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KWOF-FM logo.png
KWOF-FM's logo
City Hiawatha, Iowa
Broadcast area Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Branding Air 1
Slogan "Positive Hits"
Frequency 89.1 MHz
First air date July 2002
Format Christian Contemporary
ERP 5800 watts
HAAT 122 meters (400 feet)
Class C3
Facility ID 85165
Transmitter coordinates 42°03′13″N 91°44′35″W / 42.05361°N 91.74306°W / 42.05361; -91.74306
Callsign meaning God's eXtreme Grace and Mercy
Former callsigns KWOF-FM (2002-2008)
KXGM-FM (2008-2015)
Affiliations Air 1
Owner Educational Media Foundation
Webcast Listen Live
Website http://www.air1.com/

KXGM (89.1 FM, "Air 1") is a radio station licensed to serve Hiawatha, Iowa, United States. The station is owned by Educational Media Foundation. It airs a Christian Contemporary music format.[1][2]

The station was assigned the KWOF-FM call letters by the Federal Communications Commission on July 17, 2002[3] and changed its call letters to KXGM-FM on August 8, 2008 to reflect the new ownership. The station changed to its current KXGM call sign on March 25, 2015.


On March 21, 2002, more than five years after first applying for the frequency in January 1997, Friendship Communications Inc. was awarded a construction permit for 89.1 FM over fellow applicants American Family Association and the University of Northern Iowa.[4] The station began broadcasting as a simulcast of KWOF in July 2002. KWOF-FM applied on July 11, 2002 for a license to cover and a waiver of the "main studio" rule that requires that a broadcaster maintain its main broadcast studio in its city of license.[5] This waiver request was denied and thus the license to cover request was also dismissed.[6] On May 17, 2004, Friendship Communications again applied for a license to cover and this was granted on July 7, 2004.[7]

In March 2008, Extreme Grace Media (Chris Behmlander, president) reached an agreement to purchase KWOF (AM) and KWOF-FM from Friendship Communications (Michael Facciani, president) for a reported sale price of $160,000.[8] The transfer was approved by the FCC on April 23, 2008 and the deal was consummated on July 18, 2008.[9] In June 2011, KXGM's license was transferred to Educational Media Foundation, and it began airing the Air 1 Christian CHR format.[10]


  1. ^ Mracek, Karen (2006-08-16). "Radio station in Hiawatha, Iowa, moves closer to core audience". Cedar Rapid Gazette. What started as KWOF, an AM radio station in Waterloo in 1997, is now also an FM broadcasting station in Hiawatha. The Spirit added the FM station in July 2002, but moved to the Corridor earlier this year to be closer to its biggest audience. 
  2. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Archived from the original on 2010-03-01. 
  3. ^ "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. 
  4. ^ Graham, Emily (2002-04-02). "Waterloo, Iowa, Radio Station to Extend Into Hiawatha, Cedar Rapids". Waterloo Courier. Friendship Communications Inc, the nonprofit owner of KWOF 850 AM Today's Christian Hits, was recently awarded a construction permit to place 89.1 FM on the air in Hiawatha. The FM frequency had been sought by Friendship Communications, The American Family Association of Tupelo, Miss., and KUNI at the University of Northern Iowa for the last six years. 
  5. ^ "FCC 302-FM Application for FM Broadcast Station License (BLED - 20020711AAC)". Federal Communications Commission. 
  6. ^ "Application Search Details (20020711ADA)". Federal Communications Commission. 
  7. ^ "FCC 302-FM Application for FM Broadcast Station License (BLED - 20040517ACR)". Federal Communications Commission. 
  8. ^ "Deals". Broadcasting & Cable. 2008-03-24. 
  9. ^ "Application Search Details (BAL-20080310ADE)". Federal Communications Commission. 
  10. ^ Changes Ahead 89.1 The Spirit. Accessed October 14, 2012

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