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KWOF-FM logo.png
City of license Waterloo, Iowa
Branding The Spirit
Frequency 850 kHz
Format Silent
Power 500 watts (daytime only)
Class D
Facility ID 37446
Transmitter coordinates 42°28′56″N 92°16′16″W / 42.48222°N 92.27111°W / 42.48222; -92.27111
Callsign meaning EXtreme Grace Media
Former callsigns KQQI (1984-1985)
KLEU (1985)
KWOF (1985-2008)
KXGM (2008-2011)
Owner Extreme Grace Media

KXGM (850 AM) is a silent radio station that served the Waterloo, Iowa, area. The not-for-profit station broadcast a simulcast of KXGM-FM's Christian Contemporary music format during daytime hours only. KXGM was owned by Extreme Grace Media.

The station's antenna system uses three towers arranged in a directional array that concentrates the signal toward the northwest. According to the Antenna Structure Registration database, each of the towers is 88.4 m (290 ft) tall.[1] The transmitter site is located in east Waterloo on Osage Road.


On December 31, 1984 the station was assigned the callsign KQQI. Its callsign was changed to KLEU on April 23, 1985. On July 18, 1985 the station's call callsign was changed to KWOF.

In August 1985, the station was transferred from KLEU, Inc., to Michael Facciani Ministries, Inc.[2]

In May 1990, the station was transferred from Melene Facciani to Debra B. Smith.[3]

In April 1995, the station was transferred from Life Unlimited Communications, Inc., to Friendship Communications, Inc.[4]

From 1997 until October 2006, the station aired a Christian Contemporary music format branded as "The Spirit" under the callsign KWOF.[5] On October 20, 2006, the station flipped to a "legendary Christian rock" format featuring artists from the 1970s through the mid-1990s. The format was branded as "The Prodigal." This date also marked the end of simulcasting Christian Contemporary music programming from sister station KWOF-FM.[6]

In March 2008, Extreme Grace Media (Chris Behmlander, president) reached an agreement to purchase KWOF and KWOF-FM from Friendship Communications (Michael Facciani, president) for a reported sale price of $160,000.[7] The transfer was approved by the FCC on April 23, 2008 and the deal was consummated on July 18, 2008.[8]

On August 8, 2008 the station's call letters were changed to KXGM (reflecting its new ownership) and began simulcasting KXGM-FM programming.

The station's license was cancelled on July 28, 2011.[9]


  1. ^ "FCC Antenna Structure Registration database". 
  2. ^ "Application Search Details (BAL-19850430FK)". Federal Communications Commission. 
  3. ^ "Application Search Details (BTC-19900108EA)". Federal Communications Commission. 
  4. ^ "Application Search Details (BAL-19941227EA)". Federal Communications Commission. 
  5. ^ Holm, Kelsey (2006-12-06). "KWOF Radio 850 changes format". The Waterloo Courier. On Oct. 20, KWOF, which had been a simulcast station of The New 89.1 The Spirit, changed its format from contemporary Christian music to legendary Christian rock, said President Michael James. The AM station, dubbed The Prodigal, revisits the glory days of Christian rock radio from the 1970s to mid-'90s, playing artists such as Petra, White Heart, DeGarmo & Key, Keith Green and Larry Norman. 
  6. ^ Mracek, Karen (2006-08-16). "Radio station in Hiawatha, Iowa, moves closer to core audience". Cedar Rapid Gazette. What started as KWOF, a AM radio station in Waterloo in 1997, is now also an FM broadcasting station in Hiawatha. The Spirit added the FM station in July 2001, but moved to the Corridor earlier this year to be closer to its biggest audience. 
  7. ^ "Deals". Broadcasting & Cable. 2008-03-24. 
  8. ^ "Application Search Details (BAL-20080310ADE)". Federal Communications Commission. 
  9. ^ "Station Search Details (Facility ID 37446)". Federal Communications Commission. 

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