|City of license||Anoka, Minnesota|
|Broadcast area||Minneapolis-St. Paul|
|Slogan||"Minnesota's Greatest Hits"|
|Frequency||107.9 FM (MHz)
(also on HD Radio)
107.9 HD2: iHeartRadio My 80's
|First air date||August 1, 1968 (as KTWN-FM)|
|Format||Commercial; Classic Hits|
|Callsign meaning||Play on the word "Cool"|
|Former callsigns||KTWN-FM (1968-1983)
|Sister stations||KDWB, KEEY, KFXN-FM, KTCN, KTCZ|
KQQL (107.9 FM, "Kool 108") is a classic hits music formatted radio station serving the Twin Cities region of Minnesota, licensed to the suburb of Anoka. The station is owned by Clear Channel Communications, and primarily plays rock and pop music from the 1970s and 1980s.
They are also known as "The Twin Cities' Christmas Superstation" and play Christmas music from the day after Thanksgiving through midnight on Christmas Day, competing with 102.9 Lite FM until KMNB switched formats to country in December 2011 and ended it's Christmas music tradition. In 2008, KQQL started the Christmas music earlier than ever, on the weekend of November 15. This is suspected of being a response to Lite FM switching earlier in the week.
In the 1970s, the station was known as KTWN-FM. It cycled through several formats, including beautiful music, a short stint with classical music beginning September 1, 1974, then a full-service MOR format, focusing on the northern suburbs of the Twin Cities. From 1978 to 1983, they carried a jazz format. At the time, the station was operated by Jack Moore, who had previously run WAYL, the market's leading beautiful music station.
The station was sold and the new owners immediately switched to a lite AC/oldies hybrid on September 24, 1983  as KGBB ("B108"). Later, the station became "Magic 108" with the call letters KMGW (later KMGK). The station's signal limitations were a hindrance as they faced competition from the larger WLTE and KS95.
Finally, the station was reborn as KQQL (Kool 108) in September 1988, became the first true FM oldies station in the Twin Cities area. This followed several days of stunting, playing various versions of "Louie, Louie" nonstop.
The oldies format originally spanned the era of the late 1950s through the 1960s. By 2000, they had gravitated toward hits of the 1960s and 1970s (with the occasional early 1980s song thrown in). For a brief time, they were the FM flagship for Minnesota Vikings football (simulcasting with KFAN).
The format was tweaked again in 2006, to an oldies/classic hits hybrid, positioning themselves as "Super Hits of the 60's & 70's", though they include some 1980s hits also. Kool 108 also began airing classic American Top 40 from the 1970s hosted by Casey Kasem. The station started playing less 1980s music starting in September 2007 in response to creation of Love 105. For a short time, Kool 108 also aired classic 1980s American Top 40 shows, but the station dropped the AT40 '80s broadcasts after they cut back on playing '80s music.
On April 28, 2009, KQQL released all of their on-air personalities, including Morning Drive host Lois Mae; and radio icon, Dan Donovan. Disk Jockeys on KQQL were voicetracked from other Clear Channel Stations, with news coming from KOA-AM In Denver, CO. However in mid-2010 KQQL hired new on-air personalities including radio veteran and KARE 11 reporter Lee Valsvik.
On December 27, 2009, the station tweaked to a classic hits format and dropped most 1960s titles, and added some 1990s titles, while emphasizing on 1970s and 1980s music. Direct competition with Cumulus Media's WGVX (Love 105) ended when it switched formats to lite rock in early 2012.
On April 25, 2006, Clear Channel announced that KQQL's HD2 subchannel will carry a format focusing on hit music from the 1980s. The HD2 station, called Kool 1-0-80's, showcased every song to ever hit the Top 40 in the 80's.
During summer 2011, the HD2 subchannel changed programming to a simulcast of AM radio station KFXN ('The Score'). On September 8, 2011 The "Score" sports format began airing exclusively on KQQL-HD2 as their former signal (690 AM) was flipped to Asian programming.
In August 2012, the HD2 subchannel was changed back to Kool 1-0-80's, now iHeartRadio My 80's, with the same 80s music format it had before.
- Kool 108
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KQQL
- Radio-Locator information on KQQL
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KQQL
- KTWN Online
- Radiotapes.com Featuring historic airchecks of KTWN-FM, B108 and KQQL-FM along with other Twin Cities radio stations.
- Rick Burnett's TwinCitiesRadioAirchecks.com Old recordings and photos of KTWN and other Twin Cities radio stations.