|Broadcast area||Des Moines, Iowa|
|Branding||98.3 The Vibe|
|First air date||1975 (as KWBG-FM)|
|Format||Classic Hip Hop|
|HAAT||165 meters (541 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||WoW (previous branding)|
|Former callsigns||KWBG-FM (1975–1991)|
|Affiliations||Cumulus Media Networks|
|Owner||Cumulus Media |
(Radio License Holding CBC, LLC)
|Sister stations||KBGG, KGGO, KHKI, KJJY|
|Webcast||On website, click play button|
KWQW (98.3 FM, "The Vibe") is a classic hip hop radio station licensed to Boone, Iowa and serving the Des Moines area. The station is currently owned by Cumulus Media. KWQW's studios are in Urbandale, along with Cumulus' other stations: KGGO, KJJY, KHKI, and KBGG. Its transmitter is located near Big Creek Lake southwest of Sheldahl.
The station began as KWBG-FM in 1975, a local Boone, Iowa radio station. In 1991, the station started to target the Des Moines, Iowa area with a country music format with call letters KIAB "K98" from 1991 to 1993. The station then became KRUU known as "The Rooster" from 1993–1996, also with a country music format before becoming KRKQ in 1996.
As KRKQ the station took on the nickname of "98 Rock," featuring a classic rock format that competed with longtime ratings leader KGGO as well as the Bob & Tom Show. In 2000 the station's format was tweaked to classic hits as "Magic 98.3" after owner Barnstable Communications acquired KGGO. A short time later, the format was changed to adult contemporary as "98.3 the River."
Barnstable sold all of its Des Moines stations to Wilks Broadcasting in 2001; the stations were sold to Citadel Broadcasting in 2003. On November 11 of that year, Citadel changed KRKQ's format to talk radio as "WOW-FM, the Capital's Big Talker." The Bob & Tom Show was the only program that carried over to the new format. The station's call letters were changed to KBGG-FM shortly afterwards. On December 28, 2004, the call letters became KWQW.
Citadel merged with Cumulus Media in September 2011.
In April 2014, KWQW rebranded as "98.3 The Torch" but continued with a Conservative Talk format. Most of KWQW's programming was syndicated. The Bob & Tom Show aired on the station from October 31, 1996 to December 30, 2011, when it was moved to 95 KGGO. In 2005, Paul Harvey became part of the station's lineup after WHO dropped the show.
The Torch primarily carried Cumulus Media Networks' in-house offerings, including Dennis Miller, The Savage Nation, The Mark Levin Show, John Batchelor, and Red Eye Radio, all in their live time slots. (The station did not carry Imus in the Morning or Herman Cain.) A local morning show, The Morning Drive, aired (as its name indicated) in morning drive time, and the station also carried the last two hours of the Glenn Beck Program live (WHO, whose sister company Premiere Networks owns Beck's rights, does not carry Beck). The station served as an affiliate for the Kansas City Chiefs.
- Official 98.3 The Vibe website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KWQW
- Radio-Locator information on KWQW
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KWQW