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KNWC-FM station logo.gif
City Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Branding Life 96.5
Frequency 96.5 (MHz)
Format Contemporary Christian music / Christian Talk and Teaching
ERP 100,000 watts FM
HAAT 488 meters (1,601 ft)
Class C
Transmitter coordinates 43°31′07″N 96°32′05″W / 43.51861°N 96.53472°W / 43.51861; -96.53472
Callsign meaning NorthWestern College
Affiliations Northwestern Media
Owner University of Northwestern – St. Paul
Sister stations Faith Radio
Webcast Listen live

KNWC-FM, also known as Life 96.5, is a Christian radio station located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota owned and operated by University of Northwestern – St. Paul, a Christian college in St. Paul, Minnesota.[1] KNWC-FM concentrates on contemporary Christian music, although Christian talk programs are carried as well.[2] Life 96.5 is the official radio station of LifeLight Festival.

2007 FM Transmitter Failure[edit]

On Wednesday, January 24, 2007, KNWC-FM's main transmitter, which had been in service since 1983, failed.[3] New parts were ordered so that the transmitter could serve as a backup in the future, as there was no backup main transmitter. This forced the purchase of a new transmitter. On Thursday, February 8, 2007, Life 96.5 was back up to full power, operating on the original transmitter; the new, permanent transmitter would be installed at a later date.

On Tuesday, March 6, 2007, the transmitter was again down. The new transmitter was installed on Thursday, March 8, 2007, but ice on the tower from a blizzard fell on the antenna, which resulted in more damage. That forced KNWC-FM to operate at low power on a backup antenna until the problem could be corrected. In late March 2007, KNWC-FM was operating at higher, but still reduced, power. KNWC-FM announced that the new antenna would be installed in May 2007, and Life 96.5 would operate on reduced power until then.[4] After a long summer at reduced power due to circumstances beyond control, station manager Jeff Rupp announced KNWC-FM was back to full power on Friday, August 31, 2007.[5]

2013 Antenna Failure[edit]

In May 2013 a ice storm "took out" KNWC-FM(Life 96.5)'s Antenna, They Went To A Lower ERP.


Broadcast translators of KNWC-FM
Call sign Frequency
City of license Class FCC info
K227AN 93.3 MHz Marshall, Minnesota D FCC
K229BK 93.7 MHz North Sioux City, South Dakota D FCC
K231AR 94.1 MHz Mitchell, South Dakota D FCC


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