KXGM (850 AM) was a radio station that served the Waterloo, Iowa, area. The not-for-profit station broadcast a simulcast of KXGM-FM's Christian Contemporary music format during daytime hours only. KXGM was owned by Extreme Grace Media.

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Waterloo, Iowa
Frequency850 kHz
BrandingThe Spirit
OwnerExtreme Grace Media
First air date
October 31, 1972 (1972-10-31)
Last air date
December 19, 2009 (2009-12-19)
Former call signs
KLEU (1972–1984)
KQQI (1984–1985)
KLEU (1985)
KWOF (1985–2008)
KXGM (2008–2011)
Call sign meaning
EXtreme Grace Media
Technical information
Facility ID37446
Power500 watts (daytime only)
Transmitter coordinates
42°28′56″N 92°16′16″W / 42.48222°N 92.27111°W / 42.48222; -92.27111

The station's antenna system used three towers arranged in a directional array that concentrated the signal toward the northwest. According to the Antenna Structure Registration database, each of the towers was 88.4 m (290 ft) tall.[1] The transmitter site was located in east Waterloo on Osage Road.


The station signed on October 31, 1972[2] as KLEU.[3] On December 31, 1984, the station was assigned the callsign KQQI. Its callsign was changed back to KLEU on April 23, 1985. On July 18, 1985, the station's callsign was changed to KWOF.

In August 1985, the station was transferred from KLEU, Inc., to Michael Facciani Ministries, Inc.[4]

In May 1990, the station was transferred from Melene Facciani to Debra B. Smith.[5]

In April 1995, the station was transferred from Life Unlimited Communications, Inc., to Friendship Communications, Inc.[6]

From 1997 until October 2006, the station aired a Christian Contemporary music format branded as "The Spirit" under the callsign KWOF.[7] On October 20, 2006, the station flipped to a "legendary Christian rock" format featuring artists from the 1970s through the mid-1990s. The format was branded as "The Prodigal." This date also marked the end of simulcasting Christian Contemporary music programming from sister station KWOF-FM.[8]

In March 2008, Extreme Grace Media (Chris Behmlander, president) reached an agreement to purchase KWOF and KWOF-FM from Friendship Communications (Michael Facciani, president) for a reported sale price of $160,000.[9] The transfer was approved by the FCC on April 23, 2008, and the deal was consummated on July 18, 2008.[10]

On August 8, 2008, the station's call letters were changed to KXGM (reflecting its new ownership) and began simulcasting KXGM-FM programming.

KXGM went silent December 19, 2009 following the sale of the station's transmitter site.[11] The station did not return to the air within a year of going silent;[12] its license was cancelled on July 28, 2011.[13]


  1. ^ "FCC Antenna Structure Registration database".
  2. ^ "Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1999 (PDF). 1999. p. D-167. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  3. ^ "KLEU (DKXGM) FCC history cards" (PDF). CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
  4. ^ "Application Search Details (BAL-19850430FK)". Federal Communications Commission.
  5. ^ "Application Search Details (BTC-19900108EA)". Federal Communications Commission.
  6. ^ "Application Search Details (BAL-19941227EA)". Federal Communications Commission.
  7. ^ Holm, Kelsey (2006-12-06). "KWOF Radio 850 changes format". The Waterloo Courier. On Oct. 20, KWOF, which had been a simulcast station of The New 89.1 The Spirit, changed its format from contemporary Christian music to legendary Christian rock, said President Michael James. The AM station, dubbed The Prodigal, revisits the glory days of Christian rock radio from the 1970s to mid-'90s, playing artists such as Petra, White Heart, DeGarmo & Key, Keith Green and Larry Norman.
  8. ^ 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 2001, but moved to the Corridor earlier this year to be closer to its biggest audience.
  9. ^ "Deals". Broadcasting & Cable. March 20, 2008.
  10. ^ "Application Search Details (BAL-20080310ADE)". Federal Communications Commission.
  11. ^ "Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. December 18, 2009. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
  12. ^ Doyle, Peter H. (July 28, 2011). "In re: KXGM(AM), Waterloo, IA" (PDF). CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
  13. ^ "Station Search Details (Facility ID 37446)". Federal Communications Commission.

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