Sample: 106.5 KQQK Galveston, TX | August, 1986

107.9 KQQK El Norte

Galveston, Texas
Date of Recording: 08.xx.1986 (Exact Date Unknown)
Station: 106.5 KQQK (KQBU/KOBE) Galveston, Texas, USA
Format: Spanish Language CHR
Contributor: Robyn Watts
Airchexx Entry: 1,457


South Texas might be one of the only markets where radio programming consists of all the major formats, plus Regional Mexican, Salsa and the VERY popular Tejano format. And here, a CHR station playing the top American hits with Spanish deejays and jingles. The only part of this aircheck in English is the Top Hour Legal ID – per FCC Regulations! While your webmaster knows only a few Spanish words, someone out there remembers this station.

Wikipedia has some more recent information about this station, and since it swapped frequencies in 2001, a bit of background is in order. Here’s what Wiki has in its database:

KQQK (107.9 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a Regional Mexican format. It is licensed to Beaumont, Texas, USA, and is owned by Liberman Broadcasting.[1]

The station used to be a rock radio station as KWIC. It moved to its current facility in Devers, Texas to include service into Houston in mid-1993 as KXTJ, “Super Tejano 108”. It rivaled KQQK with a similar contemporary Spanish, “Tejano” format. In 1995, El Dorado Communications purchased the signal and began simulcasting KQQK. Not long after the signal was spun off with “La Nueva Z” a regional Spanish format. In 2001, KQQK was moved to 107.9 after the 106.5 frequency was purchased by Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation, where it moved its successful “K-Love” format from 93.3 FM.

On January 3, 2010, KQQK and sister station KXGJ Bay City began simulcasting the programming of KNTE-FM El Campo.

107.9 KQQK El Norte

1 Comment

  1. John

    I have 2 hours unscoped audio from July 30, 1987. My aunt was a guest DJ as part of a Hippest Tejano in Houston contest. The djs spoke a mix of English and Spanish or “Spanglish”, playing nothing but current English top 40 hits, sometimes even playing only 12 inch versions of some songs. Most memorable to me is the dance version of Robert Palmer’s “I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On”. I ran out and bought a copy because I heard it there which I still have today.

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