|City||Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|Broadcast area||Albuquerque, New Mexico
Santa Fe, New Mexico
|Branding||Big I 107.9|
|Slogan||Albuquerque's NEW Country|
|Frequency||107.9 MHz (also on HD Radio)|
|Translator(s)||98.1 K251AU (Albuquerque, relays HD2)|
|First air date||April 27, 1979 (as KFMG)|
HD2: Classic Country "98.1 The Bull"
|HAAT||1,259 meters (4,131 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||AlBuQerque Interstate (see below)|
|Former callsigns||KFMG (1979-1991)
(Citicasters Licenses, Inc.)
Listen Live (HD2)
KBQI (107.9 FM, "Big I 107.9") is a radio station in Albuquerque, New Mexico which carries a country music format, owned by iHeartMedia, Inc.. Its studios are located in Northeast Albuquerque, and the transmitter tower is located atop Sandia Crest east of the city.
KBQI takes its branding, "Big I 107.9", from the I-40 and I-25 interchange near downtown Albuquerque that is locally known as "the Big I". At the time of the station's launch in July 2000, the "Big I" was at the start of a major reconstruction project which had finished in May 2002. The station also launched with former KRST morning personalities Tony Lynn and Myles Copeland taking the morning shift at the new station. This helped to make KBQI competitive with KRST which had once dominated the format in the market. Tony and Myles had hosted mornings for 11 years until they were let go in October 2011. The syndicated Bobby Bones Show now airs in mornings.
In February 2006 the station began broadcasting in HD Radio with an additional HD-2 subchannel that played country variety. On June 21, 2013 the HD subchannel began to air a classic country music format re-broadcasting on translator K251AU on 98.1 FM. 
|call letters||format||name||time period|
|KFMG||Album Oriented Rock||Rock 108||1979-1991|
|KAMX||Hot AC||Mix 107.9||1991-1994|
|KTEG||Modern Rock||The Edge||1994-2000|
- http://www.hdradio.com/station_guides/widget.php?id=70 HD Radio Guide for Albuquerque
- Stark, Phyllis (November 5, 1994). "Vox Jox". Billboard. 106 (45): 118.
- KBQI official website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KBQI
- Radio-Locator information on KBQI
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KBQI
- Query the FCC's FM station database for K251AU
- Radio-Locator information on K251AU
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