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KQDS logo
City Duluth, Minnesota
Broadcast area Duluth-Superior
Branding 95 KQDS
Frequency 94.9 MHz
Repeater(s) 95.3 WXXZ (Grand Marais)
106.3 WMFG-FM (Hibbing)
106.7 KAOD (Babbitt)
First air date August 1, 1981
Format Classic rock
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 258 meters
Class C1
Facility ID 65660
Callsign meaning K Quality Duluth-Superior
(modeled after KQRS-FM in Minneapolis)
Owner Red River Broadcasting
(Red Rock Radio)
Sister stations KQDS, KQDS-TV, WWAX, KZIO
Webcast Listen Live
Website 95kqds.com

KQDS-FM (94.9 FM, "95 KQDS") is a classic rock music formatted radio station located in Duluth, Minnesota. It is owned by Red River Broadcasting, and follows a format similar to that of the well-known KQRS-FM in the Twin Cities.

The studios are located at Grandma's Marketplace, 501 Lake Ave South in Canal Park, Duluth. The station's studios also house NU 92, 94X and 1490 The Fan.

KQDS-FM is simulcast on WXXZ FM 95.3 Grand Marais, WMFG-FM 106.3 Hibbing and KAOD FM 106.7 Babbitt. All stations are owned by Midwest Communications. KQ 95's main competitor is Townsquare Media's Sasquatch 106.5 in Duluth.

KQDS-FM is probably best known for "The KQ Morning Show" which for the last decade has been rated first among adults 25-54 and Men 25-54. The show's longtime host, Bill Jones left the station, the broadcast industry and the city of Duluth December 15, 2009. Jones' Co-host, Jason Manning has returned to KQ with a "revamped" morning show with new co-host Frank Befera. In 2011, Befera was let go and the Morning Show switched to its current line-up of Jason Manning and longtime afternoon DJ Scott Savage.


KQDS-FM originated in 1981 as a progressive rock station. The original on-air staff included Stu Taran, Big G Walters, Annie Steamer, Dan Culhane, Jonathon Hanley, Tony Jasmin, Bruce MacGregor, Marty Essen, and Lisa Barr. The General manager was Mark Alan.[1]


  1. ^ KQDS FM History Timeline. Retrieved 2016-06-03.

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Coordinates: 46°47′38″N 92°07′05″W / 46.794°N 92.118°W / 46.794; -92.118