Unlike many radio stations, we format our programming to fit the life style of people that live in our listening area. Throughout each day we offer our listeners a wide variety of information based shows that make them a part of what we do . As an example, our widely listened to "Focus on Health" is a 30 minute live call in show which originates from our studio each Wednesday morning. Our listeners have the opportunity to call in health related questions to be answered by a health care professional. Other live local call-in shows include "The Bradford Financial News and Investment Hour", and “Windsor Wellness Show”, to our daily "Trading Post" that allows the listener to call in with items to buy, sell or trade. Each hour of the day, KQWC offers a diverse menu of programs with a mix of the "best of the best" adult contemporary music from the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's.
KQWC Radio brings to this area a rich history of quality news and information radio that has been enjoyed by listeners since the initial sign-on date of February 9, 1950. The call letters of KJFJ were first used when the station was owned by the local newspaper, The Daily Freeman Journal.
In 1971 GO-RICH Corporation purchased KJFJ and combined the AM station with 95.9 FM purchased by GORICH Corp. from Jack Whitesell of Iowa Falls. Most recently, KQWC upgraded it’s FM and changed frequency from 95.9 to 95.7 along with a new 445 foot tower built in 1991 and licensed the FM power from 3,000 watts to 25,000 watts. This gives us a coverage from Des Moines to Clear Lake and from Waverly to Sac City.
After 62 years KQWC continues to be one of the most respected sources of information in north-central Iowa. KQWC has made a commitment to continue to provide this area with the kind of radio that people have come to depend on with news coverage that has won this station many awards throughout the years.
The ice storm of October 1991 was the most disastrous ice storm in Iowa history and KQWC stayed on the air 24 hours a day using it’s own generated power to relay messages and information to people and businesses that had no other way to communicate. Over a decade later, people in north central Iowa talk about the stellar job KQWC did during that storm. We literally saved lives by providing a vocal link to our listening audience. Its that kind of radio that KQWC has been known for in the 10 county area our signal covers.
KQWC AM and FM is owned by NRG Media LLC based in Cedar Rapids.
KQWC has earned a number of awards for broadcast excellence and community
Because of the kind of format KQWC offers, our listeners are the type of people that thrive on information every day. It's the same kind of audience (ages 25-60) that will watch a network television news or the Weather Channel. This category of person generally has the ability to live a more "affluent" lifestyle with more spendable income. This is the reason KQWC has over 700 retail and service businesses marketing their products and services on our KQWC Radio continuously.
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