KCTY/104.9 (Wayne, NE) has applied to move into the Sioux City market. The station would change its community of license to Emerson, NE, and transmit from near Hubbard, NE, using 25kW/100m (class C3). KCTY is owned by Wayne Radio Works and currently carries a broad mix of Classic Hits, Adult Contemporary, Rock, and Country as "Super Hits, Y104." It's co-owned with KTCH/1590 (Wayne). (2/26/2010)
A number of stations have tweaked or change their formats following the recent demise of Citadel's "Timeless" satellite format, which had carried Soft Oldies. Here are the known changes:
- KMRY/1450 (Cedar Rapids, IA) switched to local automation with a format similar to what Timeless had offered.
- KCHA/1580 (Charles City, IA) switched to a locally-automated Oldies format.
- KDAO/1190 (Marshalltown, IA) switched to Oldies using Citadel's True Oldies Channel.
- KWLO/1330 (Waterloo, IA) switched to Oldies using
Dial Global's "Kool Gold" format. KWLO had carried
Oldies format before switching to Adult
Standards in the 1990's when sister station KOKZ/105.7
switched to Oldies. Waterloo hadn't had a local Oldies
station since KOKZ transitioned to Classic Hits several
It turns out the longtime KCRG-TV/9 building won't be the site of the new Cedar Rapids Library after all. Though the library board recently selected the block containing KCRG and the co-owned Gazette newspaper as its preferred site, KCRG reports the city council decided Thursday night (Feb. 24) to instead go with the True North site, a block away from the Gazette building. KCRG has been in the building at 501 2nd Ave. SE since the mid-1970's and is on the verge of a major technology upgrade. (2/25/2010)
The FCC has identified tentative selectees for five new non-commercial stations in Iowa and Minnesota, including one in the Twin Cities metro area. Competing applications were based on a point system, with three points for local ownership, two points for state networks or diversity in ownership (not having another station in the area), and one to two points for having the largest proposed coverage area. The tentative Iowa selectees, followed by the proposed facilities, are as follows:
Algona, IA: Iowa Lakes Community College defeats Refuge Media Group on the basis of local ownership. 91.9, 210W/144m (A).
Sioux City, IA: Iowa State University, one of the three universities that make up Iowa Public Radio, defeats American Family Assocation
on the basis of local ownership and having a larger proposed coverage area. It would be the farthest west station for IPR, which has no station in the Sioux City area. 88.9, 15kW/106m (C3), transmitter south of Sioux City in Nebraska.
The FCC will not begin issuing construction permits until after a 30-day filing window for petitions to deny. (2/18/2010)
The FCC has denied a petition for reconsideration from Quad Cities Television Acquisition Licensing, LLC, challenging whether Northwest Television should have been granted a construction permit for a new TV station licensed to Galesburg, IL. The petitioner is the licensee of FOX 18 (KLJB Davenport).
The FCC deemed the petition for reconsideration a "rehash" of the original petition, which alleged Northwest would never had been able to reach a settlement agreement with other applicants if it hadn't been for a loan from Second Generation of Iowa and that construction of the new station began before the construction permit was granted. The FCC determined that Northwest had other financing and would've been able to cover its expenses without the Second Generation loan and that the premature construction was done by Second Generation without Northwest's knowledge.
Second Generation of Iowa is the licensee of FOX 28 (KFXA Cedar Rapids), which is operated by Sinclair Broadcasting.
The current construction permit for the new Galesburg station calls for 1,000kW on channel 53 from a tower in the Orion area, near the towers for most of the other Quad Cities stations. The CP expires July 20, 2010. The new station will eventually have to move to a different channel because 52-69 are being discontinued. (2/18/2010)
Boone/Des Moines, IOWA:
Truth Broadcasting Corp. is proposing a dial shuffle that would move KFFF-FM/99.3 (Boone) into the Des Moines Market.
KFFF-FM, which currently carries a Christian Talk format, would change its community of license to Johnston and transmit from a tower owned by Clear Channel in Saylorville, using 6kW at 88m. The move would give the station city-grade coverage of most of the Des Moines metro area. (The tower is also used by Clear Channel's KPTL/106.3 Ankeny.)
To make way for the move, Truth Broadcasting proposes that KPUL/99.5 (Winterset) be moved to 101.7 with no change to its coverage area. The FCC will generally order stations to make frequency changes that don't involve a change in coverage area to allow other stations to upgrade. KPUL-FM's potential move would likely force KUNI translator K269EJ/101.7 (Des Moines) to change frequency or leave the air.
