Iowa’s Talk Radio Landscape


In light of of the recent changes in Iowa’s gun laws and the current national conversation on vitriole in political talk radio surrounding the Arizona shootings, Blog for Iowa would like to review the state of talk radio in Iowa based on research we have conducted over the past three years.  We’ve posted some links to resources at the bottom.   You can contact your local station and start a conversation within your community about your station’s content.

First, is a list of commercial stations in Iowa that air conservative talk. We initially collected this information in 2008, then did a review in 2009, and 2010.  An asterisk indicates new information for 2010.  Below that is a list of links to resources.

We found 2 Iowa commercial stations that broadcast some progressive talk and 15 that broadcast only conservative talk.  *Update:  Earlier this year (2012) Bradshaw and The Fallon Forum were removed from the publicly owned airwaves 98.3WOW-FM by their corporate bosses, Cumulus Radio.  You can still listen online

*As of 2012, of the stations listed below that air conservative talk, NOT ONE also aired progressive talk and one station, KILR-AM ADDED 10 HOURS DAILY OF CONSERVATIVE PROGRAMMING totalling 24 hours DAILY of conservative talk. See their complete conservative talk programming schedule below.


Of the 16 commercial stations in Iowa that broadcast conservative talk:

– 2 stations broadcast 3 hours per day of conservative talk
– 4 stations broadcast 6 hours per day of conservative talk
– 1 station broadcasts 8 hours per day of conservative talk
– 2 stations broadcast 9 hours per day of conservative talk
– 7 stations broadcast 12-24 hours per day of conservative talk

Following the list of stations are links to information and resources.

Burlington Talk
Radio KCPS

KCPS 1150
205 S. Gear Avenue W. Burlington, Iowa 52655
Phone (319) 754-6698
Glenn Beck, 9-11a; Limbaugh 11a-2p;Dennis Miller 2-5p; Michael Savage 7-9p; Jerry Doyle 9-12am;
(Since 2009, took out 1 hour of O’Reilly, replaced with 3 hours of Doyle)  Total:  13 hours/day

*Burlington KBUR 1490 am
Hannity 2-5, Roger Hedgecock, 8-11
Total:  6 hours/day

Cedar Rapids WMT 600
Old Marion Road

Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

Toll free: 800-332-5401
*600 on your US
Cellular Phone
Limbaugh 1p-4p;
Jim Bohannon 9p-12a Total:  6 hours/day

KXIC Iowa City 800 AM
(319) 354-9500 /866-609-TALK
Dennis Miller, 3 hours each  Total:  6 hours/day

WOC Quad Cities
1420 AM

11a-2p; Hannity 6-9p;Dennis Miller 9-12a; Total:  9 hours/day

Des Moines WHO
1040 AM
2141 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA
Program Director,
General Manager
Jan Mickelson,9a-11:30;Limbaugh
1-4p;Steve Deace 4-7p;Michael Medved 9-12 ;Jim
Bohannon 4-5am
(Dropped Michael Reagan, added Bohannon)  Total:  12 1/2 hours/day

WDBQ(no website)
1490 AM
5490 Saratoga
Road Dubuque
Phone: (563) 557-1040
Limbaugh 11a-2p
*Acc. to Wikipedia:  As of September 2009, added:  Smerconish, Ingraham, Hannity, Fred Thompson
Est. Total: 13 hours/day

*Estherville KILR-AM
1070 AM  *UPDATE: KILR AM now has a website and posts their daily broadcast schedule of 24 hours of conservative talk programming over the publicly owned airwaves.
Phone: 712-362-2644
(Old schedule:  Limbaugh 11a-2p; Added:  Bill Bennett, 2 hrs; James Dobson 1/2 hr, Laura Ingraham, 2 hrs., Hannity 3 hours; Savage 3 hours;  Old Total:  13 1/2 hours/day)
*UPDATE: KILR NOW BROADCASTS CONSERVATIVE TALK PROGRAMMING 24 HOURS A DAY, WEEKDAYS.    The on-air schedule is now 5:00 a.m – 8:00 a.m.  Bill Bennett,  8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.  Mike Gallagher, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Laura Ingraham, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Rush Limbaugh, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Sean Hannity, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Hugh Hewitt, 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.  Lars Larson, 11:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.  Jason Lewis, 2:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.  Michael Medved, 4:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m.  Mefferd.

Mason City  KGLOAM 1300
341 S Yorktown Pike
Mason City, IA

(641) 423-1300
Tim Fleming,
Brian Fancher,
Limbaugh 1p-4p
M-F  Total:  3 hours/day

Sheldon KIWA  (has advertiser list
on website!)
1550 AM

411 9th Street
Sheldon, IA


E-mail: Walt Pruiksma, Station
Mgr., at (good
luck…there is a picture on the website of Walt with Bush)

E-mail:  Wayne
Barahona, Program Director, at

11a-2p; Hannity 2-5p; L & H Saturdays also
Added Laura Ingraham and Mike Huckabee Total:  9 hours/day

Sioux City

2000 Indian Hills Dr
Sioux City, IA

(712) 239-2100
11a-2p; Hannity, 2-5,  O’Reilly (Fred Thompson now?) 5-7, Glenn Beck 7-10, Dennis Miller 10-12
Total:  13 hours/day

Waterloo KXEL
 AM 1540
514 Jefferson

Waterloo, IA  50701
Manager:  Tim Mathews

Phone:  319-234-2200 or

Coverage Area:  Waterloo-Cedar
Falls-Cedar Rapids-Iowa City

8-11a Glenn
Beck; 11a-2p Limbaugh; 2-5p Hannity
Dropped Bohannon, added Mark Levin 6-9, Smerconish 6-8
Total: 14 hours/day

*Marshalltown KFJB1230
Hannity 2-5
Total:  3 hours/day

*Ames 1430 KASI
Laura Ingraham 9-12, Neal Boortz 9-12
Total:  6 hours/day

*Spencer KICD 1420
Talking Points Memo 2 minutes 2x day; Mike Huckabee Report 5 minutes 2x
a day; Glenn Beck 3-5; Saturday Beck 3-6; Sunday Lou Dobbs 9-12
Total: 2 hours, 14  minutes/day;  Weekly total:  8 hours

*98.3 WOW-FM Des Moines
Mark Levin 11-2 am; Dennis Miller 2-4; Glenn Beck 10-1; Sean Hannity 4-7; Michael Savage 8-11;
Total:  14 hours/day

98.3 WOW also broadcasts the Fallon Forum 7-8; Bradshaw 1-4, progressive programming for a total of 4 hours/day.


Who owns your local radio station?

Radio Stations in Iowa

Iowa Broadcasters Association

The Public and Broadcasting: How to Get the Most Service from Your Local Station

The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio

Study:  Localism Key to Correcting Conservative Talk Radio Imbalance

Is Conservative Talk Being Rammed Down Iowans’ Throats?

Pew Research on Health Care Reform Validates Need for Media Reform

Powell Memo

Grassley letter to Genachowski

Prometheus Radio Project

Dave Bradley’s writings on the history of the stolen media:

in the Age of Consolidated Media

Our Message Out: Fighting Fire with FM (and Net Neutrality)

Great Surprise – The Telecommunications Act of 1996

Plane Facts About Media: What I Learned While in Flight

Brief History of Media Consolidation

on the Media in Iowa

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