WWD2014 – A Huge Success!

Pulse 99.5FM listeners came together this week for the Winter Warmth Drive “Fill The Truck” event… and boy, did we ever!


We collected thousands of items over a 48-hour period. Coats, boots, snow pants, hats, scarves and more… and it will all be distributed to students in need right here in central Iowa to help them keep warm this winter.


Thank you for your generosity. The Pulse family of givers is a truly remarkable one – we’re so grateful to be able to partner with you!


Thanks again to Chick-fil-A, Two Men & A Truck, Vital Signs Display Graphics and Valley Community Center for their sponsorship and support of this great mission. The Winter Warmth Drive continues to grow each year, working with local schools and on location to collect items, and redistributing them through over two dozen schools and non-profit organizations. Together, we’re taking care of our neighbors. Thank you!


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    Need You Now – A Story of Hope by Plumb

    plumbPulse 99.5 artist, Plumb (Tiffany Lee), recently released her autobiography, Need You Now – A Story of Hope. I knew her life story was going to be a compelling one as she has publicly spoken about the dissolving and renewal of her marriage. For those of you who attended Winter Jam last year, you may recall her being open about her marital struggles as she spoke during her performance.

    This book chronicles Plumb’s musical beginnings starting with her childhood in Indianapolis, Indiana where she sang at church with her parents, to her start in the music business as a back-up singer, and finally with the trials and successes of being a solo artist.

    The behind-the-scenes look at the music industry is interesting, but the heart of Plumb’s story is her recounting of her struggling marriage and hectic family life. Plumb writes about her relationships with transparency and honesty. As her marriage crumbles, her sadness and desperation to reconcile with her husband is heart-breaking.

    As she finds herself in the darkest time of her life, she writes about the importance of listening to Christian music, and specifically about Christian radio. “I had Christian radio on 24/7 in every room in the house. I played it in the car. I played it while I was in the shower. I left it on at night. Still do. I wanted those truths seeping into my bones, filling the air of my home, and chasing away the fear and doubt that hovered in the wings of my mind.”

    Ultimately, Plumb’s life story is one of hope. Through her words we witness God’s power to heal relationships and hearts. We feel God draw near when we are hurting. We remember that with God there is always hope.



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      Fall CityStops – Trunk-Or-Treats, Corn Mazes and Youth Nights

      This fall has been an excellent one for CityStops! We’ve been out to so many fun events and a few of them include Trunk-Or-Treats in the area. These events are a blast because they are a safe and fun way to celebrate Halloween in a church and family setting. Cars gather around church parking lots and decorate their trunks with different themes and hand out candy to each of the kids that stop by. Over the past couple of weekends I was able to stop out to West Des Moines Christian Church and Westkirk Presbyterian Church in Urbandale for their Trunk-Or-Treat events. We are very blessed that each of them allowed us to join in the fun!

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      We’ve also had the opportunity to speak to youth at a few indoor events this fall, including Single Parent Night at Valley Community Center and Grace Fellowship’s Youth Lock-In just this past weekend. It was great talking to the kids with Grace Fellowship. The lock-in was at their new location on the east side of Des Moines. This location is in a rough area of town so it was an awesome opportunity to bring positive music to a community that needs it. About half of the kids at the lock-in were passionate Pulse listeners and the other half had never heard of us before but were extremely excited about the new music options made available to them by our station.



      This past weekend was also the last that North River Corn Maze was open for the year. It’s been awesome getting to stop out multiple times this fall for youth groups. We’re excited to stop out again next year!

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        WinterJam 2015

        It’s back, and it’s bigger than ever, with AWESOME Pulse 99.5FM artists again this year!
        WinterJam 2015, coming to Wells Fargo Arena on January 23rd.
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          CityStop Update – Education Talks!

          Fall and the cool weather often means that our CityStops end up inside, but have no fear! They are just as awesome…

          Last Friday I teamed up with Single Parent Night at Valley Community Center for a great opportunity to speak to kids about the importance of music decisions. Because the event was hosted inside, I was able to set up in a room and talk for 10 minutes to 3 separate age groups about the mission of our station and what it means to listen to good, wholesome music that relates to them and grows them. I was able to speak to 12 year-olds all the way down to 3 year-olds and the best part was, the littlest guys loved it too!

          We are passionate about educating our community and our youth about music. If you have a group of kids you’d like to share our mission with, I’d love to stop buy and talk to them! Sign up today by filling out a CityStop form HERE!


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            Change A Life

            WinterWarmthDriveSliderJoin with Pulse 99.5FM in making a difference this Fall as we partner with some great organizations to support kids in need! We’re teaming up with the Winter Warmth Drive for our Fill the Truck event on November 4/5. Students all over central Iowa are collecting gently used winter gear (coats, hats, boots, etc.) and redistributing them to students who need them, right in their own neighborhoods. If you aren’t already giving through a local school, we invite you to help us “fill the truck” at Chick-Fil-A on Mills Civic. Drop off an item (or three!), and pop inside to try the new 8-piece grilled nuggets, on the house when you make your donation.

            operation_christmas_childIt’s time to begin filling a shoebox to support children all over the world through Operation Christmas Child! You pack items for a boy or girl in a regular shoebox, and Samaritan’s Purse delivers it somewhere in the world to a child in need! National collection week is November 17-24. Want to know what to pack in your shoebox? For a list of local drop-off sites, click here.

            Dec__31_CalendarLast, but not least, please remember Pulse 99.5FM in your year-end giving. We rely on your gifts to reach thousands of listeners each year with a message of truth through music. Your gifts help change lives (and are tax-deductible!). Thank you for your support as we launch into another year on the air in Des Moines and central Iowa!

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              We are now featuring OWL CITY!

              You may have heard some of his stuff before, some of his songs include “Vanilla Twilight” and “Fireflies,” but Adam Young of Owl City is on to something new… We recently (today in fact) added a one of his songs to our playlist, a collaboration with Britt Nicole called “You’re Not Alone.”

              We’re super excited to add Owl City on board to our list of talented musicians. It’s refreshing and exciting to see an artist who has a name in mainstream music to share a message of hope with our radio audience. Check out his this new song by listening on air OR visit out Top 20 page and link to iTunes!


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