KFFF-FM would be the only broadcast station licensed to Johnston, while three other radio stations would remain licensed to Boone. However, FCC rules would not prevent KFFF-FM from targeting its programming to listeners in Des Moines.
North Carolina-based Truth Broadcasting recently bought KFFF-FM and KFFF/1260 from Faith & Freedom Communications in exchange for paying a $20,000 FCC fine for public file violations. (2/8/2010)
Augustana College's WVIK/90.3 (Rock Island, IL) has improved its signal in Dubuque. The station's Dubuque translator has moved from 95.7 to 95.9 as K240DZ, moved is transmitter from southwest of town to Finley Hospital, and upgraded from 115W to 153W. A map showing the change is on page 18 of this document. WVIK carries a format of NPR News and Classical music. (2/8/2010)
KCRG-TV/9 (Cedar Rapids) reports that its own building, along with the larger Gazette newspaper building next door, could be the site for the new Cedar Rapids Public Library. The library board voted Thursday (Feb. 4) in favor of moving to the Gazette block. The move still requires approval from the city council and FEMA. The old library was flooded in the 2008 floods, which did not reach the Gazette block. KCRG has been located in the three-story building at 501 2nd Ave. SE since it was built in the 1970's. (2/4/2010)
Des Moines, IOWA:
KFMG-LP/99.1 (Des Moines) went silent on Jan. 15. The 100-Watt station is licensed to Employee & Family Resources, whose board decided to take the station off the air for financial reasons. EFR is looking for a suitable non-profit organization to take the license. KFMG-LP had signed on in 2007 with a Progressive/Adult Alternative format. (1/28/2010)
"New 102" (KQNU/102.3 Onawa-Sioux City) was knocked off the air by the weekend storm. The station has posted video of the expedition to its transmitter site in Thurston County, NE on YouTube. (1/24/2010)
Indiana-based Calvary Radio Network is buying 31 FM stations and translators from Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, CA for $1 million. The stations include KIHS/88.9 (Adel, IA), K233BT/94.5 (Des Moines), WJWD/90.3 (Marshall, WI), W270AU/101.9 (Madison), and dozens of others in Illinois and Indiana. The asset purchase agreement allows the stations to continue carrying their current network programming. (1/20/2010)
Cedar Rapids, IOWA:
Clear Channel has dropped Sports at KMJM/1360 (Cedar Rapids) and debuted a Classic Country format in its place. Clear Channel also owns "95-7 Kiss Country" (KKSY Anamosa-Cedar Rapids), which competes with Cumulus' KHAK/98.1 (Cedar Rapids). Ironically, 1360 was the original home of KHAK. It became KTOF in 1995 with a Christian format, and then switched to KMJM with a Nostalgia format in 2001. (1/11/2010)
KNEI-FM/103.5 (Waukon) has dropped Citadel's Real Country format and is now progamming a local country mix using the name "Bluff Country." The lineup includes Chuck & Sherry from 6-9 a.m., Erik Kelly from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m, operations manager Josh Blake from 2 to 8 p.m., and station owner Greg Wennes from 8 p.m. to Midnight. (1/6/2010)
Iowa Public Television will no longer broadcast 24 hours a day effective Jan. 4. The network says it'll be off the air from Midnight to 5 a.m. as part of its effort to absorb a ten percent state budget cut. IPTV will continue to make its three channels available to Mediacom cable 24/7. To ensure broadcast viewers don't lose key programming, K-12 classroom programs will be broadcast from 10 p.m. to Midnight on IPTV Learns (.2), and Charlie Rose and Tavis Smiley will air at 10 and 11 p.m. on IPTV World (.3). IPTV's network includes nine full-power and seven low-power/translator stations. (1/4/2010)
Community First Broadcasting will take over operation of nine northwestern Iowa radio stations on Dec. 31. The stations are KUOO/103.9 (Spirit Lake), KUQQ/102.1 (Milford-Spirit Lake), KUYY/100.1 (Emmetsburg-Spencer), KAYL/990 and KAYL-FM/101.7 (Storm Lake), KKIA/92.9 (Ida Grove-Storm Lake), KSOU/1090 and KSOU-FM/93.9 (Sioux Center), and KIHK/106.9 (Rock Valley-Sioux Center). NRG has operated the stations for the past five years and is transferring station assets to Community First Broadcasting. The KKIA and KUYY licenses are currently held by Jim Dandy Broadcasting, while Sorenson Broadcasting holds the rest of the licenses. Sorenson and Jim Dandy are sister companies to Community First Broadcasting, which is headed by CEO Neil Lipetzky, who also operates Dakota Broadcasting in Aberdeen, SD. (12/30/2009)
