|Broadcast area||Dubuque and Vicinity|
|Branding||WDBQ NewsTalk 1490 AM|
|Slogan||"Dubuque's News, Talk and Sports Leader."|
(Townsquare Media Dubuque License, LLC)
|Sister stations||KLYV, KXGE, WDBQ-FM, WJOD|
WDBQ (1490 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a talk radio format. Located in Dubuque, Iowa, USA, the station is currently owned by Townsquare Media and licensed to Townsquare Media Dubuque License, LLC. 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. 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. The transaction was consummated effective November 14, 2013.
- "WDBQ Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
- "Official: Cumulus Buys Dial Global, Spins Some Stations To Townsquare; Peak Stations Sold To Townsquare, Fresno Spun To Cumulus". All Access. August 30, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
- "Cumulus Makes Dial Global And Townsquare Deals Official". RadioInsight. August 30, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
- WDBQ NewsTalk 1490AM
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WDBQ
- Radio-Locator Information on WDBQ
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WDBQ
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