Sports fans in the Quad-Cities can get their ESPN fix on the FM dial, beginning Monday.
Townsquare Media announced Friday that KQCS (93.5 FM) will flip its format to ESPN Radio. For the past 10 years, the frequency has been the home of "Star 93.5," with an adult-contemporary format.
The company also owns KJOC (1170 AM), which itself changed from an oldies format to ESPN on May 1.
General manager Bruce Law said both stations will carry ESPN until the fall, when the AM station will make an as-yet-undetermined format change.
When the "True Oldies Channel" service on 1170 went away, Law said, it forced the company to make a switch to ESPN sooner than expected.
"We were planning on the ESPN idea and thinking it was making sense, but we weren't 100 percent sure," Law said. "After doing some market research, it really confirmed what we thought anyway."
"We got some good response rather quickly," he added.
Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic's "Mike and Mike" morning show, simulcast on ESPN's cable channel, airs from 5-9 a.m., followed by hosts Colin Cowherd, Scott Van Pelt, Ryen Russillo, Dan Le Batard, "Sedano & Stink"and Freddie Coleman.
Chicago Cub games, which had been on the AM signal, will move to the FM next year, Law said. Chicago Bears games, which had been on sister station KBOB (FM 104.9), will also move to 93.5 FM next season.
The ESPN FM station will also broadcast high school football and basketball games, thanks to a partnership with QCSportsNet.com and its founder-announcer, Dallon Christensen.
"He'd been doing Internet-only games, and was unable to get into some of the playoff games without having a radio partner," Law said. "He approached us about having 1170 as a partner, and we took it a step further."
The FM station will broadcast at least one game a weekend, Law said, and its website will link with QCSportsNet.com for Internet telecasts of other games.
Iowa State University games will move to the FM signal as well.
Law said there are discussions about a locally based sports talk show.
"That is in the works," he said. "I think the fall will be a likely time for that to happen, if it's going to happen."
In the most recent Nielsen radio ratings, "Star 93.5" was ninth out of 11 stations in the Quad-City market and the lowest-rated FM station.