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CityOsceola, Iowa
Broadcast areaDes Moines metropolitan area
BrandingLife 107.1
Frequency107.1 MHz FM
Translator(s)K264CD - 100.7 Des Moines
Repeater(s)KNWM - 96.1 Madrid
First air dateOctober 1, 1982
FormatContemporary Christian music
ERP30,000 watts
HAAT193 meters (633 ft)
Callsign meaningNorthWestern Iowa
OwnerUniversity of Northwestern – St. Paul
WebcastListen Live

KNWI, (107.1 FM, "Life 107.1") is a Contemporary Christian radio station, licensed to Osceola, Iowa and serving the Des Moines metropolitan area. It is owned and operated by University of Northwestern – St. Paul in Roseville, Minnesota, a religious university which owns a chain of radio stations around the U.S. KNWI also simulcasts on KNWM at 96.1 FM in Madrid, Iowa,[1] and translator station K264CD at 100.7 FM in downtown Des Moines.


The station first signed on the air on October 1, 1982.[2] The call sign was KJJC and the station played country music. It was owned by J. B. Broadcasting, Inc. and it was only powered at 3,000 watts, unable to be heard in the larger Des Moines radio market.

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/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.[3]


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  2. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1983 page B-90
  3. ^ "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