|Broadcast area||Northwest Arkansas|
|Branding||92.1 The Ticket|
|Affiliations||CBS Sports Radio|
NFL on Westwood One
Arkansas Razorbacks Network
|KAMO-FM, KFAY, KKEG, KMCK, KRMW, KYNG|
First air date
|October 16, 1964(as KFAY-FM)|
Former call signs
|HAAT||162 meters (531 ft)|
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KQSM-FM (92.1 MHz) is a commercial FM radio station in Fayetteville, Arkansas, known as 92.1 The Ticket. It is owned by Cumulus Media and broadcasts a sports format. It has been the #1 rated sports radio station in Northwest Arkansas in every ratings book (Arbitron and Nielsen) in total listeners and average share since its inception in June 2009.
KQSM-FM has an effective radiated power (ERP) of 7,600 watts. Its transmitter is off Pug Gayer Road in Fayetteville. The studios and offices are on Frontage Road, off North College Road (U.S. Route 71 Business) in Fayetteville.
Program Director Josh Bertaccini hosts "The Red Zone with JB" during weekday morning drive time. He also hosts "Razorback Recap" after every Arkansas Razorbacks football game. The Jim Rome Show, based in Los Angeles, airs during middays. The Paul Finebaum Show, focusing on Southeastern Conference (SEC) college sports, is heard weekday afternoons. Nights and weekends, KQSM-FM carries CBS Sports Radio.
KQSM-FM broadcasts all University of Arkansas Razorbacks football, basketball and baseball games. In addition, The Ticket carries Northwest Arkansas Naturals minor league baseball broadcasts. The Naturals are the Double A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. 92.1 The Ticket is also the exclusive radio home for NFL on Westwood One broadcasts in Northwest Arkansas as well. Co-owned KYNG 1590 AM Ticket 2 runs CBS Sports Radio, sometimes picking up play-by-play games from KQSM-FM.
On October 16, 1964, the station first signed on the air. It was originally KFAY-FM, the sister station of KFAY 1250 AM. The two stations mostly simulcast a country music format and were owned by H. Weldon Stamps. KFAY-FM ran 3,000 watts, less than half of its current output. It later switched to an easy listening format, separate from the AM station.
In 1970, it switched to Album Oriented Rock as "92.1 The Keg" with the call sign KKEG. Ten years later in 1980, the station dropped AOR and flipped to a Top 40 format for only 6 years. The station dropped Top 40 for adult contemporary for 3 years in 1986, and in 1989, the station dropped adult contemporary and returned back to its former AOR format. KKEG was acquired by Cumulus Media in 1999.
On June 11, 2009, the KKEG call sign and rock music format were moved to 98.3 FM in Bentonville, Arkansas. The KQSM-FM call sign that had been on 98.3 FM was then moved to 92.1 FM and branded as "Sports Radio 92-1 The Ticket". In January 2013, parent company Cumulus Media entered into a partnership with the new CBS Sports Radio Network. Over 150 Cumulus sports stations around the U.S., including KQSM-FM, switched their network affiliation to CBS Sports Radio.