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City of license Burien, Washington
Broadcast area Seattle metropolitan area
Branding Christian Radio
Slogan Sound Christian Talk
Frequency 820 (kHz)
Format Christian Radio
Power 50,000 watts (day)
5,000 watts (night)
Class B
Facility ID 28819
Callsign meaning KinG (county) NorthWest
Owner Salem Communications
(Inspiration Media, Inc.)
Sister stations KNTS, KKOL, KKMO, KLFE
Webcast Listen Live

KGNW (820 AM) is a Christian radio station that operates in Seattle, Washington and is licensed to Burien, Washington having signed-on the air September 24, 1984 at 1150 AM (now KKNW) before moving to its current 820 AM dial position on January 1, 1987 thus replacing KQIN which first signed-on in 1970 at 800 AM before moving to 820 AM in 1986.

As KQIN[edit]

KQIN, owned and operated by John Mowbray, was launched in 1970 as a daytime-only operation at 800 AM with a Country-Western music format competing with KAYO (now KKNW), KETO (now KPLZ) & later KMPS. The station changed to an Beautiful Music format in 1977 competing with such FM B/EZ stations like KEUT (now KMPS), KEZX (now KLCK), KSEA (now KKWF) & KBRD (now KHTP) and also aired religious programs as well as old-time radio programs. The station changed to an Adult Contemporary music format in 1983. In 1986, the station moved to 820 AM & increased power to 50 kW Daytime & 5 kW Nighttime. Today, the KQIN calls belong to a PBS affiliated member station of Iowa Public Television in Davenport, Iowa.


Most of KGNW's programming consists of paid sermons by various Christian groups. The focus is on family-oriented, Christian encouragement and preaching. Conservative Christian talk show hosts that agree with the stations viewpoint are also a part of the lineup.

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Coordinates: 47°26′00″N 122°28′02″W / 47.43333°N 122.46722°W / 47.43333; -122.46722