Two Iowa Radio Stations Switch Frequencies
April 14, 2015 at 7:28 AM (PT)
Two central IOWA radio stations switch frequencies today, with IOWA PUBLIC RADIO's classical music and news programming moving from 101.7 to 97.7 and POSITIVE IMPACT MEDIA Contemporary Christian KPUL (99.5 THE PULSE)/DES MOINES moving to the 101.7 spot, according to local website WHOTV.COM.
The changes were approved last fall by the FCC in order to accommodate a tower move by TRUTH BROADCASTING Christian Talk KTIA-F (99.3)/BOONE, IA. The tower will move from BOONE to HUXLEY to enable the station to serve the DES MOINES market. The move would have squeezed the KTIA frequency 99.3 onto 99.5 THE PULSE. KTIA-F will remain at 99.3.
The frequency changes had been set for last week but weather delays forced tower crews to make the switch today. The move had been considered for over four years until the FCC gave its OK.
IOWA PUBLIC RADIO Executive Director MYRNA JOHNSON said, “the new spot on the dial at 97.7 will continue to provide the same classical programming to downtown DES MOINES, and north to SAYLORVILLE, and south to NORWALK.”
She added the switchover may mean that classical music will be off the air for a short time. IPR has three streams with all news, news and music, and classical music.
KPUL's RACHEL LEIGH said it will take some work to re-brand the station, including on-air jingles, signs on the building, and the station vehicle. KPUL is an independent station which has served DES MOINES for 21 years with a Christian pop, rock, and hip-hop format.
“Everything you hear between every single song has to be rewritten, reproduced, and re-imaged,” LEIGH said. “We really want our current listeners to know where we’ve gone, and we want new people to know where they can check us out.”
The station's offices and studios will move from BOONE to MERLE HAY MALL in the next two months.