WVIK 90.3 FM :: www.wvik.org
WVIK 90.3 FM is the flagship National Public Radio station for the Quad Cities region of eastern Iowa and northwestern Illinois. It is licensed to Rock Island, Illinois and owned by Augustana College. Studios are located on Augustana’s campus in Rock Island. The station also operates a low-powered translator, K239AB, at 95.7 FM in Dubuque, Iowa. The station signed on for the first time in 1981 on 90.1 FM. The Quad Cities had been one of the last areas of Iowa and Illinois without a city-grade signal from an NPR station. Prior to 1981, the only source of NPR programming in the area had been a low-powered translator of Cedar Falls’ KUNI, though much of the area got grade B coverage from Iowa City’s WSUI. In 1991, it moved to its current frequency, and activated its Dubuque translator a few months later.