|City||Rio Rancho, New Mexico|
|Broadcast area||Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|Branding||ESPN Sports Radio 101-7 The Team|
|Slogan||"We want to talk about what you want to talk about"|
|First air date||1984 (as KZIA-FM)|
|Callsign meaning||K Q TeaM|
|Former callsigns||KZIA-FM (1984-1989)
KQTM (101.7 FM, "The Team") is a radio station serving the Albuquerque, New Mexico, area. They are owned by Team Broadcasting and its city of license is Rio Rancho, New Mexico. The station broadcasts with an effective radiated power of 3 kW.
The station broadcasts a Sports Talk format as "The Team" as of August 1, 2008.
101.7 signed on the air in 1984 as talk outlet KZIA-FM, a sister to News station 1580 KZIA. KZIA-FM featured the ABC Talkradio network lineup which included Michael Jackson (English Accented talk show host not musician) Owen Spann, Ira Fistell, Ray Briem.
In 1989 it became KZKL-FM with a '50s and '60s oldies format branded as "Kool 102". The station became very popular for much of the 1990s and would last for more than a decade. In 2000 it had rebranded as KQEO-FM, a callsign that had once been used by a local AM top 40 station during the 60's until about the early 90's. However, by that time it was battling KABG-FM 98.5 and by May 2002, it would drop the oldies format after 13 years.
The new format by that time would be KOSZ-FM a soft adult contemporary format known as "Cozy 101.7". However at that time it's then-owner Simmons Media Group had opted to sell its FM stations to Hispanic Broadcasting. The deal closed by November of that year and after just 5 months on the air KOSZ was changed to a Spanish adult contemporary format called "Viva 101.7" under new call letters KVVF-FM. After underperforming, "Viva" was dropped in April 2004, and the smooth jazz outlet KAJZ-FM, "The Horizon", that was broadcasting on 105.1 was moved to 101.7 to make way for a new classic country format on that frequency. But in October 2005 The Horizon was dropped and changed to KQBT.
Initially KQBT had a rhythmic oldies format as "101.7 The Beat" but shifted to rhythmic adult contemporary in the summer of 2006 and re-branding as "B 101.7" adding current rhythmic hits and phasing out most of the pre-1980 songs it had previously played after the format generated low ratings. However it had since returned to playing mostly 70's and 80's rhythmic hits and continued to generate low ratings. The slogan used was "Albuquerque JAMZ from back in the day!". The KQBT call letters originated on an Austin, Texas radio station now called KUTX, also nicknamed "The Beat."
On May 15, 2008, KQBT was sold to Team Communications, which replaced the rhythmic AC format with sports talk after the deal was completed in August.
KQTM is an affiliate of the ESPN Radio network. It is also the local affiliate for the Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Dodgers (on the Los Angeles Dodgers Radio Network), the New Mexico State Aggies, New Mexico Lobos baseball, and APS Athletics (local high school). The station broadcasts Major League Baseball games as a member of the ESPN Radio network. As of spring 2010, the station began broadcasting University of New Mexico baseball games. KQTM is home to Bob Brown and former University of New Mexico sports broadcaster Mike Roberts.
- "Dodgers Radio Network". Los Angeles Dodgers. Retrieved January 28, 2010.
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