|First air date||1968 (on 98.7)|
|Format||Commercial; Active rock|
inherited from KQWB
|Former frequencies||98.7 MHz (1968-2013)|
|Owner||Radio FM Media
(Radio Fargo-Moorhead, Inc.)
|Sister stations||K233CY, KBVB, KPFX, KLTA-FM, KQWB, KBMW, W245CM|
KQWB-FM (105.1 FM, "Q105.1") is an Active rock radio station located in Fargo, North Dakota (licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to Breckenridge, Minnesota), owned by Jim Ingstad's Radio FM Media.
From 1968-2013, KQWB-FM was on 98.7 MHz, but moved to 105.1 MHz on August 16, 2013.
First four decades on 98.7
98.7 FM (MHz) first went on the air in 1968 as KQWB-FM (inheriting call letters from KQWB), after Midwest Radio Company received a construction permit for a new FM station with transmitter facilities north of Glyndon, Minnesota. In 1981, the station's transmitter was moved to the old KXGO-TV/KEND-TV (now KVLY-TV) tower south of Sabin, MN.
While being a rock station for nearly all of its existence, Q98 was more specifically an active rock station since the early 1990s, with its roots in album oriented rock (AOR). For most of the last decade, KQWB-FM has had a syndicated morning show. In 1998, Scotch & Daniels was replaced with Bob and Tom in the morning. In 2000, Bob and Tom was dropped, and Scotch was brought back with Dui. They remained as morning show hosts until 2003, when they were replaced with another syndicated duo, Lex and Terry.
For many years, KQWB-FM aired the Alternative Feed on Sunday evenings. This show featured music from lesser known alternative bands and music from up and coming mainstream artists. This show ended in July 2012. This show was replaced (indirectly) with Metal Imperium, a three-hour show on Saturday evenings featuring Gunner and Chow, airing the newest and heaviest metal in the KQWB library. This show was disconnected in 2015.
Frequency swap with 98.7
On August 9, 2013, KQWB-FM announced they would be moving to from 98.7 MHz to 105.1 MHz, replacing sister station KLTA. The station re-branded as Q105.1, and brought the active rock format and personalities with them from 98.7. Q98 dedicated their whole last day to their listeners as they played nearly everything that was requested. They took requests from the phone lines, Twitter, and Facebook. At Midnight on the 16th, the station began a temporary simulcast with 105.1 that ran until 5pm that evening. Q98's official last song was "Revolution is My Name" by Pantera, which was played before the start of the simulcast. After a quick pause on both stations so they could catch up with each other, the simulcast kicked off with "I'll Stick Around" by The Foo Fighters.
At 5:00pm that evening in the middle of "In the End" by Black Veil Brides, the music and simulcast faded on 98.7 and stunting for 98.7's new format began. At that point, 98.7 began identifying as KLTA, effectively completing a call sign swap with KQWB. 98.7 debuted with a Hot AC/Top 40 (CHR) hyrbid format as "Big 98.7" on August 19, directly competing against long running Top 40 outlet WDAY-FM "Y94".
In May 1999, Triad Broadcasting reached a deal to acquire this station (along with KQWB, KVOX-FM, KLTA (who was then on 105.1), and KPFX from brothers Jim and Tom Ingstad as part of a twelve-station deal valued at a reported $37.8 million.
On November 30, 2012, Triad Broadcasting signed a Definitive Agreement to sell all 32 of their stations to Larry Wilson's L&L Broadcasting for $21 Million. Upon completion of the sale on May 1, 2013, L&L in turn sold the Fargo stations to Jim Ingstad, who had just sold his competing cluster to Midwest Communications. An LMA (Local Marketing Agreement) was placed so Ingstad could take immediate control of the stations, and the sale became final July 2, 2013. The sale was worth $9.5 million.
Former Q98 DJs
- Sparks (Afternoons, now at KOMP)
- Nomi (Weeknights, now at KRXP)
- Ben & Jim (now at KVMI)
- Lee Baxter
- Jack Spade
- Jamie Kayne
- Mike Waters (now at WOLX)
- Scotch (now at KRWK)
- Tank (Now at KVOX)
- Shelly Knight
- Big Dog (Mike Kapel, now at WDAY)
- Jim Daniels
- Big Jim Davis
- Mark Nicholls (Announcer and Operations manager)
- Ty Banks (Deceased)
- Tina Rene
- Gregg Steele (now at Sirius)
- Tim Burns
- Steve Ryan
- Lisa Flee
- Dude Walker
- Denniz Mann
- Buddy Jones
- Paula Saturn
- Kathy Carns/Katie Cole
- Marc Evans
- Jon Erdahl
- Susan Klein
- Stucker (Also Drunk Muthr Stucker)
- "Site of the Week 12/12/2014: More Fargo (Big Trip 2013 Part 8)". Fybush.com.
- "FM 105.1 BECOMES Q105.1". FormatChange.com.
- KQWB Changes Frequency But Keeps Format [All Access]
- "The Former KQWB is Stunting in Fargo". All Access.
- "Fargo Gets Big". All Access.
- Holmes, Alisa (1999-05-24). "Changing Hands". Broadcasting & Cable.
- "Triad Sells To Larry Wilson's L&L". All Access. 2012-12-03.
- "Shuffle puts former KFGO owner in charge of longtime competitors". Fargo Forum. 2013-05-02.
- Q105.1 website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KQWB
- Radio-Locator information on KQWB
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KQWB