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City 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
Former callsigns KQIN (1970-1986)
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 a Beautiful Music format in 1977 competing with such FM B/EZ stations like KEUT (now KMPS), KEZX (now KVRQ), 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