Iowa Station Flips to Classic Hits with Addition of FM Translator

An AM station southwest of Des Moines has flipped to Classic Hits with the launch of a new FM translator.

KSIB/1520 and K271CT/102.1 (Creston) are now “Kool 102” and streaming on the station’s website. The AM station had previously carried Sports Talk.

DX’ers had reported hearing “Kool 102” on AM 1520 last month, and KSIB’s website reports the 250-Watt FM signal officially launched in the late evening of Wednesday, Jan. 15. The report was first noted by RadioInsight.

The station says “Kool 102” will carry Creston High School football games next season, freeing up the larger signal of KSIB-FM/101.3 to carry other regional teams. KSIB-FM carries a Country format with a large amount of local news and talk

KSIB/1520 is a 1kW daytimer, while KSIB-FM is 19kW/111m (class C3).

The stations are owned by Chad and Amy Rieck’s G.O. Radio.(1/18/2020)
iHeart Reverses Course, Hires Back Des Moines Sports Staff and Moves Them to FM Two days after the cut of six jobs at a Des Moines Sports Talk station caused listener backlash, iHeartRadio has decided to not only bring back the hosts but to move their format to FM.

WHO-TV quoted KXNO/1460 General Manager Joel McCrea as saying that he had received approval from the corporate office to rehire the six workers and that KXNO would be simulcast on KDXA/106.3 (Ankeny-Des Moines) starting next week. The change will displace “Alt 106.3.”

Heather Burnside, Andrew Downs, Travis Justice, Ross Peterson, Sean Roberts, and Chris Williams had been among hundreds laid off at iHeart stations nationally this week. As noted in a previous report, the KXNO story was among the most-read news items in Des Moines this week, and dozens of listeners complained on the station’s Facebook page. (1/16/2020)
Western Iowa FM Station Moves, Making Way for Des Moines Upgrade

KDSN-FM (Denison) has completed its move from 107.1 to 104.9, clearing the way for another station to improve its signal to Des Moines.

KDSN-FM retained its coverage area with the frequency change, continuing to broadcast with 6kW. It made the move on Tuesday, according to a post on its Facebook page.

HELLO 104.9 FM. Goodbye 107.1 FM and hello to our new frequency 104.9 FM. We made the switch on Tuesday. Remember to reset your radios for the best in local news, sports, music, and so much more from Tom, Amy, Randy, JJ, and all your friends at KDSN!

KDSN-FM and its sister station, KDSN/1530, are owned by Crawford County Broadcasting. Both stations carry a large amount of local news and information, with a mixture of Classic Rock and Adult Contemporary on the FM side and Country on AM.

KDSN’s move will allow the University of Northwestern-St. Paul’s KNWI/107.1 (Osceola) to strengthen its signal to Des Moines. Currently licensed for 30kW/193m (class C2) from a site south of Des Moines, KNWI will move to a new tower southwest of Des Moines using 100kW/299m (class C0).

KDSN’s move to 104.9 likely forced translator K285ET/104.9 (Kiron) off the air. The translator, owned by the West Iowa Fellowship of Evangelicals, relayed UNWSP’s KGBI/100.7 (Omaha) and has not applied to move to a new frequency. (1/16/2020)
iHeart Cuts Hit Several Upper Midwest Stations

A national round of job cuts at iHeartMedia hit numerous stations in the Upper Midwest, including stations in Sports stations in Des Moines and Madion, a News/Talk station in Davenport, and Country stations in Madison, Bismarck, and Omaha.

In Des Moines, social media posts and local media reports indicate at least six people from KXNO/1460 lost their jobs, with the station’s local morning and afternoon shows cancelled. Those affected include Heather Burnside, Andrew Downs. Travis Justice, Ross Peterson, Sean Roberts, and Chris Williams.

News stories about the KXNO layoffs were among the most-read on Des Moines media websites Tuesday evening, and KXNO’s Facebook page contained dozens of complaints.

News stories about the KXNO layoffs were among the most-read on Des Moines media websites Tuesday evening, and KXNO’s Facebook page contained dozens of complaints.

In the Quad Cities, Dave Levora is out at News/Talk station WOC/1420.

And in Omaha, All Access also reports that Ritch Cassidy is out as morning host at Classic Country outlet KFFF/93.3.

The layoffs came after iHeart announced changes to its organizational structure and investments in new technology and artificial intelligence.(1/15/2020)
IPTV Becomes Iowa PBS

Iowa Public Television started the year with an official name change to Iowa PBS.

The change, first reported here back in November, comes as part of a move by member stations nationally to include PBS in their names. Other regional name changes in recent years have included PBS Wisconsin, Twin Cities PBS, and Pioneer PBS.

“Iowa PBS better represents who we are and how we deliver content in today’s digital age,” Executive Director and General Manager Molly Phillips said in a December news release announcing the change.

“As Iowans increasingly look to new ways to view information and entertainment, our new name will help ensure they will easily find their favorite locally produced programs as well as PBS programs where and when they want to watch.”

Iowa PBS has nine full-power stations and eight translators covering the state. Each carries four channels: PBS, PBS Kids, World Channel, and Create. Though the network didn’t cite it as a reason for the change in its announcement, dropping the IPTV name may also remove any confusion with the acronym for internet protocol television. (1/7/2020)

Today is an exciting day for us - we're pleased to announce our new name! Starting January 1, we'll become Iowa PBS. Learn how we're going to continue to serve you the same way while better positioning ourselves for the future >>> Iptv.org/iowa-pbs
Update: Hearst Stations Return to DirecTV

Hearst Television stations have returned to DirecTV after a retransmission consent outage that lasted less than two days. The outage began Friday, Jan. 3, affecting Hearst stations in 26 markets. They included ABC affiliates WISN-TV/12 (Milwaukee) and KETV/7 (Omaha) and CBS affiliate KCCI/8 (Des Moines). “Hearst and AT&T regret any inconvenience to their customers and viewers and thank them for their patience,” said a Sunday statement announcing the deal. Terms were not disclosed, as is routine. (1/5/2020)