Who We Are:
On Monday, October 7, 1968, then President Robert R. Martin ignited WEKU’s presence by sending 50,000 watts of power to the new transmitter and WEKU-FM went on the air from studios in the Donovan Building on the Eastern Kentucky University campus. The station’s first broadcast opened with the news containing items on Lyndon Johnson, the Vietnam War, and early Apollo space mission, Hubert Humphrey attacking Richard Nixon, and Lady Bird Johnson’s visit to Lexington.
In those days, WEKU-FM’s broadcast only lasted 6 hours on weekdays. Now the station broadcasts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In 1985, a second transmitter was added to serve
Hazard and much of southeastern Kentucky at WEKH 90.9. In 2003, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted approval for construction of a third transmitter in Corbin to serve a large section of Southern Kentucky. WEKF 88.5 went on the air June 24, 2003 and serves the Corbin, London, Williamsburg area. In 2004 WEKU added three FM translators in Barbourville at 96.9, Pikeville at 95.1 and Middlesboro at 102.5. Collectively, these stations serve listeners in areas from Louisville to Elkhorn City and will even include Tennessee, parts of southwestern Virginia and a small parcel of West Virginia. In January of 2010, WEKU added an FM translator in Frankfort which enhances exposure in our westernmost coverage area. A translator was added in Harlan in June 2010 which rounds out WEKU’s coverage in southeastern Kentucky.
Now in its fifth decade of broadcasting, WEKU went on the air in November of 1968 and since then has been broadcasting its unique mix of award-winning local and regional news as well as national and international news from National Public Radio and the British Broadcasting Corporation.
Why We're Here:
WEKU will make a difference by deepening its communities'understanding of the world.
WEKU is a trusted and indispensable source of ideas and information. We convene an exchange of diverse views to enlighten, engage and entertain the community.
Integrity - We will demonstrate honesty, trust and transparency in all interactions.
Respect - We will treat all with dignity and embrace the diversity and wealth of viewpoints from our co-workers, audience and community.
Stewardship - We will be efficient and effective stewards of our physical, human and fiscal resources.
Excellence - We will strive to achieve excellence in all that we do.
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