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WHO (1040 kHz "Newsradio 1040") is a commercial AM radio station in Des Moines, Iowa. The station is owned by iHeartMedia and carries a news/talk radio format. The studios and offices are on Grand Avenue in Des Moines.[1] The transmitter is on Northeast 120th Street in Mitchellville, Iowa.[2] WHO broadcasts with 50,000 watts, the maximum power permitted for commercial AM stations. It uses a non-directional antenna. WHO dates back to the early days of broadcasting and is a Class A clear-channel station. With a good radio, the station can be heard over much of the Central United States
Central United States
during nighttime hours. During daytime hours, its transmitter power and Iowa's flat land (with near-perfect soil conductivity) gives it at least secondary coverage of most of Iowa, as well as parts of Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, Wisconsin, Minnesota
Minnesota
and South Dakota.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Early Years 1.2 Ronald Reagan, WHO Sportscaster 1.3 WHO-FM and WHO-TV

2 Personalities and Programming 3 Sports Programming 4 References 5 External links

History[edit] Early Years[edit] WHO first began broadcasting on April 10, 1924.[3] While most radio stations in Iowa
Iowa
today begin their call signs with a K, WHO begins with a W, because the original dividing line was the western border of Iowa. WHO dates back to the early years of radio, when call signs were often only three letters long. The call letters were not chosen because they spell out the question "Who?" The government handed out call signs sequentially. The studios were on the top floor of the Liberty Building in downtown Des Moines.[4] The station was originally owned by Bankers Life, which is now the Principal Financial Group. After the FRC's General Order 40 reallocated frequencies in 1928, WHO ended up sharing time on the same frequency with WOC in Davenport. In 1930, B. J. Palmer, owner of WOC, bought WHO, and the two stations operated together as WOC-WHO until a new 50,000-watt transmitter near Mitchellville began operating on November 11, 1933. (WOC ceased broadcasting that day but returned on another frequency a year later.) Through most of its early years, WHO was a network affiliate of the NBC
NBC
Red Network, broadcasting comedies, dramas, game shows, soap operas, sports and big bands. WHO moved from 1000 AM to the current 1040 AM on March 29, 1941, as a result of the North American Regional Broadcasting Agreement. Today WHO is one of only two 50,000-watt AM radio stations in Iowa. The other is KXEL
KXEL
in Waterloo. However, WHO was originally a Class I-A, while KXEL
KXEL
was given Class I-B status, requiring a directional antenna at night, to avoid interfering with the other Class I-B station on 1540, ZNS-1 in Nassau, Bahamas. Ronald Reagan, WHO Sportscaster[edit]

Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan
working for WHO in the mid-1930s

Future United States President Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan
worked as a sportscaster with WHO from 1932 to 1937. Among his duties were re-creations of Chicago Cubs
Chicago Cubs
baseball games. Reagan received details over a teleprinter for each play and would act as if he were in the stadium, reporting on the game while seeing it from the press box. Many radio stations used this re-creation system until sports networks became more common. WHO-FM and WHO-TV[edit] In 1948, WHO-FM 100.3 signed on the air. Originally WHO-FM simulcast most of the programming heard on AM 1040. But in 1967, WHO-FM switched to classical music and beautiful music. 100.3 has changed formats and call letters several times since then and now broadcasts as KDRB, "100.3 The Bus." In 1954, WHO-TV
WHO-TV
began broadcasting on channel 13. Because WHO 1040 was a long-time affiliate of NBC, the TV station also affiliated with NBC. WHO was continuously owned by the Palmer family for more than 70 years, until Jacor Broadcasting purchased the station in 1997. Jacor merged with Clear Channel Communications (now iHeartMedia) a year later. WHO and the other iHeart radio stations in Des Moines (KDRB, KDXA, KKDM, and KXNO) continued to share a building with WHO-TV
WHO-TV
until moving into a new facility in 2005. For many years, WHO has used an owl as its mascot, an apparent play on its call letters, pronounced like an owl's call. Personalities and Programming[edit] Most of WHO's daytime schedule is made up of local shows on weekdays, while nights carry nationally syndicated programming. Mornings begin with Van Harden and Bonnie Lucas, co-hosts of the Van & Bonnie[5] followed by Jeff Angelo in late mornings, Bob Quinn and Doug Cooper in middays and Simon Conway, originally from London, taking the afternoon drive time. Syndicated shows include Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, John Batchelor, Coast to Coast AM
Coast to Coast AM
with George Noory
George Noory
and America in the Morning. Weekends include shows on money, health, religion, gardening, the outdoors and pets. Syndicated weekend shows include Michael Medved
Michael Medved
and Bill Cunningham. Sports Programming[edit] WHO has been the longtime flagship station of University of Iowa sports. Jim Zabel, who joined WHO in 1944,[6] was the play-by-play voice for Hawkeyes football and basketball games from 1949 to 1996. That is when the University of Iowa
University of Iowa
licensed exclusive rights to do radio play-by-play to Learfield Sports, which picked Gary Dolphin as the play-by-play announcer for Hawkeyes men's and women's basketball. Until his death in 2013, Zabel remained with WHO as co-host (with Jon Miller of HawkeyeNation) of the Sound Off sports talk show that airs on Saturdays during Hawkeyes seasons, and as co-host of Two Guys Named Jim on Sunday nights with former Iowa State University
Iowa State University
football coach Jim Walden. References[edit]

