DES MOINES, Iowa -- After decades of broadcasting from KTIA-FM, 99.3 has moved studios from Boone to Des Moines.
The station was run for many years on AM & FM as KFGQ by Boone Biblical Ministries. The station was sold to another owner, before being purchased by The Truth Network five years ago.
"It's our desire to be a voice for the Christian community in Des Moines metro area," said KTIA Manager, Chris Rohloff. "Many years ago there was a Christian station, a protestant evangelical Christian radio station in Des Moines, and we're happy to fill that gap that was left 8 or 10 years ago."
That station was KWKY 1150, which switched to a Catholic Radio format.
In order to serve Des Moines better, KTIA had to get permission to move its broadcasting tower from Boone to Huxley. The move meant that another Christian station KPUL "The Pulse" had to move its frequency from 99.5 to 101.7. In turn, Iowa Public radio vacated the 101.7 spot to move to 97.7.
"Everything we talk about on this station has a biblical world view," said Mac J. Michael McCoy, who hosts the program "View from the Pew" each afternoon at 2 p.m. "We look at everything through the eyes of the Bible."
A recent show featured Bob Vander Plaats, of the Family Leader discussing the upcoming Family Leadership Summit in Ames. The forum will feature a number of GOP Presidential candidates. KTIA will be there to cover that event live.
McCoy's show is followed by Steve Deace, formerly of WHO and KXNO radio where he did political and sports shows before syndicating his show nationally. The Steve Deace show began airing live locally on KTIA for the first time on July 1. The station had been airing his show in the evening on a delay basis.
The station's offices have relocated to the Merle Hay Mall tower office building, which is attached to the north end of the mall.