|Broadcast area||Tucson, Arizona|
|Slogan||Tucson's News and Talk|
|Frequency||104.1 MHz (also on HD Radio)|
|First air date||1994 (as KKHG)|
|HAAT||100 meters (330 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||K Q TruTH (previous branding)|
|Former callsigns||KUDO (1992-1994)
|Owner||E.W. Scripps Company
(Scripps Broadcasting Holdings LLC)
KQTH (104.1 FM) is a news/talk radio station in Tucson, Arizona". KQTH is owned by E.W. Scripps Company. It is based from studios co-located with television station KGUN-TV in Tucson, and a transmitter site is located in the city's northwest side.
As of March 2010, 104.1 was the most listened to news and talk radio station in Tucson, and the fifth most listened to station overall.
104.1's weekday lineup includes Southern Arizona's most-listened to news/talk morning radio program, "The Jon Justice Show" from 6am - 10am. The show is also simulcast on Tucson CW channel 58 from 7am - 9am. Jon Justice has received numerous accolades while at 104.1 including: 2009 Marconi Finalist - Medium Market Personality of the Year, Tucson Weekly Readers Choice as Tucson's Best Radio Personality, 2010 and Tucson's Best Radio Talk Show Host in 2010 & 2009, and Inside Tucson Business' 2010 Class of Up & Comers.
Weekend programs and hosts include: Clark Howard, Ben Ferguson, Real Estate Today, and Watchdog on Wall Street. Local how-to programming includes: Simmons Car Care Shop Talk, The Radio Pet Vet, Circles of Change with Dr. Zara Larsen, Worry Free Financial Solutions, Wildcat Real Estate, Your Financial Future, The Fred and Jeff Show, Act Against Cancer, American Warrior & Daily Male with Dave Sitton, The New Pueble, and The Optimistic Investor.
Throughout most of its time, it ran under the name "104-1 The Point" and played a lot more '80s than most adult contemporary stations. The station was doing well, did a good job separating itself from KMXZ-FM's (94.9 FM) audience, and was getting good ratings up until late 2004, due to increased competition. KWMT-FM (92.9 FM) flipped from Country to AAA in December 2003 and KSZR (97.5 FM) flipped to AC / Adult Hits in November 2004, which combined to really weaken The Point's audience. Some of the DJ's were Darla Thomas, Angie Handa, Kathy Rivers, Greg Curtis, Sheila K, and Drew Michaels. Darla Thomas was the Operations Manager for all the Tucson radio stations owned by Journal Broadcast Group until November 2010. Greg Curtis is now part of the morning team at sister station KMXZ (94.9 FM).
In 2006 KZPT changed their branding to "Z104.1". Their playlist was still a majority of what "The Point" used to play, only taking out the '80s music and adding more alternative rock with the slogan "Modern Hit Music". They had also added Ken Carr to their DJ line-up, who hosted afternoons on KRQQ (93.7 FM).
On April 10, 2007, the station had switched to "The Truth", a news/conservative talk format which it continues to broadcast to this day. On April 17, 2007, KZPT changed their call letters to KQTH.
On April 21, 2014 KQTH dropped "The Truth" branding and now goes by "104.1 KQTH".
Journal Communications and The E.W. Scripps Company announced on July 30, 2014 that the two companies would merge to create a new broadcast company under the E.W. Scripps Company name that will own the two companies' broadcast properties, including KQTH. The transaction is slated to be completed in 2015, pending shareholder and regulatory approvals.
- "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Spring 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-03-01. Retrieved 2010-04-16.
- "KQTH Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved 2010-04-16.
- "Tucson Arbitrends Rating Report - Dec-Jan-Feb 2010".
- "Tucson talk listeners take cues from Limbaugh, Justice, Hannity".
- "2009 NAB Marconi Radio Awards Finalists Announced".
- "Best Radio Personality".
- "Best Radio Talk Show (Host)".
- "Best Radio Talk Show (Host)".
- "Up & Comers: Jon Justice".
- Less Truth & More News in Tucson
- "E.W. Scripps, Journal Merging Broadcast Ops". TVNewsCheck. July 30, 2014. Retrieved July 31, 2014.
- Official website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KQTH
- Radio-Locator information on KQTH
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KQTH