|Broadcast area||Northeast Iowa|
|First air date||December 2002|
|HAAT||75.0 meters (246.1 ft)|
Public Radio Exchange
|Owner||Postville Chamber of Commerce|
KPVL (89.1 FM) is a non-commercial community radio station licensed to Postville, Iowa, United States. The station is currently owned by Postville Chamber of Commerce and managed by Radio Postville, Inc.
KPVL is a non-profit non-commercial radio station serving Northeast Iowa. KPVL provides the outline of community oriented programming by their focused mission statement of “The Voice to Build and Serve Community in Northeast Iowa”.
KPVL exists to educate, entertain, & stimulate its audience by building community, connecting people, & communicating the human experience.
- Explore the cultural diversity of the local and world communities.
- Provide an accessible forum for the groups, issues, and music that are under-represented in other media.
- Train local residents to use the medium of radio to express their thoughts, opinions, and talents.
- Engage the public in all aspects of community broadcasting.
89.1 KPVL is an independent, non-commercial community radio station that went on the air in December 2002 with a mission to meet the needs of Postville’s diverse community.
Programs produced in Hebrew, Spanish, and Russian provided Postville’s emerging immigrant populations with a reliable link to community news, issues, and events. Other educational and public affairs shows celebrated local culture and served as a platform for community dialog & understanding.
KPVL’s main broadcast studio is now located in downtown Decorah and a second volunteer training / production studio is also maintained in Postville. A recently completed power increase to the station’s transmitter now brings community radio to the greater four-county area of Northeast Iowa.
The organization’s name, The Blend, reflects its new identity as a regional, volunteer-powered community radio station for all of Northeast Iowa.
The Blend describes the rich culture found in the region, while also speaking to the station’s truly eclectic format and consistently diverse program schedule.
Excerpt from 10/12/10 Decorah Newspaper Article:
In 2002, Pastor Robert Hupp — a Lutheran pastor and licensed broadcasting engineer who was working at KCZQ radio in Cresco — was thinking it would be a great idea to start a non-profit, multi-lingual radio station in Postville.
At the time, the small town was home not only to the descendants of the (mostly) Germans and (some) Scandinavians who’d settled it 150 years earlier but, more recently, to people from Mexico, Ukraine, and Russia – in addition to a community of about 400 Hasidic Jews, all of whom made their way there after the arrival in 1987 of AgriProcessors, then the largest kosher slaughterhouse and meatpacking plant in the country.
Into that multi-cultural context, “Radio Postville” – 89.1 KPVL – was born. One of a few pioneering radio stations in the country to broadcast in multiple languages, it featured talk shows, area news, weather updates, educational programs and music.
Carolyn Corbin, now of Decorah, worked in Postville at the time and was a Radio Postville advisory board member. In a 2002 interview for The Tapestry magazine, she told reporter Elsa Carruthers about the board’s vision for KPVL.
“Besides having a place to tune into where people can hear their own language, there is also a place to share stories and to be able to broadcast in different languages as a way of getting to know about other cultures,” she said. “Sort of a meeting place. A meeting place on the air.”
In 2002, the 30-watt station could be heard only in Postville. When it went to 300 watts, where it remained for quite a while, it could be heard in some of the outlying areas around town, as well.
And so it went until May 12, 2008 — when Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents conducted a raid on AgriProcessors, arresting almost 400 undocumented workers.
Two years later, a Decorah Newspapers article reported on a discussion of the raid’s aftermath held at a public gathering in Decorah, during which Luther College Campus Pastor David Vásquez said Postville was still reeling from the effects of that raid.
“There are four pillars to any community — the church, the town hall, schools and Main Street businesses,” Vásquez said. “All of these were devastated by the raid.”
Under the management of Jeff Abbas, KPVL’s studio in Postville functioned for a while as a kind of clearinghouse for support and outreach in the community. Abbas helped people find work, ran a food pantry out of the station and kept news of the raid’s ongoing effects on the air and in the public consciousness.
But, says current Station Manager Adam Wiltgen, “After the raid, the town’s capacity to support a radio station really eroded.”
That’s the bad news. The good news is that the future is looking brighter for the little community radio station that just won’t give up. Though KPVL moved its main studio to Decorah in February, it maintains a studio in Postville, broadcasts Postville High School Athletics, and also airs the popular “Noche Latina” — hosted by longtime Spanish-language broadcaster Elmer Herrera, of Postville, and co-hosted by Israel Martinez and Walter Ortiz – live, Saturday evenings, from 7 until 11.
In 2014, KPVL started airing high school football, basketball & baseball for the Postville Pirates, North Fayette Valley Tigerhawks and South Winneshiek Warriors.
Postville - Tony Gericke & Nick Erickson
North Fayette Valley - Coach T & Volunteers
South Winneshiek - Tom Bushman & Gary "Gus" Johnson
Football Show: Friday Night Football LIVE
Basketball Show: Let's Play Some HOOPS
Baseball Show: Bases Loaded
Current Board & Staff Members:
Nina Taylor - President
Dave Usgaard - Vice President
Jo Iverson - Secretary/Treasurer
Kevin Walsh - Member at Large
Robert Hervey -Member at Large
Michael Sagnella - Marketing/Development Director
Greg Limberg - Program Director/Chief Operator
Dianne Estes - Programming Assistant
Antwyan "Coach T" Cullar - Sports Coordinator
John "Jungleboy" Greisheimer - Technical Director/Volunteer
R Sue Frana - Administrative Director
You can listen to KPVL Radio via:
89.1 FM (NE Iowa: Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette & Winneshiek Counties)
kpvlradio.org via web
or by downloading the KPVL Radio app to your smartphone
Current Schedule: http://www.kpvlradio.org/schedule/current
- Berg-Raymond, Julie. "Decorah Newspapers". KPVL: Independent, non-commercial radiostation is based on 'community'. Retrieved 9 August 2011.