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Iowa Public Radio
Iowa Public Radio logo.png
Type Public radio network
Country  United States
First air date 2004
Availability Global
Affiliation National Public Radio
Public Radio International
American Public Media
Official Website

Iowa Public Radio is a radio network in the U.S. state of Iowa that combines the operations of current Public Radio 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.


Building a Statewide Network

Until 2007, 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 had begun to compete somewhat as each station sought to expand its coverage area. In late 2004, the Board of Regents voted to merge the three radio operations. The first network to launch was a News and Information service in January 2007, followed by a Classical service in September 2007. Nighttime Alternative Music programming that had already aired on several stations -- such as "Night Music" and KUNI's "Live from Studio One" -- will be expanded into a third full service.[1]

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 a weak signal 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 networks.

Upon its debut, the IPR network 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.

Member Stations

Ames/Des Moines

WOI 640 AM - News

WOI-FM 90.1 FM - Classical, News (5-9 a.m. and 4-7 p.m.)

KDMR 88.9 FM - News (5 a.m. - 7 p.m.), Alternative (7 p.m. - 5 a.m.) [repeater of KUNI serving Mitchellville/eastern Des Moines metro]

K269EJ 101.7 FM - News (5 a.m. - 7 p.m.), Alternative (7 p.m. - 5 a.m.) [translator of KUNI]


KWOI 90.7 FM - News [repeater of WOI-AM]

Cedar Falls

KHKE 89.5 FM - Classical

KUNI 90.9 FM - News (5 a.m. - 7 p.m.), Alternative (7 p.m. - 5 a.m.)


KDUB 89.7 FM - News (5 a.m. - 7 p.m.), Alternative (7 p.m. - 5 a.m.) [repeater of KUNI]

K254AE 98.7 FM - News (5 a.m. - 7 p.m.), Alternative (7 p.m. - 5 a.m.) [translator of KUNI]

K269EK 101.7 FM - Classical [translator of KSUI]

Fort Dodge

KTPR 91.1 FM - News [repeater of WOI-AM]

Iowa City

WSUI 910 AM - News

KSUI 91.7 FM - Classical


KOWI 97.9 FM - News [repeater of WOI-AM]

Mason City

KRNI 1010 AM - News (5 a.m. - 7 p.m.), Alternative (7 p.m. - 5 a.m.) [repeater of KUNI]

K214BA 90.7 FM - Classical [translator of KHKE]

KUNY 91.5 FM - News (5 a.m. - 7 p.m.), Alternative (7 p.m. - 5 a.m.) [repeater of KUNI]


KUNZ 91.1 FM - Classical [repeater of KUNI]

Quad Cities

K233AA 94.5 FM Davenport - News (5 a.m. - 7 p.m.), Alternative (7 p.m. - 5 a.m.) [translator of KUNI]

K271AF 102.1 FM Eldridge - News (5 a.m. - 7 p.m.), Alternative (7 p.m. - 5 a.m.) [translator of KUNI]

Future Stations

The Universities that make up Iowa Public Radio hold construction permits for the following stations:


KUNJ 88.1 FM


NEW 89.9 FM

Mason City

KDVO 90.7 FM [will replace existing IPR translator]


KCNJ 89.5 FM

KOSK 91.5 FM


KUNE 88.3 FM

KDWI 89.1 FM [to sign on in mid-2008, carrying the News/Information network during the day and the Alternative service at night, will also serve Oskaloosa and Fairfield]


KDWT 91.7 FM [fringe signal to Des Moines and Ames]

Quad Cities

KWNJ 91.1 FM

New Station Applications

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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