KALA-FM is the award-winning radio station from St. Ambrose University. 

KALA is located on the second floor of St. Ambrose University’s Galvin Fine Arts and Communication Center in Davenport, Iowa. The mission of KALA-FM is to provide a broadcast quality learning lab for St. Ambrose University’s communication students and to serve the Quad Cities community with diverse music, news, and information.

KALA broadcasts diverse programming from jazz, blues, world, urban adult contemporary, new rock, Hispanic, Latin jazz, and gospel to public service programming (syndicated and locally-produced) to local, state, and national news. Occasional live music, features, news, podcasts, and live coverage of St. Ambrose University sports events can also be heard on 88.5FM and KALA-FM HD2 106.1FM. You can also hear our podcasts on SoundCloud.

KALA has three state-of-the-art radio production studios and two podcast studios. Our working music archive includes a digital library, some 8,000 vinyl albums, more than 40,000 CDs, and a licensed commercial music library. 

Program underwriting and production rates are available upon request.

KALA-FM awards five $3,000 scholarships each academic year to St. Ambrose students in good academic standing. Three of the five scholarships are awarded to returning students. The remaining two scholarships are awarded to first-year and/or transfer students. Scholarship recipients work in the radio station throughout the academic year gaining invaluable real-world experience in broadcasting, marketing, communications, and production. Students do not need to be a Digital Communications major to apply. Learn more about the scholarships below:

Current Student Scholarship Information

Incoming/Transfer Student Scholarship Information

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