KALA-FM launches new scholarship for St. Ambrose students

KALA-FM launches new scholarship for St. Ambrose students

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KALA) – KALA-FM is proud to announce a new scholarship available to all current and incoming St. Ambrose students.

This is an opportunity for students to finance their education while getting hands-on learning in broadcasting, marketing and communications, or content production.

There are three scholarships open to students currently enrolled at St. Ambrose University and two scholarships open to incoming first-year or transfer students. Each student will be award $3,000 and is required to take on a role at the radio station during the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters.

More information about the scholarship and how to apply can be found by visiting these links:
KALA-FM Scholarship Current Students | Application
KALA-FM Scholarship Incoming/Transfer Students | Application

In previous years, KALA-FM offered a Senior Internship to SAU students of senior class status during their final two semesters at the school. At this time, KALA has suspended that program so it can focus on this new scholarship which allows more students the opportunity for financial assistance and take on an important role within KALA-FM.

St. Ambrose students and KALA Radio win national and regional awards

St. Ambrose students and KALA Radio win national and regional awards

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St. Ambrose students and KALA Radio win national and regional awards

DAVENPORT, Iowa – Over the weekend, three St. Ambrose students were among those recognized by the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association.

On April 4, MBJA announced the winners of its annual Eric Sevareid Awards on its website. Typically, the awards are announced during its annual conference. But due to the Coronavirus, the conference was canceled. The awards honor student and professional journalists working in radio and television across a six-state region.

St. Ambrose senior Sharon (Adasme) Bentley received an Award of Merit in the “Best Newscast” category for her November 5, 2019 newscast “KALA News Today.” The bi-weekly student newscast ended in December so Bentley could focus on the creation of her six-episode podcast “Melody of the Music Department.” In the show, Bentley invites guests from the St. Ambrose Music Department to share what makes their program unique. She also talks with non-music majors who benefit from music scholarships offered through the SAU Music Department.

Senior Brad Burton and sophomore Logen Howell also received an Award of Merit from the MBJA. Their August 7, 2019 episode of “Unsportsmanlike Conduct” won them the honor. Their show airs every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. on KALA 106.1 FM.

In March, the same three students were also recognized for their work by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System. The competition is open to high school and college media outlets from across the nation. This year, they received thousands of submissions.

Burton and Howell attended the March 6 and 7 conference and awards ceremony in New York City, along with KALA Operations Manager, David Baker. The two were finalists in the “Best Sports Interview” category. The submission was from an episode of “Unsportsmanlike Conduct” where the hosts interviewed SAU graduate and retired ABC sportscaster John Cloghessy.

Bentley’s November 5, 2019 newscast won the top award in the IBS competition. She was awarded first place in the “Best Newscast” category for “KALA News Today.”

Each year, KALA also submits content in professional categories.

This year, the “Relevant or Irrelevant” team was recognized with an “Award of Merit” from the MBJA in the “Talk/Public Affairs Category” for Episode 318: Creating the Black Utopia of Buxton, Iowa. Their show airs Fridays at 9:30 p.m. on KALA 106.1 FM. You can also find the show on the KALA SoundCloud account.




PRESS RELEASE: KALA-FM to broadcast mass live on Sundays

PRESS RELEASE: KALA-FM to broadcast mass live on Sundays

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KALA-FM to Broadcast Mass Live on Sundays


DAVENPORT, Iowa – KALA Radio, a broadcasting station owned and operated by St. Ambrose University, will host Catholic Mass over the air, on 88.5 FM, every Sunday at noon, until further notice. This is a collaboration with St. Ambrose Campus Ministry.

Rev. Thomas Hennen, St. Ambrose University Chaplin, will be the celebrant.

The idea to host mass over the air came amidst the cancellation of all public masses in the Diocese of Davenport due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Many parishes in the diocese, and across the nation, have begun streaming Sunday services online. Since not everyone has access to the internet, this weekly KALA broadcast offers another medium Catholics can utilize to connect with their faith in this unprecedented time.

KALA-FM can be listened to over the air at 88.5 on the FM dial. Online streaming is also available via TuneIn – just search for KALA.



KALA News Today Headlines – Nov. 14, 2019

KALA News Today Headlines – Nov. 14, 2019

QUAD CITIES (KALA) — An I-74 update and a community comfort drive are today’s KALA News Today Headlines.

We start off with an I-74 update. If the weather holds up, contractors will begin setting steel girders today and working on the overhead structure for the bridge. That means the Riverfront Trail between 12th Street and George Thuenen Drive in Bettendorf will be closed for about a month. That’s near the Isle Casino and Hotel. Click here to see the map of detour routes. 

The Rock Island Public Library is giving back to the community in a new way. This month, they are hosting a Community Comforts Donation Drive for the first time. They’re looking to collect items and resources to help local organizations fight homelessness and housing insecurity. Toiletries, non-perishable food times, paper products, cleaning supplies, and new clothes can be donated. You can find the donation boxes at every library location until the end of this month.

KALA News Today airs live Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m.

KALA to mark 50 years with celebration Nov. 2

KALA to mark 50 years with celebration Nov. 2

KALA 88.5FM is celebrating 50 years on the air with a dinner program Nov. 2.

The celebration begins with guided tours of the station at 4:30 p.m. The station is located on St. Ambrose University’s campus inside the Galvin Fine Arts Center off of Gaines Street in Davenport, Iowa.

At 6:00 p.m., a cocktail hour will begin inside the Rogalski Center Ballroom. The building is located on the St. Ambrose University campus off of Lombard and Ripley Streets in Davenport. During cocktail hour, complimentary beer and wine will be available along with cheese and crackers and a vegetable platter.

Dinner will begin at 7:00 p.m. The Buffet will include entrees of vegetable lasagna and bruschetta chicken. Anyone with dietary restrictions is asked to contact David Baker at bakerdavidw@sau.edu. Following dinner, a brief program highlighting the history of KALA will be held.

The cost of the event is $35 per-person through Oct. 25 and $40 per-person Oct. 26-30 and are available through this link. Tickets cannot be purchased at the door.

Out of town guests can receive a discounted room at the Steeplegate Inn in Davenport if they mention St. Ambrose University.

KALA looks forward to celebrating 50 years in the Quad Cities community!