Broadcast areaWaterloo-Cedar Falls
Frequency98.5 MHz
FormatTop 40 (CHR)
First air date
January 7, 1994 (as KKCV)
Former call signs
KKCV (1993-2003), KOEL (2003)
KOEL-FM (2003-2020)
Call sign meaning
The Q in KKHQ is used for the "Q98.5" branding
Technical information
Facility ID66780
ERP15,000 watts
HAAT129 meters (423 ft)
WebcastListen Live

KKHQ-FM (branded as Q98-5) is a radio station serving Waterloo, Cedar Falls, and surrounding cities with a Top 40/CHR format. This station broadcasts on FM frequency 98.5 MHz and is owned by Townsquare Media.

On August 30, 2013, a deal was announced in which Townsquare Media would acquire 53 Cumulus stations, including the then-KOEL-FM, for $238 million. The deal was part of Cumulus' acquisition of Dial Global; Townsquare and Dial Global are both controlled by Oaktree Capital Management.[1][2] The sale to Townsquare was completed on November 14, 2013; KOEL-FM was one of three stations (along with KCRR and KKHQ-FM) that were placed in a divestiture trust for eventual resale within two years.[3] In December 2016, the Federal Communications Commission approved Townsquare's request to reacquire the stations from the divestiture trust.[4]

On December 9, 2020, KOEL-FM and KKHQ-FM swapped frequencies, bringing the KOEL-FM call letters and the country format back to 92.3 FM after 17 years. In return, KKHQ-FM's Top 40/CHR format moved to 98.5 and rebranded as "Q98.5".[5]


  1. ^ "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.
  2. ^ "Cumulus Makes Dial Global And Townsquare Deals Official". RadioInsight. August 30, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
  3. ^ "Cumulus-Townsquare-Peak Deal Closes". All Access. November 15, 2013. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  4. ^ "Connoisseur Media Sells Wichita Pair to Rocking M Media".
  5. ^ "Townsquare Swaps Formats in Waterloo".

Coordinates: 42°26′31″N 92°23′49″W / 42.442°N 92.397°W / 42.442; -92.397