Winona’s longest-running radio stations are going to the FM dial.
Leighton Broadcasting has installed FM translators to its two AM stations to increase their reach in the community.
“An FM translator is beneficial to our listeners and clients because the FM signal will reach further, in particular because FM stations don’t have to switch to low power at night,” general manager Matt Senne said. “This will allow residents of Winona to tune in where they may not have been able to pick up these stations before.”
KWNO-AM 1230 was the first local radio station in Winona, signing on in 1938. KWNO has been dubbed “The Talk Of Winona” and features a local morning talk show called “In The Know” with host Greg Taylor, who interviews community members and local legislators, and shines the spotlight on area events, politics and charitable causes. KWNO also features popular syndicated talk programs each day and carries local high school games and Twins, Wild and Timberwolves broadcasts. The weekly service of Cathedral Of The Sacred Heart airs on KWNO each Sunday at 9 a.m.
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You can now hear KWNO programming on 98.7 FM as well as 1230 AM and online at kwnoradio.com.
KAGE-AM 1380 was Winona’s second radio station, first hitting the airwaves in 1957. The current format is “Real Country,” featuring a local morning show hosted by Jim Trotter, local news, and the Linder Farm Network, with the latest regional agricultural news and information.
KAGE is the longtime home of the sell and swap show, “Party Line” weekday mornings from 10-10:30 a.m., and the one-hour Winona Deals Shopping Show, which offers discount certificates to area businesses, weekdays at noon. Local high school football and basketball games are aired on KAGE, and on Sunday mornings you’ll hear a variety of local church services, including St. Martin’s and St. Matthews Lutheran Churches at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., respectively, and the monthly Homer Gospel Hour. With the addition of its new FM translator, you’ll now be able to hear KAGE on 101.5 FM, as well as on its AM signal.
Leighton Broadcasting purchased Winona’s five radio stations in 2015.