, also known as Life 96.5, is a Christian radio station
located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
owned and operated by Northwestern College
, a Christian college in St. Paul, Minnesota
. KNWC-FM concentrates on contemporary Christian music
(CCM), although Christian talk
is played each weekday evening. Life 96.5 is the official radio station of LifeLight Festival
The mission of KNWC-FM is to "lead people to Christ and nurture believers in their spiritual growth through Christ-centered media."
Life 96.5 is also rebroadcasted on several translators throughout the area (see table at right). KNWC-FM broadcasts live via the internet, as well.
Souled Out Radio
On Life 96.5 FM, Souled Out Radio airs from 7:00 PM to midnight Central time
on Sunday evenings. It focuses more on teenagers
, playing mostly alternative Christian rock
2007 FM Transmitter Failure
On Wednesday, January 24
, KNWC's main FM transmitter
, which had been in service since 1983, failed.
New parts were ordered so that the transmitter could serve as a backup in the future, as there was no backup main transmitter. This forced the purchase of a new transmitter. On Thursday, February 8
, 2007, Life 96.5 was back up to full power, operating on the original (1983) transmitter; the new, permanent transmitter would be installed at a later date.
On Tuesday, March 6, 2007, the transmitter was again down. The new transmitter was installed on Thursday, March 8, 2007, but ice on the tower from a blizzard fell on the antenna, which resulted in more damage. That forced KNWC to operate at low power on a backup antenna until the problem could be corrected. In late March 2007, KNWC was operating at higher, but still reduced, power. KNWC announced that the new antenna would be installed in May 2007, and Life 96.5 would operate on reduced power until then. After a long summer at reduced power due to circumstances beyond control, station manager Jeff Rupp announced KNWC was back to full power on Friday, August 31, 2007.