History

WUKY's Mission

WUKY is a community-supported service of the University of Kentucky which provides high-quality news, cultural and entertainment content through the use of existing and emerging media to create a more informed and engaged community.

Updated January 2014

WUKY has adopted the Public Media Code of Integrity.

History

Well, we're old. The University of Kentucky began experimenting with radio as early as 1921 with station 9YC. By 1929 radio production on campus was in full swing, including a series of shows for “farmers & housewives across Kentucky” produced by the College of Agriculture and aired on WHAS in Louisville. In 1939 radio studios were built in McVey Hall, where the station still resides (though not for long; stay tuned for more news on that front). The programs produced there could now be heard on six Kentucky stations, including Lexington’s WLAP.

Then, on October 17, 1940 at 7:30 pm, history was made when WBKY went on the air for the first time from Beattyville KY. Our state-of-the-art 100 watt transmitter made WBKY the nation’s first university-owned non-commercial educational radio station. WBKY relocated to Lexington in 1945, at which time we began broadcasting on the brand new FM band. We changed our call letters to WUKY in 1989 to better reflect our connection to the University of Kentucky.

WUKY helped create National Public Radio and was one of the first stations to broadcast NPR's All Things Considered when it debuted in 1971. In 2007, we became the first Lexington radio station to broadcast in HD – high definition digital radio. Today we offer three distinct program services via HD, WUKY.org, and our free phone iPhone and Android apps. Our main channel (aka HD-1) consists of an eclectic schedule of NPR and award-winning local news, Rock & Roots music, humor, and much more. HD-2 is a 24-hour NPR news and talk channel featuring the Diane Rehm Show and Fresh Air. And on HD-3, you’ll always hear the best jazz on the planet.

WUKY is powered by YOU and over 3,000 other listener-members across the Central Kentucky region. Thank you for your financial support! Thanks also to our program sponsors, the University of Kentucky, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, who, with our members, keep listener-supported radio, 91.3 WUKY, on the air.

Listen to some voices from WUKY's past here.

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