WUKY's Mission

WUKY enlightens, inspires, and entertains its audience through the creation and presentation of the highest quality non-commercial radio programming. Through our comprehensive, unbiased news coverage, unique musical offerings, and community partnerships, WUKY fosters civic development, celebrates our cultural diversity, and advances the mission of the University of Kentucky.

WUKY has adopted the Public Media Code of Integrity.


Well, we're old. WUKY was the first university-owned FM radio station in America and Kentucky's first public radio station. We came to life on October 17, 1940 as WBKY, operating with a mere 100 watts in Beattyville, KY. In 1945, WBKY came to Lexington. In 1989, WBKY changed its call letters to WUKY to better reflect its affiliation with the University of Kentucky.

WUKY helped create National Public Radio and was one of the first stations to carry NPR's "All Things Considered" when it debuted in 1971. We're licensed to the University of Kentucky and serve the Lexington and and central Kentucky area with 100,000 watts. In early 2007, we became the first Lexington radio station to broadcast in HD - high definition digital radio. We also debuted our first web-only radio show, "tonic," in early 2007.

We air a diverse schedule. Our news comes from NPR and our own newsroom. Our music is Triple A (also known as Rock & Roots). We report to Friday Morning Quarterback's non-commercial Triple A panel. Our specialty music shows encompass Women's Music, Americana, Blues, World, and more. There's humor, arts, and culture here, too.

WUKY is supported by its membership. We want to extend our thanks to listeners who regularly give their financial support to the station. We also thank our program underwriters, the University of Kentucky, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, who, with our members, keep listener-supported radio, 91.3 WUKY, on the air.

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