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Release: Jan. 24, 2002

WSUI Has New Broadcast Towers Near Hills

WSUI, the University of Iowa's AM public radio station, has three new broadcast towers operating near Hills, improving the signal to Cedar Rapids area and beyond.

The 300—foot-high towers and transmitter are located at Sand Road and 560th Street, 2 miles south of Hills. WSUI started transmitting from the towers in December, operating under a temporary permit from the Federal Communications Commission, pending a full permit, according to John Monick, director of UI Broadcasting Services.

The towers replace the three original WSUI towers, built in 1940 and located on Mormon Trek Boulevard, two of which were felled during a storm in June 1998. WSUI will use the remaining tower and transmitter as a backup system until a permanent license is issued.

The new locale will strengthen the signal during the daytime and return to full power at night, dramatically improving the signal in north Linn County and the Cedar Rapids area, also improving the broadcast reach to the Quad Cities, Monick explained. WSUI-AM 910 now operates with a daytime power of 5,000 watts and a nighttime directional power of 4,000 watts.

WSUI broadcasts will have better technical quality and a clearer signal with the new facilities, said WSUI chief engineer Jim Davies. Audiences in Iowa City should enjoy better listening quality, he added.

"This has been a major project for us, and now we will be able to reach more people with our expanded programming," Monick said. "By reaching more listeners in the Cedar Rapids area, we also hope to attract additional business underwriting opportunities."

Monick welcomes comments from listeners about the improved signal; call WSUI at (319) 335-5730 or email