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Saturday is KXEL Day in Cedar Rapids
Mayor recognizes station's 75th anniversary
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Saturday, July 15 has been designated "News/Talk 1540 KXEL Day" in the City of Cedar Rapids.

Mayor Ron Corbett signed the proclamation to recognize KXEL's 75th anniversary. KXEL was the first radio station in the United States to begin broadcasting with a maximum 50,000-watt, clear channel signal when it first took to the air on July 15, 1942.

In the proclamation, Corbett noted the station's dedication to news and public affairs programming serving all of Eastern Iowa, ranging from coverage of World War II to last year's Cedar River flooding.

You can read the full proclamation below.

A special edition of KXEL Classic Radio Matinee will air Saturday at noon, including some of the shows which aired on that first day on the air 75 years ago.

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS News/Talk 1540 KXEL went on the air as the first radio station in the United States to begin broadcasting with a maximum 50,000-watt, clear channel signal; and

WHEREAS from its inception, KXEL has served Eastern Iowa with important news and information, ranging from coverage of World War II in its first days on the air, to the impactful Cedar River flooding last September; and

WHEREAS KXEL has served to unify all of Eastern Iowa with a focus on programming designed to be as relevant to citizens in large cities as well as rural areas; and

WHEREAS Cedar Rapidians turn to KXEL for live broadcasts of national programs such as the Rush Limbaugh and Jim Bohannon shows; and

WHEREAS KXEL is a part of Cedar Rapids through not only its broadcasts, but location of its corporate office in the city; and

WHEREAS the station continues its tradition of excellence today through award-winning news, weather, sports, and political programming;

THEREFORE I, Ron J. Corbett, do hereby declare July 15, 2017 as NEWS/TALK 1540 KXEL DAY in the City of Cedar Rapids.

DATED this 20th day of June, 2017, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

  • KXEL News is your source for local news in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area. KXEL is the voice of the Cedar Valley.

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