KGNW 820AMTheWord logo.png
Broadcast areaSeattle metropolitan area
Frequency820 kHz (HD Radio)
Branding820 AM The Word
FormatChristian radio
First air date
1970 (as KQIN at 800)
Former call signs
KQIN (1970[1] -1986)[2]
Former frequencies
800 kHz (1970-1986)
Call sign meaning
KinG (county) NorthWest
Technical information
Facility ID28819
Power50,000 watts (day)
5,000 watts (night)
WebcastListen Live

KGNW (820 AM) is a Christian radio station that operates in Seattle, Washington and is licensed to Burien, Washington having signed-on the air September 24, 1984 at 1150 AM (now KKNW) before moving to its current 820 AM dial position on January 1, 1987 thus replacing KQIN which first signed-on in 1970 at 800 AM before moving to 820 AM in 1986.

KGNW does broadcast in the HD Radio format.[3]


KQIN, owned and operated by John Mowbray, was launched in 1970 as a daytime-only operation at 800 AM with a Country-Western music format competing with KAYO (now KKNW), KETO (now KPLZ) & later KMPS (now KSWD). The station changed to a Beautiful Music format in 1977 competing with such FM B/EZ stations like KEUT (now KSWD), KEZX (now KNUC), KSEA (now KKWF) & KBRD (now KHTP) and also aired religious programs as well as old-time radio programs. The station changed to an Adult Contemporary music format in 1983. In 1986, the station moved to 820 AM & increased power to 50 kW Daytime & 5 kW Nighttime. Today, the KQIN calls belong to a PBS affiliated member station of Iowa Public Television in Davenport, Iowa.


Most of KGNW's programming consists of paid sermons by various Christian groups. The focus is on family-oriented, Christian encouragement and preaching. Conservative Christian talk show hosts that agree with the stations viewpoint are also a part of the lineup.


  1. ^ History Cards for KGNW, Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  2. ^ Call Sign History, Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  3. ^ FCC station search details

Coordinates: 47°26′00″N 122°28′02″W / 47.43333°N 122.46722°W / 47.43333; -122.46722