CONTACT: GEORGE MCCRORY
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Jan. 24,
WSUI Has New Broadcast Towers Near Hills
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
The 300foot-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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.