|Broadcast area||Salt Lake City metro area|
|Slogan||Best Variety of the 70s thru Today|
|First air date||1983 (on 95.5)
2004 (on 103.1)
|Format||Adult Contemporary (Christmas music Nov.-Dec.)|
|Former callsigns||KPEB (2001-2004)
KSQN is a radio station in Salt Lake City, Utah, which airs an adult contemporary radio format. It broadcasts at 103.1 MHz. Its studios are located at the 257 Tower in Downtown Salt Lake City, and the transmitter site is atop Humpy Peak.
Previously known as Classic Alternative KJQ, the station flipped to Jack FM in January 2005.
KSQN is licensed to Coalville, Utah, and KNJQ to Manti, Utah. KNJQ ceased to simulcast the station in late 2005 and went off-air shortly after a brief stint of running Simmons' KZNS 1280 sports-talk format. The station is now on-air as KUDD and simulcasting MillCreek-owned "U92" through a mutual agreement between the companies.
On March 25, 2014, 103.1 changed its call sign to KSQN. At the time, it was speculated that 103.1 would change to a new music format known as, according to website registration, "Sunny 103." The KLO simulcast registered an 0.5 in the February 2014 PPM ratings.
KJQN began as a modern rock station from Ogden, Utah in 1983. At that time, the station broadcast on 95.5 FM and was also heard with a 1,000-watt simulcast from 1490 AM, which would later become KOGN.
In the late 1980s, KJQN was purchased by Abacus Communications, which fired much of the high-ranking staff in 1991. Fired program director Mike Summers, engineered a deal to take over another station, then-top 40 KZOL of Provo, Utah. Re-dubbed "X96" in February 1992, KXRK raided much of KJQ's talent. For a time the stations competed, but as KJQ's ratings eroded and modern rock promoters split their business, management decided to switch formats. In early October 1992 KJQN-FM switched formats to top 40, adopting the letters KKBE. Soon thereafter KJQN-AM became a religious-themed station, changing its call letters as well. In May 1993 the Abacus sold KKBE, which became a satellite format for "Super Gospel Country."
In 2001, Simmons purchased stations in Brigham City and Oakley, and acquired the historic call letters. The "classic modern rock" format adopted by Simmons was meant to evoke music played on the original KJQ. The morning show featured veterans of the original KJQ, "Chet and Brad," and the station adopted some of the original KJQ's promotions including the old "Bessie" milk truck. Management went through several program directors including Ian McCain (from KCPX), Dom Casual (from KENZ and veteran of the original KJQ), Lara Jones (a veteran of the original KJQ), interim PD Todd Noker (also PD at sister station KXRK) and Music Director Jon Smith (also from KENZ). As of February 2010, the Program Director of KJQN is Frank Bell. As of November 2010 The Program Director of KJQN is Randy Rose.
On January 21, 2005, the station switched to the adult hits Jack FM format at noon, and the staff was laid off mid-shift without advanced notice. Management stated the audience "wasn't growing as fast as we wanted."
- Griggs, Brandon (2005-02-01). "'New' radio station serves up the same old stale mix of music". The Salt Lake Tribune.; see also Arave, Lynn (2005-01-28). "KJQN says 'bye to alternative music". Deseret Morning News.
- Sunny Shines in Salt Lake City
- Ross, Sean (1992-05-09). "Docket '92: Everything Else Is Just A Light? More Fights From Philly, Salt Lake City". Billboard. p. 85.
- Ross, Sean (1992-02-22). "Even More Markets Get LMAs From Hell; WW1 Loses Shannon Countdown, O'Malley". Billboard. p. 75.
- Boehlert, Eric (1992-11-07). "Changes Send Waves Thru Salt Lake City Market". Billboard.
- Stark, Phyllis (1993-05-22). "Two WKBQ Jocks Raise The Ire Of NAACP; WBOB On 1st-Name Basis; Murphy Resigns". Billboard.
- Arave, Lynn (2001-07-20). "Rumors flying about new Wasatch Front radio stations". Deseret News.
- Arave, Lynn (2002-01-18). "KJQ returns to airwaves with adult alternative music". Deseret News.
- Arave, Lynn (2002-05-24). "'Chet and Brad' a good KJQN fit". Deseret News.
- Arave, Lynn (2003-07-23). "Disc jockey finds his way back home to KJQ". Deseret News.
- See also: List of Salt Lake City media
- Sunny 103 official website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KSQN
- Radio-Locator information on KSQN
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KSQN
- Classic Alternative KJQ Tribute site
- The Classic Alternative Blog - Edited by a fan of both incarnations of KJQ, and featuring news on the artists who were frequently played on KJQ.