Winona’s AM radio stations going FM


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.

General manager Matt Senne explained, “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 like AM stations such as KAGE do. This will allow residents of Winona to tune in where they may not have been able to pick up these stations before. Having our heritage radio stations that broadcast such high amounts of local programming enhances Leighton Broadcasting’s mission to serve, connect, and celebrate our community.

KWNO 1230 AM 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, such as “The Laura Ingrahm Show,” “Rush Limbaugh,” “Garage Logic,” and “The Dave Ramsey Show.” KWNO carries Minnesota Twins games, as well as the Timberwolves, Minnesota Wild, and local high school football and basketball games. The weekly service of Cathedral Of The Sacred Heart airs on KWNO on each Sunday at 9 a.m. You can now tune in to 98.7 FM for this programming, as well as on AM 1230. KWNO also streams online at

KAGE 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,” on weekday mornings from 10-10:30, and the one-hour “Winona Deals Shopping Show,” which offers discount certificates to area businesses on 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 is a local employee-owned marketing company, with radio stations in St. Cloud, Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Perham, and Winona, Minn., as well as Grand Forks, N.D. The company purchased Winona’s five radio stations in July 2015.


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