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For the FM radio station in Galena, Illinois, United States, see WDBQ-FM.
City Dubuque, Iowa
Broadcast area Dubuque and Vicinity
Branding WDBQ NewsTalk 1490 AM
Slogan "Dubuque's News, Talk and Sports Leader."
Frequency 1490 kHz
Format News/Talk/Sports
Power 1,000 watts
Class C
Facility ID 12705
Transmitter coordinates 42°30′10.00″N 90°42′24.00″W / 42.5027778°N 90.7066667°W / 42.5027778; -90.7066667
Callsign meaning DuBuQue
Affiliations ABC News
ESPN Radio
Owner Townsquare Media
(Townsquare Media Dubuque License, LLC)
Sister stations KLYV, KXGE, WDBQ-FM, WJOD
Website WDBQ Online

WDBQ (1490 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a talk radio format. Located in Dubuque, Iowa, United States, the station is currently owned by Townsquare Media and licensed to Townsquare Media Dubuque License, LLC.[1] Signing on over 70 years ago, WDBQ is one of the older stations to serve the state of Iowa. For a number of years the station offered an oldies format.[citation needed] The station's predecessor had the call letters WKBB.

As of September 2009, WDBQ's weekday programming includes Michael Smerconish, Laura Ingraham, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Fred Thompson. Sports on WDBQ includes the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bulls, and Chicago Bears as well as Loras College football and basketball, high school sports, The Indy Racing League and ESPN Radio. Kim Komando's technology adivce show can be heard Saturday mornings.

On August 30, 2013, a deal was announced in which Cumulus Media would swap its stations in Dubuque (including WDBQ) and Poughkeepsie, New York to Townsquare Media in exchange for Peak Broadcasting's Fresno, California stations. The deal is part of Cumulus' acquisition of Dial Global; Townsquare, Peak, and Dial Global are all controlled by Oaktree Capital Management.[2][3] The transaction was consummated effective November 14, 2013.


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