History of Iowa Catholic Radio
KWKY started as KWDM in 1948 with a downtown studio and towers in Pleasant Hill. Entire operation moved to Norwalk in 1970. At one time, programming included Top 40 and country music. Purchased by the Putbrese family in 1976, the format switched to Evangelical Christian talk/music format. St. Gabriel Communications purchased the station in 2006 and commenced Catholic programming on December 8, 2006.
Iowa Catholic Radio Today
KWKY 1150 AM, Des Moines is licensed as a Class B radio station with 4 towers located in Norwalk, Iowa. Daytime power: 2,500 watts, Nighttime power: 1,000 watts.
KIHS 88.5 FM, Adel is licensed as a Class A FM station, 500 watts ERP, antenna 207 feet above average terrain. Tower located in Adel, Iowa.
K233BT, 94.5, Des Moines, is licensed as a Class D FM translator for KIHS, 140 watts ERP, antenna 347 feet above average terrain. Tower located in Des Moines, Iowa.
Today, Iowa Catholic Radio broadcasts from a new studio at the Diocese of Des Moines Catholic Pastoral Center in downtown Des Moines, offering a mix of catechesis, devotionals, prayer, bible study, local happenings, call-in programs and music. It provides a fresh, moral perspective on critical issues and events of the day with both locally and nationally produced programs.
The Future is Bright!
The first phase of expansion concluded October, 2012 with the launch of two FM radio stations, and the birth of Iowa Catholic Radio 1150 AM, 88.5 FM, 94.5 FM. This brings our message to more Christians across central Iowa, to listeners who simply prefer the FM frequency, and a broadcast signal that is more consistent and clear.
Vision & Mission
Iowa Catholic Radio is the only Catholic radio broadcaster for the community of central Iowa. We serve as the radio voice for the parishes and schools of the Diocese of Des Moines, including Bishop Pates, Dowling Catholic High School, Knights of Columbus, Catholic Charities and Catholic businesses, offering more than half a million Christians the opportunity to hear the Word of God.
Our vision is to deliver God’s WORD 24/7, 365 days a year across Iowa.
Our mission is to save souls and to proclaim the Gospel through the use of modern media to more than half a million Christians in central Iowa.
About Catholic Radio
“Radio offers perhaps the closest equivalent today of what Jesus was able to do with large groups through His preaching.”
Pope John Paul II
Because of the changing social and cultural environment, many traditional programs of catechesis and evangelization have been relatively ineffective in reaching the lost and teaching the Faith. With the advent of new technology, there are new means of evangelization and catechesis available. These media, including television, radio, and the internet, offer effective, unique, and innovative ways to reach out to the lost. Compared to other communications media, radio reaches more people, in less time, for less money, with less staff, and with greater effect.
Catholic Radio Saves Souls!
- Catholic Radio has proven to be one of the most effective means in the mission of evangelization
- Catholic Radio is personal, timely, local, and cost-effective
- Catholic Radio has become “The Instrument of the New Evangelization”
- Currently there are 236 Catholic Radio Stations and 47 Translators broadcasting across America.
- Through Catholic Radio, God’s WORD is shared 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
- Listening to Catholic Radio has resulted in conversions to the Catholic Faith
- Time at prayer & Eucharistic Adoration
- Confession attendance
- Mass attendance
- Involvement in parish life
- More people considering vocations to the priesthood or religious life