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CityDuluth, Minnesota
Broadcast areaDuluth-Superior
BrandingThe Jock 1490
Frequency1490 kHz
Translator(s)100.9 W265DO (Duluth)
First air dateMarch 11, 1963[1]
Power1,000 watts
Facility ID65661
Callsign meaningJOQ = "Jock"
Former callsignsKAOH (1963–1980)
KQDS (1980–1981)
WNLT (1981–1984)
KBXT (1984–1988)
KQDS (1988–1997)
KDDS (1997–1999)
KQDS (1999-2017)
AffiliationsNBC Sports Radio
OwnerDaniel and Alana Hatfield
(Twin Ports Radio, LLC)
Sister stationsWWAX
WebsiteKJOQ Online

KJOQ (1490 AM, "The Jock 1490") is a commercial AM radio station in Duluth, Minnesota. Established in 1963 as KAOH, the station is owned by Daniel and Alana Hatfield, through licensee Twin Ports Radio, LLC, and airs a sports format featuring programming from NBC Sports Radio. The studios are located in Duluth's Central Hillside at 806 East 4th street in Duluth. The AM transmitter is located off Maryland Avenue in Superior, Wisconsin and the 100.9 FM translator is co-located with sister station WWAX 92.1 FM in the Duluth antenna farm.[2]


The then-KQDS previously aired a progressive talk radio format with programming from Air America Radio along with The Ed Schultz Show until February 2007, when it began airing an oldies format with Scott Shannon's True Oldies Channel from ABC Radio.[3]

Former logo for KQDS as an affiliate of the Fan network

On January 5, 2009, KQDS became the Duluth-Superior media market home of the FAN Radio Network, based at KFXN-FM in Minneapolis. On March 2, 2015, its sister station, 92.1 WWAX began carrying FAN Radio Network programming while KQDS became a full-time network affiliate of the NBC Sports Radio Network.[4]

On April 19, 2017, Red Rock Radio announced that it would sell KQDS and WWAX to Twin Ports Radio for $200,000; through a time brokerage agreement, Twin Ports assumed control of the stations on May 1. Twin Ports' owner, Dan Hatfield, also runs Christian radio station WJRF; following the sale, WWAX and KQDS were to move their studios to WJRF's facilities, but would retain their sports formats.[5] The terms of the sale required KQDS to change its call letters.[6] Upon consummation of the sale on June 30, 2017, KQDS changed their call letters to KJOQ and rebranded as "The Jock 1490".


  1. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1999 (PDF). 1999. p. D-234. Retrieved April 20, 2017.
  2. ^ "Predicted Nighttime Coverage Area for KJOQ 1490 AM, Duluth, MN". radio-locator.com. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  3. ^ "Radio Stations". Scott Shannon's True Oldies Channel. Archived from the original on July 28, 2008. Retrieved December 19, 2008.
  4. ^ "Duluth 1490 Programming Schedule". radioredzone.com. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  5. ^ Venta, Lance (April 19, 2017). "Red Rock Radio Sells Last Two Duluth Stations". RadioInsight. Retrieved April 20, 2017.
  6. ^ "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. April 19, 2017. Retrieved April 20, 2017.

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Coordinates: 46°43′28″N 92°07′11″W / 46.72444°N 92.11972°W / 46.72444; -92.11972