After fast start, new Iowa City radio station temporarily slowed down after bad weather

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG) - A small, non-profit radio station in Iowa City says in their first seven months, things have gone great- until this most recent round of weather temporarily forced them to go off the air.

KICI 105.3, a non-profit, commercial-free, and all volunteer-based radio station in Iowa City started up in Summer 2018. (Aaron Scheinblum, KCRG)

KICI 105.3 in Iowa City started in Summer 2018 as a no-commercial, volunteer-based radio station. Organizers said the radio station became a reality thanks to various donations and crowd-funding.

Volunteers say just as their momentum was picking up, their antenna froze earlier this week. So technically music and shows are still playing, but no one can tune in to hear it.

Leadership said they were optimistic the warmer temperatures could help them get back on the air soon, but Holly Hart, who serves as the station's manager, said now they will have to look into other ways to protect from future storms.

"I'm hoping that we can adapt to this so that we can stay on the air when we have emergency alerts, times where we really need to rely on radio, that we'll be there for that," Hart said. "I would say to Mother Nature: 'fine, do your worst. We'll be back.'"

Despite the temporary time off-air, volunteers say there is still plenty for them to do to get shows ready for future broadcasts.

"[I can] build our music library, I can do some audio editing for 'The Green Room I.C.,' which is our local entertainment show," said Craig Jarvie, who serves as Outreach Coordinator and a producer for the radio station. "There's definitely a lot to do even though we're off the air."

Hart was hopeful the station could be back up and running by late-Thursday afternoon, but said it could take an additional day or two for them to get back on the air.

Hart said the recent string of weather showed them there were still investments left to make to continue to develop and expand the station.

To donate to the station or consider volunteering, visit their website.