In the words of the current KWLC student station manager, “For those of you who are unfamiliar with the little basement that rocks, let me give you the quick rundown. KWLC is Luther’s very own student-run commercial-free radio station. We pick the music, we go on-air, spin the tunes, and reap the benefits! College radio plays a super important role in the crazy music industry. Most artists don’t make the immediate leap to Top 40 commercial radio, and many of today’s favorite artists likely made their way up the radio ranks through stations like ours across the nation.”

KWLC is one of the oldest continuously operating college radio stations in the country, signing on December 18, 1926 when then-president of Luther Oscar L. Olson read the Gettysburg Address. KWLC now broadcasts seven days a week as a time-share station, sharing our frequency and hours with local commercial station KDEC-AM.

Our programming reflects the larger mission of the college, providing music and information programs dedicated to promoting the liberal arts. From jazz to rock to world to classical music, from sports to religious worship services to all-college events, KWLC serves a variety of audiences on campus, in Decorah, and beyond. Give us a listen!

Listen to KWLC Live

If you are in the greater Decorah area, you can listen to KWLC by tuning your radio to 1240 AM between the hours of 10 p.m.-12:00 a.m. on weeknights, 4 p.m-12:00 a.m. on Saturdays, and 7 p.m.-12:00 a.m. on Sundays OR tune in to our livestream broadcast on Tune-in, Simple Radio, or Shoutcast!

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Monday through Friday from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Saturday from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Sunday from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Monday through Friday from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Sunday from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m.

KWLC radio can best be described as what would happen if John Lennon, John Coltrane, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters, Radiohead, and Mozart all came together to form an unstoppable super group. Owned and operated by Luther College and run largely by trained student staff, we are heard both on-air at 1240 AM and streamed online through our very own KWLC website.

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Asher Smith
General Manager of KWLC
Office: Dahl Centennial Union LL4
Phone: 563-387-1079

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Rachel Van Fleet
Station Manager

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Shayla Cauldwell
Program Director

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Sophia Kouay
Music Director

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Skylar Janovsky
Classical/Jazz Music Director

Riley Marble
Music Director

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Nick Greseth
Social Media Director

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Maya Grocholski
Music Journalism Director

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Alfred Cobbinah
Sports Board/Sunday Morning Board Operator

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Micah Miller
Recording Studio Director

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Evan Berth
Recording Studio Technician

Alex Wagner
Norse News Director/Music Librarian

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Jack Kates
Norse News Reporter


Dahl Centennial Union 8
700 College Drive
Decorah, Iowa 52101

Phone: 563-387-1240