KTIA-FM

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KTIA-FM
CityHuxley, Iowa
Broadcast areaDes Moines metropolitan area
Branding"The Truth"
Frequency99.3 MHz
First air date1950[1] as KFGQ-FM in Boone, Iowa
FormatChristian talk and teaching
ERP5,300 watts
HAAT107 m (351 ft)
ClassA
Facility ID6417
Transmitter coordinates42°02′55″N 93°53′54″W / 42.04861°N 93.89833°W / 42.04861; -93.89833
Callsign meaningK Truth IowA
Former callsignsKFGQ-FM (1950-2005)[2]
KFFF-FM (2005-2010)[2]
AffiliationsSalem Radio Network
OwnerTruth Broadcasting, Inc.
WebsiteTruthNetwork.com/stations/KTIA

KTIA-FM (99.3 MHz) is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Huxley, Iowa and serving Central Iowa and the northern suburbs of the Des Moines metropolitan area. The station broadcasts a Christian talk and teaching radio format. KTIA-FM is owned by Truth Broadcasting, Inc.[3] The main studio is located in the Merle Hay Tower on the 6th floor in Urbandale, Iowa.

According to the Antenna Structure Registration database, the tower is 90 m (295 ft) tall with the transmitter antenna mounted at the 87 m (285 ft) level.[4] The calculated Height Above Average Terrain (HAAT) is 107 m (351 ft). The FM antenna array is an FMC-4A manufactured by Harris, located off NW 158th Street in Polk City, Iowa. KTIA-FM broadcasts with an effective radiated power (ERP) of 5,300 watts.[5]

Programming[edit]

KTIA-FM carries programs from local and national religious leaders. Host include John MacArthur, Chuck Swindoll, Jim Daly and David Jeremiah.[6] The hosts pay for their time on the air as brokered programming. While on the air, they may ask for donations to support their ministries. Most hours begin with world and national news from the Salem Radio Network (SRN News).

History[edit]

In 1950, the station signed on as KFGQ-FM in Boone, Iowa.[7] It was the FM counterpart to AM 1260 KFGQ, (now KDLF). Both stations were owned by the Boone Biblical College. Because the AM station was a daytimer, required to sign off at sunset, the religious programming could be heard around the clock on KFBQ-FM. The transmitter and broadcast tower were originally located in southwest Boone, Iowa on West Park Avenue.

The call sign switched to KFFF-FM on February 1, 2005.[2] The call letters switched again in 2010 to KTIA.

Truth Broadcasting applied to move KTIA's transmitter from Boone to Huxley and also change the city of license to Huxley. This move would represent a 15-mile relocation to the southeast and provide a better signal to the Des Moines area, thus adding 400,000 people into KTIA's listening range. Truth had opposition from Saga Communications, which owns several Des Moines radio stations. Saga said the move would put KTIA in the Des Moines and Ames media markets.

That resulted in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in serving Truth Broadcasting with a Deficiency Letter that gave the owners the opportunity to rebut Saga's assertion. Truth Broadcasting countered with its own petition asking that the Deficiency Letter be reviewed and reversed because the move could not hit the Des Moines market without being over 50% of the metro, while the Commission noted that at one site with a directional pattern, the signal could get into over 50% of the Ames area. As a result of this, the FCC denied Truth's request and Petition for reconsideration, thus canceling the application.[8] After reconsidering the decision, the FCC reversed its previous ruling and granted the construction permit for KTIA moving to Huxley. The station was issued its license to cover Huxley on July 6, 2015.

The move of the studios, transmitter and other broadcast oriented items was accomplished in May/June 2015.

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