KQLX-FM
Thunder Country (KQLX-FM).png
Broadcast areaFargo-Moorhead
Frequency106.1 MHz
BrandingThunder 106.1
Programming
Language(s)English
FormatClassic Country
AffiliationsABC News, True Country
Ownership
OwnerI3G Radio, LLC
KQLX, KEGK
History
First air date
May 5, 1986
Technical information
Facility ID60188
ClassC1
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT217.8 meters (714.6 feet)
Transmitter coordinates
46°44′39″N 97°25′38″W / 46.74417°N 97.42722°W / 46.74417; -97.42722
Links
WebcastListen Live
Websitewww.thunder1061.com

KQLX-FM (106.1 FM, "Thunder 106.1") is a radio station broadcasting a classic-based country music format. Licensed to Lisbon, North Dakota, it serves the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area.[1]

Its studios are located on Westrac Drive in Fargo, while its transmitter is located northwest of Leonard.

History

On April 29, 2005, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted KQLX-FM a construction permit to upgrade increase in power to 100,000 watts from a location nearer Fargo, North Dakota from 50,000 watts at a site in Lisbon. The station upgraded on April 29, 2008 and tweaked from "Hit Kickin' Country" to a classic country format as "True Country".

A sale was finalized in July 2009, for transfer of ownership from Terry Loomis's Sheyenne Valley Broadcasting to Great Plains Integrated of Fargo, North Dakota. Great Plains Integrated was owned by Scott Hennen until he was forced out of the company in 2010.

The station was assigned the KQLX-FM call letters by the Federal Communications Commission on May 5, 1986.[2]

On March 18, 2009 KQLX-FM changed their format to talk radio, branded as "106.1 FM Talk". The 106.1 FM Talk lineup included Don Imus, Dennis Miller, Jake Weber, Glenn Beck, Jason Lewis, and Tony Bruno. In April, 106.1 FM Talk announced The Ed Schultz Show will be joining the station lineup. The MSNBC "Ed" Show aired weeknights at 5pm on FM Talk now and the Ed Schultz Show started the show in July. KFGO in Fargo refused to air the Ed Schultz national show live and instead aired the show late at night tape delayed. Ed Schultz fell through shortly in September 2009, and KQLX reverted to the a country format as "106.1 Liberty FM".

On November 1, 2010 KQLX-FM rebranded as "Thunder 106.1" with a classic-based country format and began targeting the Fargo-Moorhead area.

References

  1. ^ "Winter 2008 Station Information Profile". Arbitron.
  2. ^ "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database.