CityWaseca, Minnesota
Broadcast areaSouth Central Minnesota
Frequency1170 kHz
BrandingFox News Radio 1170/106.3
FormatTalk radio
AffiliationsFox News Radio
Salem Radio Network
Westwood One
OwnerLinder Radio Group
(Main Street Broadcasting, Inc.)
First air date
December 22, 1971; 50 years ago (1971-12-22) (as KOWO)
Former call signs
KOWO (1971–2003)
KOWZ (2003–2012)
KRUE (2012–2015)
KOWZ (2015–2020)
Call sign meaning
Faribault, and OWatonna
Technical information
Facility ID70931
Power2,500 watts (days)
1,000 watts (critical hours)
5 watts (nights)
Transmitter coordinates
44°02′45″N 93°23′08″W / 44.04583°N 93.38556°W / 44.04583; -93.38556Coordinates: 44°02′45″N 93°23′08″W / 44.04583°N 93.38556°W / 44.04583; -93.38556
Translator(s)106.3 K292GU (Waseca)
WebcastListen Live

KFOW (1170 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station licensed to Waseca, Minnesota and serving South Central Minnesota. The station is owned by the Linder Radio Group and broadcasts a talk radio format. The radio studios and offices are on Cedardale Drive in Owatonna, Minnesota.

By day, KFOW is powered at 2,500 watts non-directional. But because 1170 AM is a clear channel frequency reserved for Class A KTSB Tulsa, Oklahoma, and WWVA Wheeling, West Virginia, KFOW must reduce power at night to only five watts to avoid interference. During critical hours, the station is powered at 1,000 watts.[1] Programming is also heard on 250 watt FM translator K292GU at 106.3 MHz.[2]


KFOW largely broadcasts nationally syndicated conservative talk shows. Weekdays begin with Hugh Hewitt, followed by Brian Kilmeade, Ben Shapiro, Dave Ramsey, Dan Bongino, "Our American Stories with Lee Habeeb" and "Red Eye Radio." Local news and agriculture reports are featured during the day with local high school sports on some evenings.

On weekends, the schedule features shows on money, health, real estate, home repair, the military, guns, barbecuing, wine, farming, the outdoors, pets, travel and old time radio shows, as well as repeats of weekday shows and NASCAR racing. Most hours begin with national news from Fox News Radio.


On December 22, 1971; 50 years ago (1971-12-22), the station signed on the air as KOWO. Originally it was a daytimer, powered at 1,000 watts and required to go off the air at night. In later years, it increased its power and added limited nighttime service.

On October 7, 2020, KFOW dropped its classic hits format and began stunting with "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport" by Rolf Harris, a common practice on stations owned by Linder switching formats.[3][4]

On October 12, 2020, KFOW debuted a new talk radio format. The station affiliated with Fox News Radio.[5][6]


  1. ^ Radio-Locator.com/KFOW
  2. ^ Radio-Locator.com/K292GU
  3. ^ KFOW Ties Its Train Down Sport Radioinsight - October 8, 2020
  4. ^ Keith, Thelen (October 7, 2020). "KFOW Waseca. (When the Kangaroo Song starts, a new format can't be far behind...)". Twitter. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  5. ^ "News Talk 1170 KFOW - Waseca, Owatonna, Faribault, Blooming Prairie". newstalk1170.com. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  6. ^ "Owatonna Station Drops Classic Hits for Conservative Talk – Upper Midwest Broadcasting". Retrieved October 12, 2020.