|Broadcast area||Manhattan, Kansas|
|Branding||Q Country 103.5|
|Slogan||Manhattan's Choice for Country|
|Frequency||103.5 MHz (also on HD Radio)|
|Translator(s)||92.7 K224EX (Manhattan, relays HD2)|
|First air date||February 14, 1986|
HD2: Active rock "Q-Rock 92.7"
|Webcast||Listen Live (HD1)
Listen Live (HD2)
KQLA "Q Country 103.5" is a radio station licensed to Ogden, Kansas. It broadcasts to the Junction City-Manhattan-Fort Riley area broadcasting on 103.5 MHz with an ERP of 41,000 watts. The station is owned by Eagle Communications, which also owns stations KJCK and KJCK-FM, as well as 25 radio stations throughout Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri.
KQLA went on the air on the evening of February 14, 1986, with a Top 40 format, and competed against (now sister station) KJCK-FM and KMKF. (The station actually began airing construction sounds on February 12, while also conducting initial transmitter tests and generating curiosity in the community about its unannounced future format). It was owned by Kaw Valley Broadcasting Company. KQLA originally began broadcasting on 103.9 MHz at 3,000 Watts and was branded "Q-104" (an approximation of the original frequency). The station was licensed to Ogden, Kansas, a small community situated between Manhattan and Junction City near Fort Riley. In 1991, KQLA switched frequencies with KNZA, a station in Hiawatha located on 103.5. It switched to a Hot AC format when the station was sold to Platinum Broadcasting (97.5's owners) on August 1, 1997. It featured the "Young AC" programming from ABC Radio, which was satellite-fed. This lasted until 2005 when the owners cut the satellite feed and focused on local DJs and moved towards an adult contemporary format. The same satellite-fed format, known as "Today's Best Hits", could also be heard on Concordia, Kansas, based station, KCKS "94.9 Kiss FM" (which can be reached in the Junction City area), until 2010, when that station went towards a local presentation, changed call letters to KNCK and was renamed "NCK 94-9".
KQLA was the local affiliate for "Intelligence for Your Life" with John Tesh, Tom Kent's programs ("Your Request Show", "The Tom Kent Program", "My 70's Show", and "The Ultimate Party"), "The 70's w/ Steve Goddard", "American Top 10 w/ Casey Kasem", "American Gold w/ Dick Bartley", and "The Retro Pop Reunion w/ Joe Cortese".
On October 6, 2011, Platinum Broadcasting announced it was ceasing operations, and that the station, along with its sister stations, will be sold to Hays-based Eagle Communications, pending FCC approval. The sale was approved on December 15, 2011.
On July 25, 2013, the station dropped its Adult Contemporary format and began stunting with Christmas music. This plays on certain retail stores such as K-Mart hosting "Christmas in July" sales, which have become common in the past decade. The stunting is a prelude to a possible format change to country music.
In December 2015, Eagle announced it would acquire translator K224EX (92.7 FM) from the University of Kansas, and would activate HD Radio services for KQLA, with the translator being utilized to re-broadcast an HD sub-channel for the station (in this case, KQLA-HD2). On March 16, 2016, Eagle signed on the translator, which airs an active rock format branded as "Q-Rock 92.7", and competes against Manhattan Broadcasting Company's KMKF. The translator's transmitter is di-plexed with KQLA's transmitter, which is located on Bagdad Hill on the southwest side of Manhattan. The translator is slightly nulled to the west to avoid co-channel interference with KZUH in Salina.
Currently, the station is ranked at # 13.
- Official website
- Former satellite-fed Hot AC format, provided by ABC Radio
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KQLA
- Radio-Locator information on KQLA
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KQLA
- Query the FCC's FM station database for K224EX
- Radio-Locator information on K224EX