KQMS-AM first signed on the air as a music station in the 1940s. The station's call letters stood for "Quality Music Station" because of its various music formats. They switched to the fast-growing news/talk format in the late 1980s and has been the longtime home of popular conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh. Several different hosts have also had their shows on KQMS over the years including Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage and Glenn Beck.
Today, KQMS-AM simulcasts all of its programming with sister station, KQMS-FM 99.3.
News team/on-air talent
Kelly Frost Sr.
Kelly Frost Jr.
Among former radio personalities that have worked at or have hosted programs on KQMS include:
Ken Murray - Former mayor of Redding
Ray Roberts - Longtime on-air talent
Sonny Stupek - High school color analyst (head softball coach and former head football coach at Shasta College. Also former junior college coach of Jason Sehorn)
George Tharalson - News director, play-by-play voice of high school football and basketball and Shasta College football (most recently of WIBX-AM in Utica, New York, now of TrophyTraditions.com and Action Video Entertainment)
Paul Vietti - News reporter and Shasta College football color analyst (now of KBLF-AM 1490 in Red Bluff, Action Video Entertainment and owner of Trophy Traditions)
Don Kirk - 1990 Weekend, all night board-op/news announcer & Sister station KSHA computer programmer