KQLK

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KQLK
KQLK-FM 2015.png
City DeRidder, Louisiana
Broadcast area Southwest Louisiana
Branding "97-9 Nash Icon"
Slogan "Playing Great Music from Yesterday and Today"
Frequency 97.9 FM MHz
First air date September 6, 1991 on 101.7[1]
Format Country[2]
Power 50,000 Watts
HAAT 150 meters (490 ft)
Class C2
Facility ID 9029
Transmitter coordinates 30°36′57.0″N 93°13′31.0″W / 30.615833°N 93.225278°W / 30.615833; -93.225278
Callsign meaning KQ Lake Charles
Former callsigns KEAZ (1991-2000)
KAOK-FM (2000-2003)
Owner Cumulus Media
(Cumulus Licensing LLC)
Sister stations KAOK, KBIU, KKGB, KXZZ, KYKZ
Webcast KQLK Webstream
Website KQLK Online

KQLK is a country formatted broadcast radio station licensed to DeRidder, Louisiana, serving Southwest Louisiana.[2] KQLK is owned and operated by Cumulus Media.[3]

History[edit]

In September 1991, what was originally KQLK 97.9 was located at 101.7 MHz [4] and with the callsign KEAZ featuring a country music format. It served primarily the De Ridder, Fort Polk and Leesville, Louisiana market and was owned by DeRidder FM Broadcasting, Inc. The signal was very fringe and almost inaccessible to the Lake Charles and Southwest Louisiana market. In 2000, Pittman Broadcasting, LLC. bought the station and later flipped the station to an FM simulcast of KAOK-AM, a news and talk station in nearby Lake Charles; this time with a new frequency change from 101.7 to 97.9 and a relocated transmitter from Vernon to Beauregard Parish. In 2003, the station switched back to country music as "Country 98", and switched its call sign to the current KQLK. The end result was moderate to below average ratings. In late 2004, the station was bought by Cumulus Media and would change to Hot 97-9; featuring a CHR format with a predominantly hip hop slant. On August 15, 2014, the station switched to country for the third time as one of the first affiliates of Cumulus' Nash Icon network.[5] As of 2017, the station serves the Lake Charles and Southwest Louisiana market but is still licensed to its hometown of De Ridder.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 2010 (PDF). ProQuest, LLC/Reed Publishing (Nederland), B.V. 2010. p. D-252. Retrieved June 15, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Arbitron Station Information Profiles". Nielsen Audio/Nielsen Holdings. Retrieved June 15, 2015. 
  3. ^ "KQLK Facility Record". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved June 15, 2015. 
  4. ^ https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/218281832/
  5. ^ https://formatchange.com/kqlk-becomes-97-9-nash-icon/

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