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City of license Visalia, California
Broadcast area Fresno, California
Branding Q97
Slogan ALL The Hits
Frequency 97.1 (MHz)
First air date 1984
Format Rhythmic Top 40
ERP 17,000 watts
HAAT 237 meters
Class B
Facility ID 7717
Callsign meaning KSE Q 97
Owner Lotus Communications
(Lotus Fresno Corp.)
Sister stations KKBZ, KLBN, KHIT-FM, and KGST

KSEQ is a commercial radio station located in Fresno, California, broadcasting to the Fresno, California and Visalia, California, areas on 97.1 FM. KSEQ airs a rhythmic Top 40 music format branded as "Q97.1". Its studios are located just north of downtown Fresno, and the transmitter tower is on Eshom Point.


KSEQ dropped their adult contemporary music format in favor of a Top 40 music format in 1997, only to evolve to Rhythmic Top 40 in 1998.

KSEQ broadcasts out of downtown Fresno, CA and has dominated the Fresno, CA Market for over a decade. KSEQ's main competitor is KBOS, which has been the heritage CHR station in the market for almost 30 years.

Musically, KSEQ has always shifted and capitalized on the current state of the CHR format each year. In January 2009, KSEQ began heavily separating itself from KBOS with artists like Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, Beyoncé, and Mariah Carey. This musical shift has helped KSEQ maintain its competitive edge and has also been more 'client friendly' in the market.

Notable Past DJ's Include: Rik McNeil, JoJo Lopez, Mikey Freeman, Uzette Salazar, Dee Cortez, AJ, Your Boy Q, Ragin' Asian, Bennie Siegal, Danny P, Marina, Loco Huero, DJ Lace, and PK's Playhouse.

In May of 2012, KSEQ/Q97 welcomed Big Boy's Neighborhood to the morning show and added market veteran Erik "Danny" Salas to the Afternoon Drive.

On September 9, 2013, KSEQ/Q97 welcomed former program director for KBOS Greg Hoffman and Comedian Andre Covington (also formerly of KBOS) to the morning show time slot that replaced Big Boy's Neighborhood. The new morning show is called the "Greg and Dre Morning Show".

On March 10, 2014, Buckley Broadcasting announced that it would sell KSEQ to Lotus Communications.[1] The transaction, at a purchase price of $2.4 million, was consummated on July 11, 2014.

On December 2014, KSEQ/Q971 welcomed 12 year veteran at KBOS DJ Erb who now mixes the Drive at 5 Mix and is the current Music/Imaging Director.


  1. ^ "Buckley Sells KSEQ/Fresno To Lotus". All Access. March 10, 2014. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 

External links

  • Official Website
  • Query the FCC's FM station database for KSEQ
  • Radio-Locator information on KSEQ
  • Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KSEQ

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