Frequency91.7 MHz
BrandingNorthern Community Radio
AffiliationsNPR, AMPERS
OwnerNorthern Community Radio
First air date
April 23, 1976[1]
Call sign meaning
KAXE "The Cutting Edge"
Technical information
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT140 meters (460 ft)
Translator(s)see below
Repeater(s)90.5 KBXE (Bagley)
WebcastListen Live

KAXE (91.7 FM) is a community licensed public radio station serving Northern Minnesota communities, including Grand Rapids, Brainerd, Bemidji, Virginia, Chisholm and Hibbing. The station airs locally produced news, talk, and music programming. It is a member of Ampers, a group of public radio stations in Minnesota that are not affiliated with Minnesota Public Radio. It is also a member of National Public Radio, and is the only full NPR member in the state that is not an MPR affiliate.

In May 2005, the station moved into a new, larger studio space on the Mississippi River in Grand Rapids (previously, the station had been based at Itasca Community College). There is an additional translators located in Brainerd (K210DR 89.9 FM).

As of March 2012, KAXE has a sister station, KBXE. Licensed to Bagley, KBXE's studios are at 305 America Ave NW in Bemidji. It broadcasts on a frequency of 90.5 and has a 50,000 watt transmitter. The broadcast tower is west of Bemidji, near Shevlin. KBXE is a fulltime satellite of KAXE.

KAXE Transmitters

Call sign/Frequency Location Power Class
KAXE 91.7 MHz Grand Rapids 100,000 watts C1
KBXE 90.5 MHz Bagley 50,000 watts C2
K210DR 89.9 MHz Brainerd 115 watts D

See also


  1. ^ "Northern Community Radio History". Internet Archive Wayback Machine. KAXE. February 1, 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-01-29. Retrieved February 15, 2019.

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