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City of license Davenport, Iowa
Broadcast area Quad Cities
Branding True Oldies 1170
Frequency 1170 AM (kHz)
First air date July 1946
Format Oldies, sports
Power 1,000 watts
(4 towers daytime)
(6 towers nighttime)
Class B
Facility ID 13662
Transmitter coordinates 41°23′21″N 90°31′0″W / 41.38917°N 90.516667°W / 41.38917; -90.516667
Callsign meaning K-JOCK (from its days as an all sports radio station)
Former callsigns KSTT (1946-c. 1984, 1986-1993), KKZX (c. 1984-1986)
Affiliations The True Oldies Channel (ABC Radio)
Owner Cumulus Media
(Cumulus Licensing LLC)
Sister stations KQCS, WXLP, KBEA, KBOB-FM

KJOC is a radio station licensed to Davenport, Iowa, and has an oldies format. The station's frequency is 1170 kHz, and broadcasts at a power of 1 kW. Its transmitters and directional array of towers are located south of the Quad City International Airport in rural Rock Island County, Illinois, on Knoxville Road near Coyne Center.[1]

KJOC is owned by Cumulus Media, with studios located at 1229 Brady Street in Davenport, Iowa (along with the co-located KQCS, WXLP, KBEA-FM and KBOB-FM).


History of 1170 kHz

For Quad Cities-area baby boomers, the Davenport allocation for 1170 kHz represented good times and the best rock 'n' roll music in the area.

The station signed on in July 1946, but it wasn't until the mid-1950s—when it began playing the then-new Top 40/contemporary hit radio genre—that the station really took off in popularity. Disc jockeys made liberal use of listener requests and call-in contests. If there was a live broadcast or news happening in the Quad Cities, listeners were sure to spot the "Big Red" mobile news cruiser. KSTT also polled listeners on their favorite current songs, which disc jockeys then presented in a weekly countdown program. Quad-City area servicemen in Vietnam had tapes of KSTT programming sent to them.

The station, which was located along East River Drive in downtown Davenport, had a large window in its studio, where motorists could see their favorite on-air disc jockeys broadcasting. Listeners today remember such radio personalities as Jay Gregory, Mark Stevens, Lou Gutenberger, Bobby Rich, Ruth and Fred, Spike O'Dell and Jim O'Hara, each of them presenting the current Top 40 hits in an entertaining way.

"KSTT listeners became participants as well as listeners, calling Ruth and Fred on the Phone Show, phoning in news tips, (and) requesting songs," one history of the station stated. "They attended KSTT-sponsored hootenannys and hops, ball games and picnics, concerts and Good Guy-A-Go-Go dances. And they entered contests." Dick Orkins infamous Chickenman and Toothfairy episodes were heard daily.

For many years, KSTT remained the top-rated station in the Quad Cities market. But by the late 1970s, with FM radio stations gaining in popularity (particularly KIIK 104), KSTT's audience started to shrink. In the mid 1980s (1984) KSTT changed its call letters to KKZX, known to listeners as 11KZX and took one last ditch effort at "Top 40" music and had mild success, that lasted until early 1986. After Guy Gannett Broadcasting sold the station as well as its sister station 97X to Goodrich Broadcasting, the station returned to its legendary KSTT call letters but began programming Golden Oldies -- music from the 1950s through early 1970s. It worked for a while, but the resurgence was temporary.


Recent history

Beginning in January 1989, KSTT was doing some simulcasting with its sister FM station, WXLP (aka 97X, a rock-oriented station). By February 1992, 1170 AM's format was largely sports and sports talk, and in March 1993, the station's call letters were switched to reflect its format: KJOC.

During its 10-year run as a sports station, KJOC received most of its programming from ESPN Radio, and was the Quad-Cities outlet for Chicago-area professional sports—including the Bears, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox. For most of the 1990s, KJOC also provided coverage of local sports.

In April 2003, KJOC adopted a talk radio format.[2] Branding itself, "Super Talk 1170," KJOC's flagship program was "The O'Reilly Factor" hosted by Bill O'Reilly. Chicago-area sports remained a fixure on the station. KJOC also remained the Quad-Cities outlet for Iowa State University sports on and off during the next five years.

On August 20, 2008, KJOC switched to an oldies format, getting most of its programming from ABC Radio Networks' "True Oldies Channel." The sports lineup continued to feature Chicago-area and Iowa State University sports.[3]


  1. ^,+-90.51667+(KJOC-AM)&om=1
  2. ^ [1] Cooper, Craig, "KJOC switches to all-talk radio against WOC," Quad City Times, April 17, 2003. Accessed August 21, 2008.
  3. ^ [2] Burke, David, "Oldies return to 1170AM," Quad City Times, August 21, 2008. Accessed August 22, 2008.
  • Anderson, Frederick I, editor. "Joined By a River: Quad Cities." Lee Enterprises, 1982. ISBN 0-910847-00-2

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