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City of license Tucson, Arizona
Broadcast area Tucson, Arizona
Branding 93.7 KRQ
Slogan Today's Best Music
Frequency 93.7 MHz
First air date December 15, 1987
Format Top 40 (CHR)
ERP 91,000 watts
HAAT 619 meters
Class C
Facility ID 53591
Callsign meaning Call letters are shortened to be pronounced KRQ
Owner Clear Channel Communications
Webcast Listen Live

KRQQ is an FM radio station in Tucson, Arizona which is licensed to broadcast on the frequency of 93.7 MHz with a power of 96,000 watts, and is owned by Clear Channel Communications. Its transmitter is on Tower Peak in the Tucson Mountains and the signal is mildly directional to avoid overlap KDKB in Phoenix, Arizona, under FCC rules that were in effect when the antenna was erected. Oddly enough, this is not vice versa. Known as 93.7 KRQ, the station plays Top 40 (CHR) music, and its primary audience or demographic is teens and young adults.



KRQQ began its life as KXEW-FM, a Spanish station which also aired some bilingual programming especially in the evenings, and was purchased by Western Cities Broadcasting, which made it a top 40 station in July 1977. The station was sold to Nationwide Communications in the 1980s.

According to radio industry trade publication Radio and Records, during the late 1980s, KRQQ was the highest-rated Top 40 station in the United States under its then program director Clarke Ingram. Nationwide later sold its Tucson stations to Tucson Radio Partners, which in turn was absorbed by Prism Radio and then Clear Channel Communications in the 1990s. The radio station is currently one of the best rated Top 40 stations in Arizona.

The 1991 slogan was Tucson's only hit music station.




KRQ's middays (10am-3pm) At KRQ, middays are now being hosted by Special K. and then Ryan Seacrest. The main afternoon drive feature is the "Drive at 5" with Chris P., and nights, along with the Top 8 @ 8 and 9 o'clock Knockout, are hosted by Seth O'Brien. [1] [2] Jojo Does overnights and is on weekends. [3] [4]

Morning DJs

The current morning show on KRQ is Johnjay and Rich, which has been on the air since 2001. Johnjay and Rich were syndicated to Clear Channel-owned KISS FM in Phoenix in January 2006. Coincidentally, the Program Director at KISS at the time was a former employee of KRQ. The deal has the show splitting broadcasting time from Tucson and Phoenix, both live. The show has been very successful in both the Phoenix and Tucson markets. The show is now broadcast on My 99.9 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and on Z-100 in Portland, Oregon.

The show was balanced out with a female co-star Carrie Moten who seemed to keep the boys in line, then quit to pursue her own career. In December 2009 after hosting auditions for another co-host replacement, KRQ hired Kyle Unfug aka Special K.

The Johnjay and Rich morning show features a different segment every morning.

Monday: After This Weekend, I'll Never Do "Blank" Again

Tuesday: Second-Date Update

Wednesday: Confession Wednesday

Thursday: War of the Roses

Friday: Obi-Wan Kenobi's Summer Blockbuster Movie Trivia (from Memorial Day through Labor Day), Whatcha Doin At The Courthouse?

Previous morning shows have included Mojo (Now at Channel 9-5-5 in Detroit) and Betsy, and the team of Mike Elliott and Jimmy Kimmel.

Syndicated Shows

KRQQ is subscribed to syndicated radio show Open House Party hosted by John Garabedian on Saturday nights from 7 P.M.-Midnight MST, and Sunday nights feature Kid Kelly's Backtrax USA, which is an all-90's music syndicated show. It replaced Rick Dees's Weekly Top 40 when all Clear Channel CHR stations unsubscribed from it. Saturday mornings feature the FOX All Access show and Ryan Seacrest's AT40. KRQ was also subscribed to AT40 when it used to be hosted by Casey Kasem.


Music on the station stays with in the CHR genre. However, their playlist moves with the audience. During the daytime, the playlist consists of mostly mainstream CHR songs, Hot AC, and strong golds, being light on urban and rhythmic. During the late afternoon, evening, and overnight hours, the playlist is much heavier on urban and rhythmic tracks, with mainstream songs mixed in.

KRQ also includes a very strong 'gold' and 'recurrent' tracks mixed in the playlist, mostly during the daytime. Some of these artists include Bon Jovi, and the song Pour Some Sugar On Me from Def Leppard.


  1. ^ 93.7 KRQ :: Today's Best Music
  2. ^ 93.7 KRQ :: Today's Best Music
  3. ^ 93.7 KRQ :: Today's Best Music
  4. ^ 93.7 KRQ :: Today's Best Music

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