KQLX-FM

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KQLX-FM
City of license Lisbon, North Dakota
Broadcast area Fargo-Moorhead
Branding Thunder 106.1
Slogan Today's Hits, Yesterday's Favorites
Frequency 106.1 MHz
First air date May 5, 1986
Format Classic Country
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 217.8 meters (714.6 feet)
Class C1
Facility ID 60188
Transmitter coordinates 46°44′39″N 97°25′38″W / 46.74417°N 97.42722°W / 46.74417; -97.42722
Affiliations ABC News, True Country
Owner Great Plains Integrated Marketing, Inc.
Sister stations KQLX-AM, KEGK
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.thunder1061.com

KQLX-FM (106.1 FM, "Thunder 106.1") is a radio station broadcasting a classic-based country music format.Licensed to Lisbon, North Dakota, it serves the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area.[1]

History[edit]

former Hit Kickin' Country logo

On April 29, 2005, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted KQLX-FM a construction permit to upgrade increase in power to 100,000 watts from a location nearer Fargo, North Dakota from 50,000 watts at a site in Lisbon. The station upgraded on April 29, 2008 and tweaked from "Hit Kickin' Country" to a classic country format as "True Country".

A sale was finalized in July 2009, for transfer of ownership from Terry Loomis's Sheyenne Valley Broadcasting to Great Plains Integrated of Fargo, North Dakota. Great Plains Integrated was owned by Scott Hennen until he was forced out of the company in 2010.

The station was assigned the KQLX-FM call letters by the Federal Communications Commission on May 5, 1986.[2]

On March 18, 2009 KQLX-FM changed their format to talk radio, branded as "106.1 FM Talk". The 106.1 FM Talk lineup included Don Imus, Dennis Miller, Jake Weber, Glenn Beck, Jason Lewis, and Tony Bruno. In April, 106.1 FM Talk announced The Ed Schultz Show will be joining the station lineup. The MSNBC "Ed" Show aired weeknights at 5pm on FM Talk now and the Ed Schultz Show started the show in July. KFGO in Fargo refused to air the Ed Schultz national show live and instead aired the show late at night tape delayed. Ed Schultz fell through shortly in September 2009, and KQLX reverted to the a country format as "106.1 Liberty FM".

On November 1, 2010 KQLX-FM rebranded as "Thunder 106.1" with a classic-based country format and began targeting the Fargo-Moorhead area.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Winter 2008 Station Information Profile". Arbitron. 
  2. ^ "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. 

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