|City||Cedar Falls, Iowa|
|Broadcast area||University of Northern Iowa/Surrounding Area|
|Affiliations||University of Northern Iowa|
|Owner||Board of Control For Student Broadcasting|
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|HAAT||28.7 meters (94 ft)|
KULT-LP (94.5 FM, "The Kult") is a college radio station broadcasting an Alternative rock radio format. Licensed to Cedar Falls, Iowa, United States, the station serves the University of Northern Iowa area. The station is currently owned by the Board of Control For Student Broadcasting.
1955 - The student radio station started out on the 3rd floor in the Old Aud Building (now Lang Hall) at KYTC (Know Your Teachers College—UNI was then Iowa State Teachers College). Content includes live dramas, concert music, and news.
1957 - KYTC was moved to a World War II barracks building annex that was located between Sabin Hall and the library.
1964 - KYTC moves to an old house south of Baker Hall that once served as the infirmary.
1969 - KTYC moves to the new Maucker Union, gets news audio equipment and operates as a carrier current station on campus.
1974 - Becomes KCRS (Campus Radio Service), 970 AM carrier current. Known by 1978 as KC-97, the album station.
early 1990s - Now known as KGRK ("The Gerk"), and carried as audio on campus cable channel 5, in addition to carrier current.
1996 - Station gets a Web page. By this point, 80-100 students participate at the station as DJs, sports and news broadcasters each term.
1998 - KGRK begins Web streaming.
2001 - KGRK begins a low power (less than 1 watt) AM broadcast from antenna on top of Schindler Hall. The signal reaches only the campus area (per FCC requirements).
June 2001—Station faculty advisor Chris Martin (Associate Professor of Communication Studies) and the Board of Control for Student Broadcasting apply for one of the new 100-watt Low Power FM licenses offered by the FCC.
October 10, 2002—The FCC grants an 18-month construction permit for the station to get on the air. The station also secures the new call sign KULT-LP ("The Kult"), as selected from a list of available call signs by the station's student managers. Some available call signs that didn't make the cut: KONK (our runner-up), KWAN, KIPI, KIZI, KIKY, KLOP, KBAA, KIMU, KYRU.
February 2003—Northern Iowa Student Government approves a proposal from General Manager Lee Farquhar and Advisor Chris Martin for about $12,500 in special funds from the Northern Iowa Student Government.
October 17, 2003—With the major planning, design, and testing by broadcast engineer Walt Alliss, with additional work by Department of Communication Studies engineer Ken Paschke, ITS and the Physical Plant, and a group of students including new General Manager Kevin Hamilton, KULT-LP 94.5 FM goes on the air, months in advance of the construction permit expiration. KULT is the first LPFM on the air in Iowa, and serves as a community station for UNI students and the surrounding community. Its 100-watt signal contour carries from an antenna on top of Schindler Hall to cover Cedar Falls, north to Janesville, south to Hudson, east to Waterloo/Crossroads, and west to Dike.
2009—KULT launches its new website and starts online streaming of the broadcasts.