Thursday, July 12, 2018

Twin Cities Radio: KQRS Launches 50th Anniversary Celebration

Cumulus Media announces the launch of its 50th Anniversary celebration of KQRS 92.5 FM, one of the original Progressive/AOR radio stations in the U.S.

The station will mark its Golden Anniversary by recognizing and thanking 50 years of loyal KQ listeners with special events scheduled through year-end. Since its debut in 1968, KQRS has grown into one of America’s leading Classic Rock stations with heritage personalities having a combined tenure at the station of over 140 years, anchored by National Radio Hall of Fame inductee Tom Barnard, host of the “KQ Morning Show” since 1986.

Highlights of KQ’s 50th Anniversary celebration include: 12 consecutive days broadcasting live from the Minnesota State Fair, attended by 1.9 million people in 2017, and a listener party hosted by KQ’s legendary morning man Tom Barnard in KQ’s private suite at the September 4th Metallica concert. Listeners can participate in a contest called, “Be a Metallica VIP with Tommy B”.

The 50th Anniversary celebration will culminate in KQ’s “50th Anniversary Concert with “Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band” December 12th at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. KQ listeners have the opportunity to experience VIP seating and win autographed vinyl albums from Bob Seger’s legendary recording career.

Scott Jameson, Vice President, Classic Rock for Cumulus Media and KQRS Program Director, said: “We’re celebrating 50 incredible years of loyal listeners by thanking them with exciting events and premium experiences, and by broadcasting classic KQ moments throughout the year.”

Jameson added: “In tandem with KQ’s 50 years on-air in the Twin Cities, we’re partnering with Bob Seger and Punch Andrews to celebrate “50 Years of Bob Seger”, highlighting his amazing career that also began in 1968. This terrific opportunity to recognize Bob’s contribution to Rock radio will be shared across other Cumulus Classic Rock stations nationwide and through our national network, Westwood One.”

Mike McVay, Executive Vice President, Content & Programming, Cumulus Media and Westwood One, said: “There is a certain pride that lives on in the music as it is played on KQ. We’re blessed to have the heritage of a great brand that has evolved over the years and continues to evolve today.”

The KQRS digital design team has created a special 50th Anniversary website.

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