Coordinates: 41°32′49″N 90°28′37″W / 41.547°N 90.477°W / 41.547; -90.477
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Broadcast areaQuad Cities
Frequency90.3 MHz (HD Radio)
BrandingQuad Cities NPR
FormatPublic radio; News/talk
SubchannelsHD2: Classical music
OwnerAugustana College
First air date
1980 (on 90.1, moved to 90.3 in 1991)
Technical information
Facility ID3242
ERP31,000 watts
HAAT334 meters (1,096 ft)
Translator(s)95.9 K240DZ (Dubuque)
HD2: 98.3 W252EM (Davenport)
WebcastListen live

WVIK (90.3 FM) is the flagship National Public Radio station for the Quad Cities region of eastern Iowa and northwest Illinois. It is based in Rock Island, Illinois, and licensed to and owned by Augustana College. The studios are located on Augustana's campus in Rock Island. The station also operates two low-powered translators – K240DZ at 95.9 FM in Dubuque, Iowa and the HD2 subchannel airs on W252EM at 98.3 in Davenport, Iowa.

The station signed on for the first time on August 25, 1980, on 90.1 FM. The Quad Cities had been one of the last areas of Iowa and Illinois without a city-grade signal from an NPR station. Prior to 1980, the only source of NPR programming in the area had been a low-powered translator of Cedar Falls' KUNI, though much of the area got grade B coverage from Iowa City's WSUI. In 1991, it moved to its current frequency, and activated its Dubuque translator in 1996.

In March 2022, WVIK announced plans to realign its programming streams. The full-power 90.3 FM signal will air NPR news and talk programming full time, while the 105.7 FM translator in Davenport will carry classical programming 24/7. As part of the realignment, the 105.7 FM frequency will be upgraded to cover more of the Quad Cities.[1][2]

On May 1, 2023 the programming realignment on WVIK took place with WVIK's main signal airing NPR news and talk and the translator and HD2 subchannel airing classical music.[3]


  1. ^ "WVIK To Split Classical & News/Talk Programming". RadioInsight. Retrieved 2022-03-19.
  2. ^ Ickes, Barb. "Quad-Cities NPR station switching formats, moving classical to low-wattage station". The Quad-City Times. Retrieved 2022-03-19.
  3. ^ Public Radio Changes Take Effect May 1 in Quad Cities Northpine.com - April 27, 2023

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