Cedar Rapids, IOWA:
KZIA, Inc. president and general manager Eliot Keller died Monday (Dec. 28) of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 62. Keller worked in news at WOC AM-TV (Davenport) and WHBF AM-FM-TV (Rock Island, IL) before co-founding KRNA/93.5 (Iowa City, now 94.1) with Rob Norton in 1974. They bought KQCR/102.9 (Cedar Rapids, now KZIA) in 1994, sold KRNA in 1998, and bought KGYM/1600 (Cedar Rapids) in 2006. Keller was inducted to the Iowa Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame earlier this year, and was also an active supporter of passenger rail. (12/29/2009)
Iowa City & Lamoni,
Iowa Public Radio reports that Classical station KSUI/91.7 (Iowa City) and News/Talk station KOWI/97.9 (Lamoni) are both operating at very low power due to a buildup of ice on the antennas. The network says the problem may continue for a few weeks. The problem also affects translator K269EK/101.7 (Dubuque), which receives KSUI over the air. (12/24/2009)
Iowa Public Television translator K44AB (Keokuk) has unexpectedly gone silent. The network says the antenna failed during a recent attempt to convert the translator to digital broadcasting. There's no projected date for the translator to return to the air. In the meantime, IPT is advising Keokuk viewers to attempt to receive the Fort Madison translator, K28JD-D. (12/24/2009)
Northwestern College's KNWM/96.1 (Madrid) has moved its transmitter closer to Des Moines. KNWM is now transmitting with 6kW/100m from a new tower near Sheldahl, delivering a good signal to the northwestern part of the Des Moines metro, while also keeping Ames in the main coverage area. The station uses a directional antenna to prevent interference to KCOB-FM/95.9 (Newton). KNWM simulcasts a non-commercial Adult Contemporary Christian format with KNWI/107.1 (Osceola). (12/22/2009)
KXGM/850 (Waterloo) went silent Saturday (Dec. 19) and will not return for at least several months. In an FCC filing, owner Extreme Grace Media says the transmitter site on the eastern edge of Waterloo was sold and they're still looking for a new one. KXGM, formerly KWOF, had been a 500-Watt directional daytimer with a large coverage area across north-central Iowa. It had relayed "89.1 The Spirit" (KXGM-FM Hiawatha-Cedar Rapids), which is still heard on translator K217FT/91.3 (Waterloo).(12/21/2009)
New station KRNF/89.7 (Montezuma) is on the air carrying The "God's Country" network of Christian Country and Southern Gospel during the day and "Music `Til Dawn" from VCY America overnight. The station uses 1.6kW at 105m and has a good signal to Grinnell. It's owned by American Radio Missions Foundation, headed by Doug Smiley of Pella. Smiley also heads Horizon Broadcasting, which owns KOJY/106.9 (Bloomfield). KOJY's format is similar to KRNF's. (12/21/2009)
The FCC has cancelled a $7,000 fine against KNEI-FM/103.5 (Waukon) and replaced it with a $187.50 penalty. The fine had been issued for failure to file a timely license renewal application. KNEI-FM licensee Wennes Communications said it used the online filing system but didn't realize there was a problem, didn't receive an FCC staff letter stating that the station's license had expired, and found the KNEI-FM application still listed as "ready" when it checked the database after receiving staff letters about other stations. The $187.50 penalty amounts to 25 percent of the original filing fee. (12/14/2009)
KGCW-TV/26 (Burlington-Quad Cities) has added "this tv" on channel 26.2. The station continues to carry The CW and syndicated programming on 26.1. (12/11/2009)
KALA/88.5 (Davenport) has increased its power 100-fold, upgrading from 100 to 10,000 Watts. The St. Ambrose University station now transmits from northwestern Davenport but must use a directional antenna to protect existing stations, which limits the signal in the southeastern part of the Quad Cities area. With the upgrade, KALA began HD broadcasting and is now carrying Radio Bilingüe on 88.5-2. KALA/88.5-1 carries a variety of music, including R&B, Jazz, Blues, Gospel, and Latin, as well as PRI programs "The Takeaway" and "The World." KALA continues to be rebroadcast on 43-Watt translator K288CY/105.5, which is licensed to Bettendorf but transmits from Rock Island. (12/8/2009)
