Posted Online: Dec. 18, 2007, 4:54 pm

Health Radio files for move to Silvis

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By Bill Mayeroff, staff writer

SILVIS - An Aurora-based radio station wants to move to Silvis and be apart of the Quad Cities media market.

The Federal Communications Commission accepted an application from Kovas Communications of Fort Wayne, Ind. to move WKKD-AM 1580 to Silvis, according to Kovas' vice president Joseph Walburn.

"We feel the Quad Cities is a growing area," said Mr. Walburn, the stepson of Kovas' founder Frank Kovas. The FCC still needs to approve the move before any work can begin, he said. "We hope to receive the permit in 60 to 90 days."

WKKD-AM is a 1,700 watt station that carries the Health Radio Network, Mr. Walburn said, adding that he does not know whether the format will stay the same once the station moves to Silvis. Once the move is approved by the FCC, he said, he will study the market to determine what format would best fit the area.

"We were looking to fill holes in the market," Mr. Walburn said.

The move to Silvis is still in the planning stage, Mr. Walburn said, adding that he does not have a site picked out for the station and broadcast tower. When Kovas decided to move WKKD out of Aurora, he said, the company only looked at sites in the Quad Cities and determined that Silvis was the best fit. He said that once the FCC approves the move, Mr. Kovas will have three years to get the radio station operational.

City officials didn't know about the plans until Tuesday.

"I haven't heard anything," Silvis city administrator Jim Grafton said, adding that the last time he heard anything about a radio station coming to Silvis was four or five years ago.

Mayor Lyle Lohse was similarly in the dark.

"That's great, but I don't know a thing," he said, adding that he has not talked with any radio stations about moving to Silvis.

"Overall, we're looking forward to providing a service to the community," Mr. Walburn said. "We like the area out there. I think it's kind of an under-appreciated market. "We're excited."

Mayor Lohse was also excited about the plan.

"We welcome them with open arms," he said.