KQHT

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KQHT
96.1 The Fox logo
City of license Crookston, Minnesota
Broadcast area Grand Forks, North Dakota
Branding 96.1 The Fox
Slogan "World Class Rock"
"Your Station for the Classics"
Frequency 96.1 FM (MHz)
First air date 1985
Format Commercial; Classic hits
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 126 meters
Class C1
Facility ID 9657
Owner iHeartMedia, Inc.
(Citicasters Licenses, L.P.)
Sister stations KJKJ, KKXL, KKXL-FM, KSNR
Webcast Listen Live!
Website 961thefox.com

KQHT (96.1 FM, "96.1 The Fox") is a radio station broadcasting a classic hits format. Licensed to Crookston, Minnesota, it serves the Grand Forks, North Dakota metropolitan area. It first began broadcasting in 1985. The station is currently owned by iHeartMedia, Inc..

Programming[edit]

Weekday on-air personalities include Kevin Hendrickson on mornings, Sally Evans on mid-days, Paul Kelly on afternoons, Tony O'Brien on nights, and Cassidy Cher on overnights. Weekend hosts include Thomas Ray, Ken Morgan, and Mark Kidder. KQHT airs local blues music show "Riverside Blues Show", hosted by "your blues buddy" Kevin Hendrickson, on Sunday mornings. Riverside Blues show formerly was aired on sister station KJKJ until 2002.

In addition to its music programming, the station broadcasts play-by-play coverage of University of North Dakota football and men's hockey games.

History[edit]

The station began life in 1985 as KLZC, until becoming KQHT in 1986. KQHT began as a Top 40 station in 1986 as "Magic 96" competing with XL93 until 1998 when it changed to an adult contemporary format branding itself as "KQ96" in 1996, and rebranded as "Mix 96.1" in 1998. In the late 1980s, the on-air talent included Ross Holland (Fast Eddie Fingers) Program Manager, Steve Gunnar (future Program Manager), Rick Acker, Ron Phillips (The Iceman) and others. During that early 1990s battle with KKXL, there were personalities like Magic Mark & Paul Braun, Josh Jones, Shelley Carr, "Smilin'" Wade Williams, "Jammin" Jay Murphy, Denny "Crash" Shields, Michael Knight (Mike Cruise), Pat Ebertz, Bobby Brady, Minimum Wage Mike, Harry Callahan, Kim Cooley, Jack Hammer, Nick Logan, and many others.

In 2000, Clear Channel bought KQHT and several other radio stations in Grand Forks, and KQHT changed its format to classic hits (a mixture of classic rock and oldies music formats) calling itself as "96.1 The Fox". Clear Channel also got a broadcasting contract with the University of North Dakota to broadcast Fighting Sioux basketball, hockey, and football games. Hockey and football games broadcast on KQHT while basketball games air on sister station KSNR 100.3. The slogan changed from "Classic Hits" to "World Class Rock" in 2004, and evolved towards a broad-based classic rock format. The station began leaning towards an oldies format after KSNR flipped from oldies to country in 2005. When competitor KNOX-FM flipped from classic country to classic rock in 2007, The Fox shifted back to a classic rock format. KQHT tweaked back to classic hits in 2010 after KNOX-FM flipped from classic rock to Top 40 (CHR) to compete with sister station KKXL-FM "XL93".

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Coordinates: 47°50′42″N 96°50′24″W / 47.845°N 96.840°W / 47.845; -96.840