.8 million.
On November 30, 2012, Triad Broadcasting signed a Definitive Agreement to sell all 32 of their stations to Larry Wilson's L&L Broadcasting for $21 Million. Upon completion of the sale on May 1, 2013, L&L in turn sold the Fargo stations to Jim Ingstad, who had just sold his competing cluster to Midwest Communications. An LMA (Local Marketing Agreement) was place so Ingstad could take immediate control of the stations, and the sale became final July 2, 2013. The sale was worth $9.5 million.
Q98 moves to 105.1 and debut of Big 98.7
On August 9, 2013, it was announced that on August 16, Q98 would move to 105.1 and re-brand as Q105.1. The last few songs on FM 105.1 were Mumford & Sons' I Will Wait, Fun.'s Carry On, Michelle Branch's Goodbye To You, and Semisonic's Closing Time. Q98 dedicated the whole day to their listeners as they played nearly everything that was requested. They took requests from the phone lines, Twitter, and Facebook. At Midnight on the 16th, the station began a temporary simulcast with 105.1 that ran until 5pm that evening. Q98's official last song was "Revolution is My Name" by Pantera, which was played before the start of the simulcast. The song that started the simulcast was "I'll Stick Around" by "The Foo Fighters", while the song that ended the simulcast was "In the End" by Black Veil Brides. At the conclusion of the simulcast, 98.7 began identifying as KLTA, effectively completing a call sign swap with KQWB.
98.7 FM, meanwhile, began stunting using a "Wheel Of Formats" which was spun at the top of every hour landing of formats including "Weird Al Radio" "Polka Radio" "Santa 98-7" and "TV Themes" and encouraging listeners to tune at 5pm on August 19 for "something big". The station debuted with a Hot AC/Top 40 (CHR) hybrid format as "Big 98.7", directly competing against heritage CHR "Y94" (WDAY-FM 93.7). Big 98.7's first song was I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas. The following morning, Jesse and Amanda with Pike in the Morning debuted on their new home, after leaving then sister station KVOX-FM a few weeks earlier. That same day, Cori Jensen began doing the midday shift, making her the only personality to carry over from FM 105.1.
Former Q98 DJs
- Sparks (Afternoons, now at KQKQ-FM)
- Nomi (Weeknights, April 2010- August 2011—now at KRXP)
- Ben & Jim (Jim now on KVMI FM The Truck Morning Show
- Lee Baxter
- Jack Spade
- Jamie Kayne
- Mike Waters (Now at KEGK
- Scotch (Now a cartoonist for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead)
- Tank (Now at KVOX-AM)
- Shelly Knight
- Big Dog (now at WDAY AM PD *Jim Daniels (Now a reporter for The Forum)& WDAY AM OM
- Big Jim Davis
- Mark Nicholls (announcer and Operations manager for Q98, as well as KQWB-AM for most of the 80's until Sept 1994)
- TY Banks (Deceased)
- Tina Rene
- Gregg Steele (now at Sirius)
- Tim Burns
- Steve Ryan
- Lisa Flee
- Dude Walker
- Denniz Mann
- Buddy Jones
- Paula Saturn
- Kathy Carns/Katie Cole
- Marc Evans
- Jon Erdahl
Stucker (Also Drunk Muthr Stucker)
Former Q98 Logos
- Holmes, Alisa (1999-05-24). "Changing Hands". Broadcasting & Cable.
- "Triad Sells To Larry Wilson's L&L". All Access. 2012-12-03.
- "Shuffle puts former KFGO owner in charge of longtime competitors". Fargo Forum. 2013-05-02.
- KQWB Changes Frequency But Keeps Format [All Access]
- Big 98.7 website
- Go Radio Website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KLTA
- Radio-Locator information on KLTA
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KLTA