The FCC isn't backing down on a $20,000 fine against Boone Biblical Ministries, the former licensee of KFFF/1260 and KFFF-FM/99.3 (Boone), for problems with the stations' public inspection files, including at least twenty missing issues/program lists. The FCC disagreed with arguments that the fine was inconsistent with precendent and that a license renewal application was its first opportunity to disclose the problem and remedial actions taken. Current KFFF AM-FM licensee Faith & Freedom Network is selling the stations to Truth Broadcasting Corp. with the condition that the new owners pay the fine. (12/3/2009)
There's a change in the minority owner at M&J Radio Corporation, licensee of KDSN/1530 and KDSN-FM/107.1 (Denison). Phyllis Rohlin is selling her 26 percent interest in the company to Kathy Dudding for $97,007.75. Kathy Dudding is married to M&J majority owner Michael Dudding. They've been with the station for sixteen years. (11/30/2009)
KMGO/98.7 (Centerville) has asked the FCC to replace its construction permit for an upgrade adding coverage of Des Moines, which expired Friday, Nov. 20. The new application is identical to the expired CP: 94kW at 458m (class C0) from a tower west of Albia. The facility would not provide city-grade (70 dBu) coverage of Des Moines, but it would provide a useable signal to much of the metro. KMGO currently transmits with 100kW/137m (class C1) from a tower near Centerville and carries a Country format. KMGO shares some ownership with KCOG/1400 (Centerville) and KEDB/105.3 (Chariton), the latter of which was purchased after the KMGO upgrade was originally granted. (11/24/2009)
The FCC has cancelled a proposed $7,000 fine against former KDLS/1310 (Perry) licensee Perry Broadcasting Company, but replaced it with a $187.50 penalty. The fine had been proposed for a late KDLS license renewal filing. Perry Broadcasting argued that it had, in fact, filed for license renewal in 2004, but failed to attach the filing fee and didn't realize the problem until the license of KDLS-FM/105.5 was renewed, but KDLS' was not. Perry Broadcasting argued the KDLS license renewal application should have been returned as unprocessable. The FCC responded that the application was not returned because the error was not discovered within thirty days, and that the appropriate action in this case was a penalty equal to 25 percent of the filing fee - $187.50. KDLS/1310 is now owned by Coon Valley Communications, and KDLS-FM/105.5 is owned by Latin Broadcasting Company. (11/19/2009)
Coronet Communications' WHBF/4 (Rock Island) and WOI-TV/5 (Ames-Des Moines) have signed on UHF translator stations targeting their core markets. Both stations say viewers have had a hard time receiving their signals since they moved digital broadcasting to VHF earlier this year. WHBF's translator operates with 2.3kW on channel 47 from Rock Island, and WOI-TV's translator operates with 3.2kW on channel 50 from Des Moines. Coronet's KCAU/9 (Sioux City) and KLKN/8 (Lincoln) also have construction permits for UHF translators; WOI-TV competitor KCCI/8 has a CP for a translator on channel 31. (11/18/2009)
Iowa Public Television plans to convert its Lansing translator to digital on Nov. 19, and its Ottumwa translator to digital on Nov. 23. Both will operate at the maximum 15kW allowed for low-power/translator stations. K41AD Lansing will broadcast digitally on channel 38, while K18GU Ottumwa will stay on channel 18. There's no word when IPT's other six translators -- in Decorah, Fort Madison, Keokuk, Keosauqua, Rock Rapids, and Sibley -- will convert to digital, but construction permits have already been granted for the changes. (11/18/2009)
"Lite 104.1" (KLTI Ames-Des Moines) is promoting a flip to all-Christmas music at Noon today (11/13).
NETWORK NAME CHANGE:
Citadel's "Classic Hits Radio" has changed its name to "Greatest Mojo." The network, which carries hits of the 60's, 70's, and 80's, was known as "Oldies Radio" until last year. The network has about three affiliates in Iowa. (11/12/2009)
|Longtime Upper Midwest radio reporter Jim Wishner has died of lung cancer at age 61. Wishner's career included work at WOW/590 (Omaha), WOI/640 (Ames), Minnesota Public Radio, KDAL/610 (Duluth), and The Associated Press. He most recently reported for the Minnesota News Connection and hosted a show on KTNF/950 (St. Louis Park-Minneapolis), which supplied the photo at the right. Services were held Saturday, Nov. 7. (11/8/2009)|
The FCC has granted KZWF/105.9 (Patterson) an upgrade that could give it rimshot coverage of Des Moines. The station, which was silent at last report, is owned by Connoisseur Media. It's currently licensed for 900W/12m (class A) and will upgrade to 15kW/129m (class C3) from a site east of Winterset. The city-grade contour (11/3 2009)