KQPN

Coordinates: 35°14′46″N 90°08′49″W / 35.24611°N 90.14694°W / 35.24611; -90.14694
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KQPN
Broadcast areaMemphis metropolitan area
Frequency730 kHz
BrandingSportsMap Radio 730 Memphis
Programming
FormatSports
AffiliationsSportsMap
Mississippi State University Bulldogs Network
Ownership
OwnerF.W. Robbert Broadcasting
History
First air date
December 1, 1961 (as KSUD)
Former call signs
KSUD (1962-2005)
Technical information
Facility ID48749
ClassB
Power1,000 watts
Links
WebcastListen Live (via TuneIn)
Websitewww.730sports.com

KQPN (730 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station licensed to West Memphis, Arkansas, and serving the Memphis metropolitan area. It is owned by F.W. Robbert Broadcasting. The station is branded as "Memphis' Sports Station," and is commonly referred to as 'SportsMap Radio 730'. Much of its programming comes from the SportsMap Sports Network. KQPN is also Memphis' home for Mississippi State University Bulldogs athletics.

KQPN broadcasts at 1,000 watts. Because AM 730 is a Canadian and Mexican clear channel frequency, KQPN uses a directional antenna at all times to avoid interfering with other stations. The transmitter is off Gammon Road in Marion, Arkansas.[1]

History[edit]

The station signed on the air on December 1, 1961, as KSUD.[2] It played Top 40 hits. By 1963, the music was a mix of folk, country, and Southern gospel music.[3] It later switched formats to include Christian radio programming and Contemporary Christian music.[4]

In May 2005, KSUD flipped to all-sports, becoming an ESPN Radio Network affiliate.[5] It changed its call sign to KQPN later that year.[6] On August 4, 2008, ESPN programming moved to 680 WSMB from KQPN, and KQPN took over the Fox Sports programming from WSMB the next day.[7]

KQPN became affiliated with Yahoo! Sports Radio on December 5, 2011, after Entercom-owned 790 WMC took Fox Sports Radio away from KQPN beginning on October 17, 2011. In 2016, Yahoo! Sports Radio switched its name to SB Nation Radio.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Radio-Locator.com/KQPN
  2. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1980 page C-17
  3. ^ Comer, Chuck (May 2003). "LITTLE MORE LOVIN". www.rockabillyhall.com (Interview). Interviewed by Steve Kelemen. Archived from the original on 2009-10-27. Retrieved 2009-02-26.
  4. ^ "Memphis Radio and TV Stations". www.memphiswebsites.com. Retrieved 2009-02-26.
  5. ^ www.worldcrossing.com http://www.worldcrossing.com/WebX?14@83.bxJDd5TOnpV@.1dde2ed8/330. Retrieved 2009-02-26. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Report No. 492". hraunfoss.fcc.gov. Archived from the original on 2009-01-09. Retrieved 2009-02-26.
  7. ^ "680 AM to Become ESPN Radio Affiliate". Memphis Business Journal. 2008-08-01.

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