Stein, Jeff, Making Waves: The People and Places of Iowa
Iowa
Broadcasting (ISBN 0-9718323-1-5). Cedar Rapids, Iowa: WDG Communications, 2004.

^ WHOradio.iheart.com ^ Radio-Locator.com ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1977 page C-76 ^ http://www.skyscraperpage.com/cities/?buildingID=18905 ^ http://www.whoradio.com/pages/vbpersonality.html ^ http://www.whoradio.com/pages/about/staff/index.html?feed=121651&article=371669

External links[edit]

Official website WHO radio historical artifacts from DesMoinesBroadcasting.com WHO-Tour of Transmitter
Transmitter
and History Query the FCC's AM station database for WHO Radio-Locator Information on WHO Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WHO FCC History Cards for WHO

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Radio stations in the Des Moines– Ames, Iowa
Ames, Iowa
market

By AM frequency

540 640 940 1040 1150 1260 1310 1350 1430 1460 1490 1590 1700

By FM frequency

88.1 88.5 88.7 88.9 89.3 90.1 91.3 91.7 92.5 93.3 94.1 94.9 96.1 96.3 97.3 97.7 97.9 98.3 98.9 99.3 99.9 100.3 101.1 101.7 102.5 103.3 104.1 105.1 105.5 105.9 106.3 107.1 107.5

NOAA Weather Radio frequency

162.55

By callsign

K260AM KASI KAZR KBGG KCYZ KDFR KDLF KDLS KDLS-FM KDPS KDRA-LP KDRB KDXA KFMG-LP KGGO KHKI KICG KICJ KICL KICP KIOA KJJY KJMC KKDM KMYR KNSL KNWI KNWM KPSZ KPUL KRNT KSTZ KTIA-FM KURE KWBG KWDM KWKY KWMT KWQW KXIA KXLQ KXNO WHO WOI WOI-FM WXL57

Defunct

KCBC-FM KGVC-LP
KGVC-LP
(94.1 FM)

Nearby radio markets Cedar Rapids– Iowa
Iowa
City Fort Dodge Kansas
Kansas
City Omaha–Council Bluffs Ottumwa Sioux City Waterloo–Cedar Falls

See also List of radio stations in Iowa

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Radio stations in the Burlington, Iowa
Iowa
market

By FM frequency

88.1 89.9 90.7 92.1 93.5 95.3 96.3 97.3 98.3 100.1 101.7 103.1 105.5 107.3 107.7

By AM frequency

1130 1150 1360 1490

NOAA Weather Radio frequency

162.525

By callsign

K214BC K299AU KAIP KAYP KBKB KBKB-FM KBUR KCDM KCPS KDMG KGRS KKMI KHDK KILJ KILJ-FM KOKX-FM KRNQ WKAI WQKQ WXN83

Defunct

WCAZ (990 AM)

Nearby radio markets Cedar Rapids– Iowa
Iowa
City Ottumwa Peoria Quad Cities Quincy-Hannibal-Keokuk Springfield

See also List of radio stations in Iowa

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Radio stations in the Cedar Rapids– Iowa
Iowa
City market

By AM frequency

600 800 860 910 1040 1360 1380 1450 1540 1600 1630

By FM frequency

88.3 89.1 89.7 90.9 91.7 92.3 93.1 94.1 95.7 96.5 98.1 99.1 99.7 100.7 101.9 102.9 104.5 105.7 106.1 107.1 107.9

NOAA Weather Radio frequency

162.45 162.475

By callsign

KBEA-FM KCCK-FM KCII KCII-FM KCJJ KDAT KFMW KGYM KHAK KJY64 KKHQ-FM KKRQ KKSY-FM KMJM KMRY KNWS-FM KOKZ KOSY-FM KRNA KRQN KRUI-FM KSKB KSUI KUNI KWPC KXEL KXGM KXIC KZIA WHO WMT WSUI WXL61

