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City St. Cloud, Minnesota
Branding NewsTalk 1450 KNSI
Slogan The Talk of St. Cloud
Frequency 1450 kHz
Translator(s) 103.3 K277BS (St. Cloud)
First air date 1920s (as WFAM)[1]
Format News/Talk
Power 1,000 watts day and night
Class C
Facility ID 37002
Callsign meaning K News Sports Information
Former callsigns

WFAM (1920s-1948)

KFAM (1948-1981)
KNSI (1981-1988)
KCLD (1988-1990)
Owner Leighton Broadcasting
Sister stations KCLD-FM, KCML, KZPK
Webcast Listen Live

KNSI (1450 AM/103.3 FM) is a commercial radio station based in St. Cloud, Minnesota. It is owned by Leighton Broadcasting, which also owns KCLD.


KNSI has a variety of news and talk programming dealing with news, current events, politics, sports, and more. Its signature live and local show is Ox In The Afternoon which airs weekday afternoons from 2-5 PM. KNSI also airs many syndicated talk show hosts such as Rush Limbaugh and Dave Ramsey.

In the summer of 2006 it was announced that KNSI would become the broadcast station of SCSU football and men's and women's basketball while continuing the broadcasting of men's hockey beginning with the 2006-2007 seasons. In 2014, the station announced that Husky Hockey coverage would move to sister station KCML for the 2014-15 season while KNSI broadcasts men's and women's basketball.[2]

The station carried the KCLD call sign from 1975 to 1990. The station is rebroadcast on translator K277BS (103.3 FM).


The station began broadcasting as WFAM in the 1920s and later KFAM, which was owned by the St. Cloud Daily Times.[3] It and sister station KFAM-FM were sold to Alvar Leighton in 1975.[4]


  1. ^ Early Radio History 1922
  2. ^ "St. Cloud State Athletics Radio Coverage Changes for 2014-15". August 8, 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-26. 
  3. ^ "KFAM-FM Is Launched; Duplicates KFAM Shows" (PDF). Broadcasting. November 8, 1948. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Lindblad, Sister Owen (October 1987). "On the Air: The 'Voice of Central Minnesota'" (PDF). Escape to the Minnesota Good Times. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 

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Coordinates: 45°32′21″N 94°10′05″W / 45.53917°N 94.16806°W / 45.53917; -94.16806