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City of license Waterloo, Iowa
Broadcast area Waterloo/Cedar Rapids
Branding KXEL News/Talk 1540
Slogan "Iowa's News & Talk Station."
Frequency 1540 kHz
First air date July 14, 1942
Format News/Talk
Power 50,000 Watts
Class A (clear channel)
Callsign meaning EXcEL
Affiliations ABC News
UNI Sports Network
Owner Bahakel Communications
(KXEL Broadcasting Company, Inc.)
Sister stations KFMW, KOKZ, KWLO

KXEL (branded as News/Talk 1540) is a Class A (clear channel) AM radio station serving the Waterloo/Cedar Rapids metropolitan area with a News/Talk format. It broadcasts on AM frequency 1540 kHz and is under ownership of Bahakel Communications. KXEL is also the flagship station of the University of Northern Iowa Sports Network.



KXEL was first created by Don E. Kassner, who worked for Joe Dumond. This station began their broadcasts on July 14, 1942 and was the first radio facility in the United States to be granted 50,000 watts of power with its original license. It began airing ABC programming from pop hits of the 1940s (the Big Band era). KXEL also featured country music programming before switching to its current news/talk format. Dumond later sold KXEL to career broadcaster Egmont Sonderling, then on November 9, 1958, Sonderling signed the papers transferring KXEL's license to Cy N. Bahakel.

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