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CityCouncil Bluffs, Iowa
Broadcast areaOmaha Metro
Branding89.7 The River
SloganThe Cutting Edge of Rock
Frequency89.7 MHz
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT326.0 meters
Facility ID29126
Transmitter coordinates41°18′40.00″N 96°1′37.00″W / 41.3111111°N 96.0269444°W / 41.3111111; -96.0269444
Former callsignsIowa Western (Community College) Radio
OwnerIowa Western Community College

KIWR (89.7 FM) is a radio station broadcasting an Alternative format.[1] Based in Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States, the station serves the Omaha Metro area. The station is licensed to Iowa Western Community College.[2] The station has broadcast alternative rock since January 1, 1996. Prior to that, it played Classical music and Jazz.

Spicoli's Morning Fiasco[edit]

Hosted by Spicoli with assistance from a student producer, weekday mornings 6 am to 10 am, which includes features like the Uncensored Sports Break, and the River's Pick of the Week, where Spicoli debuts new music from an album that has just been released in stores. Taz phone number is 402-305-2556


After the Morning Fiasco its Middays with Tom "Skinman" Skinner from 10 am to 2 pm Monday through Thursday and 10 am to 12 pm on Friday. Skinman has an all request hour from Noon to 1 pm called "The Nooner". On Wednesday, The river takes it back from Noon to 2 pm for " The Old Skool Wednesday Nooner" playing popular hits from the 70's, 80's, 90's and more.

Nothing But Covers[edit]

On Friday, Sophia John has created a highly popular covers show where she plays only cover songs from Noon to 2 pm.

Amplified Afternoons[edit]

At the end of Middays, Corey and a student producer step in for Amplified Afternoons, weekday afternoons from 2 pm to 6 pm, which includes segments like "Wack Attack", stories about crazy fights and attacks; "the 4 @ 4:00", everyday a listener gets to hear his or her four song choices; "Daily Flight to Florida", Bizarre news stories from Florida; "Nude Dude", stories about naked men (and sometimes women) that make the news; and Road Rage, which is all request music from 5 pm to 6 pm, with the Daily Dose of Metallica at 5:30 pm.

Weeknight and weekend programming[edit]

From 6 pm to 3 am Monday through Friday and Saturdays 6 am to Midnight, students attending the Media Studies Program at Iowa Western Community College start their shifts. Weeknights at 7 pm the student DJ plays a new song for a segment called "Turn it or Burn it", where the River listeners get to decide whether or not the station keeps playing the featured song. 89.7 The River has always been a learning tool for students attending the media studies program at IWCC.

Specialty shows[edit]

KIWR hosts several "spotlight" radio programs that are not subsets of the regular programming. This includes the 24-year-old Pacific Street Blues which airs Sunday's from 9:00 am to Noon. The Pacific Street Blues radio program was nominated for a KBA or Keeping the Blues Alive award in 2008 and its host, Rick Galusha, has been nominated to the Nebraska Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame.[citation needed] Other specialty and syndicated programs include Skratch N Sniff, Subterranean, The Freak Factory, the heavy metal outlet Sunday School, Acoustic Café, Mountain Stage(the station's only NPR program), New Day Rising, Passport Approved, Planet O (local/regional music), Keller's Cellar, and the Grateful Dead hour.


KIWR's signal is receivable in Omaha and Council Bluffs (The two being the local listening area) and also receivable in Lincoln. Under the right conditions, the station can be heard as far away as Burlington, Iowa.[3]



  1. ^ "KIWR Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Archived from the original on 2010-03-01.
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