Iowa Public Radio

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Iowa Public Radio
Type Public radio network
Country  United States
First air date
2004
Availability Iowa, parts of Illinois, Minnesota and Nebraska
Affiliation National Public Radio
Public Radio International
American Public Media
Official website
http://iowapublicradio.org/

Iowa Public Radio is a state network in the U.S. state of Iowa that combines the operations of of the National Public Radio member stations run by Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, and University of Northern Iowa. They broadcast programs from National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media, along with local content (notably music) on weekends and evenings.

The network is headquartered in Des Moines, with studios on the U of I campus in Iowa City and the UNI campus in Cedar Falls.

History[edit]

For many years, Iowa's three state universities each operated their own set of radio stations, each with slightly different program offerings and coverage areas. The three universities competed somewhat as each station sought to expand its coverage area. In late 2004, the Board of Regents of the three universities voted to merge the three radio operations, to consolidate operations. The first network to launch was a "News and Information" service in January 2007, followed by a Classical service in September 2007. Nighttime adult alternative music programming that had already aired on several stations, such as "Night Music" and KUNI's "Live from Studio One", was expanded into a third full service called "Studio One".[1]

Iowa Public Radio includes WOI and WOI-FM at Iowa State University, WSUI and KSUI at the University of Iowa, and KUNI and KHKE at the University of Northern Iowa. The operations have combined revenues of about $7 million annually and about 60 employees.

Since IPR came into existence decades after FM became popular, the dial was already full in most areas, limiting the potential for new stations and leading to inconsistent coverage. Some cities can receive several IPR stations, while areas of western and southern Iowa can only receive grade B coverage from one of the network's two AM stations during the daytime. This has resulted in ten of IPR's fifteen fully licensed stations carrying a mix of services.

Since its debut, the IPR network has made it a priority to expand its services in western and southern Iowa. Pending applications for new stations would add service in western Iowa, although other organizations are also competing for those frequencies. In addition, eight construction permits have already been issued for new stations, many of which will add coverage in southern Iowa. On March 21, 2008, KUNZ in Ottumwa became the IPR network's first new station to begin broadcasting. IPR plans to sign on a second Ottumwa station later in the year.

In 2008, IPR shut down the individual station Web sites, all of which now redirect to iowapublicradio.org.

Board of Directors[edit]

Iowa Public Radio is governed by a board of directors consisting of one appointee of the president of each of the Regents' universities and two community representatives appointed by the Board of Regents.

Member Stations[edit]

Iowa Public Radio programs three different services. All three AM stations in the network carry the News Network. Affiliated FM stations carry one of two services. The News & Studio One Network programs news/talk programming from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Studio One adult alternative music from 7 p.m. - 5 a.m. The Classical Network airs classical music 24 hours a day.

Location Frequency Call sign Format Notes
Ames/Des Moines 640 AM WOI News Owned by Iowa State University
Ames/Des Moines 90.1 FM WOI-FM News & Studio One Owned by Iowa State University
Carroll 90.7 FM KNSC News & Studio One Owned by Iowa State University
Cedar Falls 89.5 FM KHKE Classical Owned by University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls 90.9 FM KUNI News & Studio One Owned by University of Northern Iowa
Des Moines 101.7 FM K269EJ Classical Owned by University of Northern Iowa, Translator of KICJ
Des Moines (Mitchellville) 88.9 FM KICJ Classical Owned by University of Northern Iowa. Serves eastern Des Moines metro area.
Dubuque 89.7 FM KNSY News & Studio One Owned by University of Northern Iowa
Dubuque 98.7 FM K254AE News & Studio One Translator of KUNI
Dubuque 101.7 FM K269EK Classical Translator of KSUI
Fort Dodge 91.1 FM KNSK News & Studio One Owned by Iowa State University
Iowa City 910 AM WSUI News Owned by University of Iowa
Iowa City 91.7 FM KSUI Classical Owned by University of Iowa
Lamoni 97.9 FM KNSL News & Studio One Owned by Iowa State University. Serves south central Iowa.
Mason City 1010 AM KRNI News Owned by University of Northern Iowa
Mason City 91.5 FM KNSM News & Studio One Owned by University of Northern Iowa
Mason City 90.7 FM K214BA Classical Translator of KHKE
Ottumwa 91.1 FM KICW Classical Owned by University of Northern Iowa
Ottumwa 89.1 FM KNSZ News & Studio One Owned by Iowa State University
Patterson 105.9 FM KICP Classical Owned by Iowa State University. Serves Winterset, Osceola and southwest Des Moines area.
Perry 91.7 FM KICG Classical Owned by Iowa State University. Serves Ames, Boone and northwest Des Moines area.
Pleasantville 96.3 FM KICL Classical Owned by Iowa State University. Serves Knoxville and southeast Des Moines area.
Quad Cities (Bettendorf) 91.1 FM KNSB News & Studio One Owned by University of Northern Iowa
Quad Cities (Davenport) 94.5 FM K233AA News & Studio One Translator of KUNI
Quad Cities (Eldridge) 102.1 FM K271AF News & Studio One Translator of KUNI

New Station Applications[edit]

During a filing window for new stations in the non-commercial portion of the band (88-92 MHz) in October 2007, the Universities that make up Iowa Public Radio applied for new stations in Atlantic, Keokuk, Mason City, Rockwell City, Shenandoah, Sioux City, and Storm Lake. However, all of these applications are in competition with other groups.

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