Edge 88 Radio
Edge 88 radio is the official student radio station of Grand View University. 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.
You can tune in to hear our college rock DJs Monday through Friday 4 p.m. to midnight with live student DJs during the school year and then with college rock music overnight until 7 a.m. Plus, you can watch a live video feed of the Edge 88 studio. Edge 88 broadcasts right on campus in the Student Center and simulates contemporary commercial radio operations.
If you'd like to see some of the creative video and audio stories from our Grand View radio stations, go to GVUmedia.com.
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Edge 88 is non-commercial 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 DJ's 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.
Monday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to midnight, Edge 88 programs alternative rock music. DJ's typically work one two-hour shifts 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 7 a .m. to 9 p.m. every Saturday and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays during the school year, then 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays from May to August and on holidays.
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 DJ's sitting in the studio, ready to take your alternative rock requests. Most commercial radio stations today "voice track" their DJ's 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: (515) 263-2985. Call after 6 p.m., Sunday through Thursday from September to April.
Kids Radio Mania
Listen to KDPS Kids Radio Mania online year-round, all day Saturdays, Sunday and on major holidays. You can become a "Radio Mania Kid" by simply joining 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!
Kids Radio Mania is produced by Grand View University and 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.
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The show airs all day Saturday and Sunday on KDPS-FM in Des Moines and on the web. 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 had over 10,000 calls from children and parents.
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If you have any questions or comments, contact Stephen Winzenburg at (515) 263-2997 or email swinzenburg @ grandview.edu.