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KQAD AM800 logo.png
City Luverne, Minnesota
Broadcast area Luverne-Rock Rapids
Slogan Lite Favorites
Frequency 800 kHz
First air date March 1, 1971
Format Adult Contemporary
Power 500 watts day
80 watts night
Class D
Facility ID 39259
Transmitter coordinates 43°39′1.00″N 96°10′19.00″W / 43.6502778°N 96.1719444°W / 43.6502778; -96.1719444
Owner Digity, LLC
(Digity 3E License, LLC)
Sister stations KLQL
Website KQAD & K101fm website

KQAD (800 AM) is a radio station broadcasting an adult contemporary format. Licensed to Luverne, Minnesota, United States, the station serves the Luverne and Rock Rapids areas. The station is currently owned by Digity, LLC, through licensee Digity 3E License, LLC.[1] The station play lite hits from the 1960s to the present. Ron Cote hosts the morning show, Bruce Thalhuber is the afternoon host and Andy Gott is on evenings. The station covers local news from Luverne and Rock Rapids, and covers Luverne Cardinal High School sports, with "the Voice Of The Cardinals", Bruce Thalhuber.

Founding and early history[edit]

In the late 1960s well-known local newspaperman, Al McIntosh, became aware of an application pending at the FCC to locate an AM radio station in Luverne. This application was initiated by the owner of a radio station in York, NE, so McIntosh convinced four other local businessmen, Mort Skewes, Warren Schoon, Rollie Swanson, and Dominic Lippi, to join forces and submit a competing application to the FCC. These two applications were mutually exclusive, and sat in the hands of the FCC for upwards of two years before local stakeholders accelerated the process.[2] In the spring of 1968 Paul Hedberg, an experienced owner of another radio station in southern Minnesota, joined the five businessmen from Luverne, and together they entered negotiations with their competitor to withdraw his application with the FCC. Soon thereafter the FCC granted the six-member ownership group, now organized as Siouxland Broadcasting, the construction permit for KQAD-AM.[3] At its inception KQAD broadcast a pop music format, and was affiliated with the ABC Radio Network.[4]

Six months after the debut of KQAD-AM, its sister station KQAD-FM went on the air. KQAD-FM is now known as KLQL.[5]


  1. ^ "KQAD Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  2. ^ Paul C. Hedberg, The Time of My Life (Spirit Lake, IA: University of Okoboji Press, 2014), 97.
  3. ^ Hedberg, The Time of My Life, 98-99.
  4. ^ Hedberg, The Time of My Life, 100.
  5. ^ Hedberg, The Time of My Life, 99.

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