Happy 50th Birthday KQRS


KQRS is one of the radio industry’s iconic rockers and they are getting ready to light 50 candles on the station’s birthday cake. Cumulus’ has launched its 50th Anniversary celebration of KQRS-FM in Minneapolis, an original Progressive/AOR radio station. Let the birthday celebration begin!

The station will mark its Golden Anniversary by recognizing and thanking 50 years of loyal KQ listeners with special events scheduled throughout the year.

The KQRS team created a special 50th Anniversary website that captures the spirit and legacy of KQ’s past (www.kqrs50.com).

There’s a special website feature, “The KQ Museum,” where fans can see videos, hear clips, and interact with KQ’s past, and a “Show Us Your KQ” section where listeners submit photos, videos, and share their personal KQRS memories using #KQRS50.

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.

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.”

KQRS PD Scott Jameson 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. 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.”


  1. CUMulus inherited a legendary station that was years in the making from talented air staff and Program Directors. Scott “blowhard” Jameson is now enjoying the hard work that was put in long before him. And the relationship with Punch and Bobby Seger …. that too was in effect long before Sparky Jameson.

    Cheers KQ!!! (long time listener, first time caller)

    Bill B.


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