The state's three public radio stations would be consolidated to create a single statewide public radio network under a plan endorsed by the Iowa State Board of Regents.
The plan, endorsed by the regents on Thursday, also would allow for the expansion of public radio into western Iowa.
Iowa State University President Gregory Geoffroy said the new system would provide better programs, less overlapping services and save money.
"You put all that together and it's a very, very strong plan," Geoffroy said.
The three existing Regents radio stations, WOI Group at Iowa State, WSUI/KSUI at Iowa, and KUNI/KHKE at Northern Iowa, all operate independently. In recent years the stations have increasingly competed for listeners and donations.
Under direction of the Regents, a national search will soon begin to hire an executive director to run the statewide network, to be known as Iowa Public Radio.
By combining the stations, the Regents hope to expand coverage to western Iowa, which is underserved, while reducing money from the state and university foundations by $300,000.
Joan Kjaer, general manager at KSUI/WSUI, supported the decision.