Nearby radio markets Burlington Dubuque Des Moines–Ames Fort Dodge Ottumwa Quad Cities Waterloo–Cedar Falls

See also List of radio stations in Iowa

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News/ Talk radio stations in the state of Iowa

Stations

KBIZ
KBIZ
– Ottumwa KCFI – Cedar Falls KFJB – Marshalltown KGLO
KGLO
– Mason City KICD – Spencer KILR – Estherville KIWA - Sheldon KSCJ
KSCJ
– Sioux City KSDE-LP – De Soto KWBG – Boone KXEL
KXEL
– Waterloo KXIC Iowa
Iowa
City WDBQ – Dubuque WHO – Des Moines WMT – Cedar Rapids WOC – Davenport

See also adult contemporary classic hits college country news/talk NPR oldies religious rock sports top 40 urban other radio stations in Iowa

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Clear-channel stations

These AM radio stations have a full-power nighttime skywave signal well beyond their daytime groundwave coverage, by international agreements.

Canada

CBEF CBK CBN CBR CBT CBW CBY CFRB CFTR CFZM CJBC CKAC CKDO CKGM CKWX

United States

KAAY KBBI KBRW KBYR KCBF KCHU KDKA KDLG KENI KEX KFAB KFAQ KFAR KFBK KFI KFQD KGO KICY KIRO KJNP KMOX KNBR KNOM KNX KNZR KOA KOAN KOKC KOMO KOTZ KRLD KSL KSTP KVNT KWKH KXEL KYUK KYW WABC WBAL WBAP WBBM WBBR WBT WBZ WCBS WCCO WCKY WFAN WFED WFME WGN WGY WHAM WHAS WHO WJR WLAC WLS WLW WMVP WOAI WOR WPHT WRVA WSB WSCR WSM WTAM WTIC WWKB WWL WWVA

Mexico

XEB XEEP XEG XEMR XEPRS XEQ XERF XEROK XEW XEWA XEWK XEWW XEX

Bahamas

ZNS-1

By frequency

540 (SK) 540 (NL) 540 (S.L.P.) 640 (NL) 640 (CA) 640 (AK) 650 (AK) 650 (TN) 660 (AK) 660 (NY) 670 (AK) 670 (IL) 680 (AK) 680 (CA) 680 (ON) 690 (B.C.) 690 (QC) 700 (AK) 700 (OH) 710 (WA) 710 (NY) 720 (AK) 720 (IL) 730 (QC) 730 (CDMX) 740 (ON) 750 (AK) 750 (GA) 760 (MI) 770 (AK) 770 (NY) 780 (AK) 780 (IL) 800 (Chih.) 810 (CA) 810 (NY) 820 (AK) 820 (TX) 830 (MN) 840 (KY) 850 (AK) 850 (CO) 860 (ON) 870 (LA) 880 (NY) 890 (AK) 890 (IL) 900 (CDMX) 940 (CDMX) 990 (MB) 990 (NL) 1000 (IL) 1000 (WA) 1010 (AB) 1010 (ON) 1020 (AK) 1020 (PA) 1030 (MA) 1040 (IA) 1050 (N.L.) 1060 (PA) 1060 (CDMX) 1070 (CA) 1080 (AK) 1080 (CT) 1080 (TX) 1090 (AR) 1090 (MD) 1090 (B.C.) 1100 (OH) 1110 (NC) 1110 (NE) 1120 (MO) 1130 (BC) 1130 (LA) 1130 (NY) 1140 (VA) 1140 (N.L.) 1160 (UT) 1170 (AK) 1170 (OK) 1170 (WV) 1180 (NY) 1190 (OR) 1190 (Jal.) 1200 (TX) 1210 (PA) 1220 (CDMX) 1500 (DC) 1500 (MN) 1510 (TN) 1520 (NY) 1520 (OK) 1530 (CA) 1530 (OH) 1540 (IA) 1540 (Bah.) 1550 (ON) 1560 (CA) 1560 (NY) 1570 (Coah.) 1580 (ON)

See also Daytime-only radio stations

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iHeartMedia

Corporate officers

Bob Pittman (Chairman/CEO)

Board of directors

Lowry Mays Irving Azoff B. J. "Red" McCombs J. C. Watts John H. Williams

Radio stations

List of radio stations owned by iHeartMedia

Radio networks

Evolution Fox Sports Radio Premiere Networks Premium Choice Total Traffic and Weather Network

Miscellaneous

Clear Channel Outdoor Clear Channel UK iHeartRadio List of programming syndicated by iHeartMedia Mediabase Radio Comput

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