WQPM-FM 106.3 Princeton MN Todd Melby 1982

WQPM was an AM/FM simulcast which served the Princeton-Cambridge-Milaca area of east central Minnesota.  This was long before the FM split off, moved to 106.1, and began targeting the northwestern Twin Cities suburbs.  WQPM-FM was 3,000 watts on 106.3, covering roughly the same area that WQPM-AM 1300 covers today.

On this aircheck, Todd Melby announces the weather.  For some reason, I decided to pause the tape during the forecast.  This is why it’s edited out with only the current conditions remaining.  Interestingly enough, both WQPM-FM and the other local FM station (KABG-105.5 Cambridge, now WRXP-FM 105.3) have since upgraded and become Twin Cities rimshots.  KBEK-FM 95.5 Mora then signed on as the replacement “local” radio station in this region. Unfortunately, KBEK has since gone dark 🙁

To receive this, I used a Pioneer SX-3900 receiver, Winegard 10 element FM yagi antenna, Alliance U-100 Tenna Rotor, and Belden RG59 ultra low loss coaxial cable.  It was recorded on a Technics stereo cassette deck with a Scotch Dynarange 90 tape.


2 thoughts on “WQPM-FM 106.3 Princeton MN Todd Melby 1982

  1. Stuck On AM


    One request… if you have any more airchecks from this little “market” (KABG/KXLV/WLOL Cambridge, WQPM Princeton, WCMP Pine City, WLKX Forest Lake, etc), I’d love to see them get posted.

  2. Drew

    Thanks! I went to Brown with Patti Clark, who worked at WLKX during the summer of 1983. I know I have tape of her somewhere. Even though I was in Apple Valley, it was easy to null out KDHL-FM with the Winegard yagi and hear “Lakes FM.” I could also hear Durand, WI on the same channel. Same deal with KABG/KWNG/KRBI on 105.5 and WCMP/WMEQ/KQDE on 92.1.


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