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Click to listen to Edge 88 online.  College rock DJs are online Monday – Friday from 4 p.m. to midnight while school is in session.

Click to watch a live video feed of the Edge 88 studio.


To get the latest updates on station information and DJ news from Des Moines' Radio Mashup station, go to the student-run website: http://kdpsgrandview.wix.com/radio.

Listen to KDPS Kids Radio Mania online year-round, all day Saturdays, Sunday and major holidays.

Register online for free Kids Club prizes!

Listen to KDPS and Kids Radio Mania on your iPod or iPhone! Get the free FS Stream app from the iTunes store, then load http://KDPSradio.streamon.fm/listen.m3u. To get the station stream on your other devices, use the TuneIn radio app and search for 'Edge 88.'

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About Edge 88

KDPS radio is a 5,200-watt station licensed by the FCC to the Des Moines Public Schools, with evening and weekend programming provided by Grand View radio students. The station reaches a 20-radius around Des Moines, including Polk County and portions of Dallas, Story, Warren, and Jasper counties.

Edge 88 is noncommercial evening and weekend programming on KDPS, 88.1 FM. The station is owned and operated by the Des Moines Public Schools, which programs the weekday daytime hours and Friday nights. Grand View leases evening time on the station to provide our student DJs with experience in the radio business. The goal of the station is educational – we are not trying to compete with the area commercial stations, but instead are allowing our announcers to learn the business by working for the first time in front of a real audience.

Grand View students operate most of the evening Edge 88 programming during the school year, with live DJs from September to April and automated pop/rock music during the summer. Central Campus high school students air programming during the weekday daytime hours from late August to early June. Kids Radio Mania (for ages 2 to 14) runs on Saturdays and Sundays every weekend of the year, and also airs on school holidays and during the daytime on weekdays during the summer. 

Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to midnight, Edge 88 programs alternative rock music. DJs typically work one two-hour shift a week, sometimes working alone but often working in teams of two. The target listening audience is teens and young adults. On Sunday nights during the school years there is a variety of material, including oldies and sports talk. Kids Radio Mania runs from 5 a.m. Saturday to 9 p.m. on Sunday, and 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. on holidays and summer weekdays.

According to the Arbitron ratings (purchased by Grand View through the Radio Research Consortium), KDPS has a cumulative audience of around 12,000 listeners a week. Peak listening times are most weeknights, all day Friday, Saturday late morning ("Crazy Dave Kids Show") and kids radio on late afternoon on Saturdays and Sundays.

What makes Edge 88 unique is that the station actually has live DJs sitting in the studio, ready to take your alternative rock request. Most commercial radio stations today "voice track" their DJs by recording their voices ahead of time, or if there is a live DJ in the studio most stations do not actually play your request (even if the station tells you to call in requests!). So Grand View radio offers a request line: 263-2985. Call after 4 p.m., Monday through Friday from September to April.

Edge 88 Prizes

Keep listening to Edge 88 for great prize giveaways. Local businesses love to keep in touch with our young adult listeners by providing free prizes to callers. Restaurants, movie theatres, book stores, health and beauty shops, and game companies have provided prizes for our listeners. Usually one set of prizes is given away during every two-hour DJ shift – so listen every day and see what the DJ is giving away!

Prize Rules
1. When you hear that the station is giving away a prize at night, call 263-2985 (weekend Kids Radio Mania prizes are given away at 263-2997).
2. The DJ answering the phone during the giveaway is responsible for determining the winner.
3. You must provide KDPS radio with your name, address and phone number.
4. Some prizes will be mailed, others may be picked up. If you are asked to pick up the prize, you have two weeks to claim the prize.
5. Winning is limited to one prize in a 30-day period per person, family, household or address.
6. Relatives or roommates of Grand View University DJs are not eligible to win, nor are any station staff members or university employees.
7. Grand View University assumes no responsibility for misdirected mail or inability to provide the winner with the prize. Prize providers can change the terms of the prize at any time, including not honoring a prize certificate. Though we attempt to provide every winner with the promoted prize, there is no guarantee that every prize will be available and callers that provide personal information agree to accepting another Grand View item if the original prize is not available. Substitutions are at the discretion of the Grand View University faculty station manager.
8. Prizes that are unclaimed revert back to the station for external or internal use as decided by the Grand View University faculty station manager.

We also have free Edge 88 bumper stickers that are available to everyone. If you want a bumper sticker, call the DJ at 263-2985.

Kids Radio Mania

Click to listen instantly to some of Kids Radio Mania's most-requested songs of all time.

Register for Radio Mania Kids Club.

You can become a Radio Mania Kid – join the Radio Mania Kids Club and get a free prize pack. Once a year you will get a surprise in the mail that will remind you to keep listening to Kids Radio Mania on KDPS, FM 88.1! 

Register online or fill out and mail in the registration form.

Kids Radio History
Kids Radio Mania is produced by Grand View University. It started as a four-hour Saturday morning show in 1993 and aired for three years before leaving the air for awhile and resurfacing in 2001 as an all-weekend radio format.

The show airs all day Saturday and Sunday on KDPS-FM in Des Moines and on the web at www.KDPSradio.com. From 10:30 a.m. to noon every Saturday morning, Crazy Dave hosts a live call-in where he takes calls from children around the world.

Listeners are invited to join the Kids Club or listen for special prize give-aways at 515-263-2997. Over the years, Kids Radio has received more than 14,000 calls from children and parents.