WKES

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WKES
City of license Lakeland, Florida
Broadcast area Tampa Bay area
Branding Moody Radio Florida
Frequency 91.1 MHz
Repeaters (see article)
First air date May 20, 1975
Format religious radio
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 128 meters
Class C1
Facility ID 19871
Transmitter coordinates 28°4′46.00″N 82°2′27.00″W / 28.0794444°N 82.0408333°W / 28.0794444; -82.0408333
Callsign meaning KESwick Christian School
(founders of WKES and associated with Moody)
Former callsigns WCIE (1975-1997)
Affiliations Moody Radio
Owner Moody Bible Institute
Website moodyradioflorida.fm

WKES (91.1 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a religious radio format. Licensed to Lakeland, Florida, USA, it serves the Tampa Bay area from its studios at Keswick Christian School in Seminole. The station is currently owned by the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago and features programing from Moody Radio.

WKES is the flagship of the statewide Moody Radio Florida network, which includes:

Local programming includes New Day Florida (a morning show) and Prime Time Florida (a drive-time afternoon show), plus hourly news and traffic updates, along with weather updates from former Bay News 9 meteorologist Alan Winfield.

History[edit]

The station first signed on May 20, 1975 at 91.3 MHz as WCIE, a religious station owned by the Carpenter's Home Church in Lakeland. In 1980, as part of a plan to increase its power, the station relocated to 91.1 MHz. In 1997, in a three way swap, Carpenter's Home sold WCIE to Paxson Broadcasting, who in turn swapped the station with Moody's WKES, which at the time was on 101.5 FM. WKES would soon move to 91.1 FM; after a brief simulcast period, its old 101.5 frequency became a commercial station under Paxson, as WILV (now WPOI, owned by Cox Radio).

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