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City Osceola, Iowa
Broadcast area Des Moines, Iowa and surrounding area
Branding Life 107.1
Frequency 107.1 MHz FM
Translator(s) K264CD - 100.7 Des Moines
Repeater(s) KNWM - 96.1 Madrid
Format Contemporary Christian music
ERP 30,000 watts
Class C2
Callsign meaning NorthWestern Iowa
Owner Northwestern College
Webcast Listen Live!

KNWI, (107.1 FM, "Life 107.1") is a Contemporary Christian radio station in Des Moines, Iowa, that is owned and operated by University of Northwestern – St. Paul in Roseville, Minnesota. The station also simulcasts on KNWM at 96.1 FM in Madrid, Iowa,[1] and translator K264CD at 100.7 FM in downtown Des Moines.

Signal Upgrades[edit]

A recent post on "Upper Midwest Broadcasting" at

"IOWA: The University of Northwestern-St. Paul is proposing an upgrade to one of its Des Moines area signals and is simultaneously buying a western Iowa station that it would have to modify to allow the Des Moines upgrade.

"Life 107.1" (KNWI Osceola) has applied to upgrade to 100kW/299m (class C1) from a tower south of Winterset, improving the station's rimshot signal to Des Moines. The station has targeted Des Moines for decades, though the capital city is outside of the city-grade contour from its current 30kW/193m (class C2) facility.

To make way for KNWI's upgrade, KDSN-FM/107.1 (Denison) would move to 104.9 but keep its current 6kW facility.

Meanwhile, Northwestern subsidiary UNW Media Holdings LLC has reached an agreement to buy KDSN-FM and KDSN-AM/1530 from Mikadety Radio Corporation for $1.25 million. Mikadety is owned by Michael and Kathy Dudding, who have been with KDSN for 25 years. The stations carry a large amount of local news and farm information, with a mix of Adult Contemporary and Classic Rock on FM and Country and Polka on AM. They deliver the only city-grade signals to Denison. In September 2018, UNW Media divested the station to JC Van Ginkel, James Field, & Rodney Christensen’s Crawford County Broadcasting for $1.15 million.[2]


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  2. ^ "Station Sales Week Of 9/7: KDSN Gets Divested Soon After Its Acquisition - RadioInsight". RadioInsight. 2018-09-07. Retrieved 2018-09-07.

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Coordinates: 41°01′34″N 93°51′43″W / 41.026°N 93.862°W / 41.026; -93.862