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02/08/2022

KXEL RADIO MARKS ANNIVERSARY WITH LAUNCH OF FM SIGNAL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tue. Feb. 08, 2022

CONTACT: Jeff Stein, KXEL Radio

jeff@kxel.com / (319) 423-5864

KXEL RADIO MARKS ANNIVERSARY WITH LAUNCH OF FM SIGNAL

To kick off its 80th anniversary year, News/Talk 1540 KXEL has launched a simulcast of its AM radio signal on a new FM translator.

Available in the Cedar Valley of Iowa at FM 100.5, the simulcast began on Dec. 31, 2021 and mirrors the programming heard throughout the state on AM 1540.

KXEL-AM went on the air on Jul. 14, 1942 as the first station in the U.S. to begin broadcasting with the maximum 50,000-watt clear channel signal. As a result, listeners can hear KXEL-AM across the United States and parts of Canada at night and early morning.

"This is a logical extension of our company-wide commitment to great local radio," Allyson Hillman, NRG Media Market Manager said. "Reaching our audience on their terms—AM radio, FM radio, on the KXEL app, or online at kxel.com—is vital in serving the public."

KXEL features five hours of locally-originated programming weekday mornings, with the “KXEL Morning News” with Tim Harwood airing from 6-8 a.m., and “KXEL Live & Local” with Jeff Stein airing from 8-11 a.m.

The station also serves as the flagship for UNI athletics broadcasts, and features national programming from Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Jim Bohannon, Todd Starnes, and Glenn Beck. News/Talk 1540 KXEL is “Where Iowa Comes To Talk.”

“This is truly the best of both worlds,” Stein, KXEL’s news and program director, said. “We have the wide geographic distance that the KXEL-AM signal reaches, while at the same time providing the Cedar Valley with an always-clear FM signal.”

Other events and activities marking KXEL’s 80th anniversary will be held throughout the year.

Listeners are encouraged to report how far the FM signal is reaching by sending email to kxel@kxel.com, or via text to (319) 235-1540.

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