From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
City Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Broadcast area Cedar Rapids-Iowa City
Branding 98.1 KHAK
Slogan "#1 For New Country"
Frequency 98.1 MHz
First air date September 10, 1961
Format Country
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 140 meters
Class C1
Facility ID 54163
Transmitter coordinates 41°55′28″N 91°36′55″W / 41.92444°N 91.61528°W / 41.92444; -91.61528
Callsign meaning K HAwK (reference to the Iowa Hawkeyes)
Owner Townsquare Media
(Townsquare Media Cedar Rapids License, LLC)
Sister stations KRNA, KRQN, KDAT
Webcast Listen Live

KHAK (98.1 FM) is a radio station that broadcasts a country music format to the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City, Iowa area. Licensed to Cedar Rapids, Iowa the station is currently owned by Townsquare Media. Its tower is also near Cedar Rapids, broadcasting the signal at 100,000 watts.


KHAK is one of the top-ranked radio stations in the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City Market. It is based in the Cedar Rapids Market, but it is heard in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls and Quad Cities markets as well in spots. Townsquare Media is the owner of the station, as well as its sister stations KRNA, KRQN, and KDAT.

The Cedar Rapids allocation for 98.1 FM signed on in 1961, alongside its AM sister station at 1360 AM, both taking on the call letters KHAK. Both stations formatted country music—although not exclusively until sometime later in the 1960s—and for many years the FM signal duplicated from the AM frequency. University of Iowa athletics were also a mainstay for many years. This setup continued for many years, until some point in the mid-1990s when KHAK-AM changed its format to contemporary Christian as KTOF-AM, and was a simulcast of KWOF in Hiawatha, Iowa;[1] KHAK-FM's country format remains to this day.

On August 30, 2013, a deal was announced in which Townsquare Media would acquire 53 Cumulus Media stations, including KHAK, for $238 million. The deal is part of Cumulus' acquisition of Dial Global; Townsquare and Dial Global are both controlled by Oaktree Capital Management.[2][3] The sale to Townsquare was completed on November 14, 2013.[4]


  1. ^ Kenyon, John (2002-01-04). "Radio fans must learn new numbers". Cedar Rapids Gazette. KTOF-AM (1360), which until Dec. 19 aired religious programming, is now KMJM-AM, playing what owner Clear Channel refers to as "American music classics," primarily popular music of the '30s and '40s. The religious programming that aired on KTOF was provided by KWOF-AM (850) out of Hiawatha. 
  2. ^ "Official: Cumulus Buys Dial Global, Spins Some Stations To Townsquare; Peak Stations Sold To Townsquare, Fresno Spun To Cumulus". All Access. August 30, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Cumulus Makes Dial Global And Townsquare Deals Official". RadioInsight. August 30, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Cumulus-Townsquare-Peak Deal Closes". All Access. November 15, 2013. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 

External links[edit]