Quad Cities Catholic Radio’s new 98-foot tower in cross shape to be blessed May 20

KTJT-LP's new radio tower is seen with Sacred Heart Cathedral of Davenport in the background. (Provided photo)

DAVENPORT, Iowa — A 98-foot broadcast tower in the shape of a cross has been erected on property just east of Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport.

The tower will serve KTJT-LP, Quad Cities Catholic Radio. It will be blessed by Davenport Bishop Thomas Zinkula following a 5:30 p.m. Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Friday, May 20. The event is open to the public.

KTJT-LP (103.1 FM) is a low-power affiliate of Relevant Radio. The station invested about $86,000 in the tower to address ongoing interruptions in the station’s signal. The cross at the top of the tower — which can be seen from the Illinois side of the Mississippi River — houses the transmitter that sends the station’s signal to a repeater on Eastern Iowa Community College’s campus.

The final work was done on Holy Thursday, April 14.

While the expense emptied the station’s non-profit bank account, “the Lord told me we shouldn’t wait,” said Brian Poert, founder of KTJT. “We know He’s got our back.”

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