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Station History

WKLK/WMOZ Radio opened its doors in 1950. The original WKLK studio was located on Highway 33 South in Cloquet, where today you’ll find the Dairy Queen. The station’s studio eventually moved to an old bottling factory on 10th Street near the downtown area. Later, there was a move to 807 Cloquet Avenue, and eventually to its current location of 1104 Cloquet Avenue. The station’s first owner was Harry Newby, Sr. He later sold the station to Otto Korp out of Fergus Falls. The radio station then changed hands to Denny Stramer, who later sold it to an ownership group out of Newton, Iowa. In 1992, Al Quarnstrom became the owner. He kept ownership for 20 years, before the station was sold to the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in 2012.

WKLK/WMOZ Radio currently has three stations inside its building, WKLK 96.5 FM “Legends Rock” (36,000 watts) and WKLK-AM 1230 “America’s Best Music” (1,000 watts) and WMOZ 106.9 FM “The Moose.” WKLK/WMOZ Radio has evolved throughout the years, featuring a variety of different musical formats and programming, local sports coverage, and public affairs shows. But no matter the owner, the location or the generation, WKLK/WMOZ Radio has always been committed to one thing, and that is providing the best programming possible to serve the public’s interest in the communities we serve. Thanks for your continued listenership throughout the years.

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