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WJRE HogCountry102.5 logo.png
City Galva, Illinois
Broadcast area Kewanee, Geneseo
Branding Hog Country 102.5 WJRE
Frequency 102.5 MHz
First air date 1966
Format Country
ERP 6,000 watts
HAAT 89.3 meters (293 feet)
Class A
Facility ID 12236
Transmitter coordinates 41° 13' 36" N, 89° 56' 05" W
Callsign meaning J for John, R for Rick, E for Eddie. Employees of the station in the late 1960s.[citation needed]
Former callsigns WHHK (1994-2003)
Affiliations NBC Radio News, Nash Nights Live, CMT Radio Network, RFD Illinois
Owner Fletcher M. Ford
(Virden Broadcasting Corp.)
Sister stations KQCJ, WKEI, MY102!
Website www.regionaldailynews.com

WJRE is a FM radio station licensed to Galva, Illinois, with studios in Kewanee, Illinois. WJRE operates on a frequency of 102.5 MHz. WJRE plays traditional country format, with a mix of songs from the 1970s through today. WJRE is operated by Fletcher M. Ford, the President and owner of Regional Media, a Virden Broadcasting Corporation and is licensed to Galva, Illinois. Main studios are located in Kewanee, IL with a remote studio and offices in another area.


  • May 20, 1966 - WKEI-FM went on the air, providing the Tri-County area (Henry, Bureau, and Stark) with its first local FM signal.
  • March 1, 1974 - WKEI-FM became WJRE. They operated on a frequency of 192.1 MHz.
  • October 1, 1996 - The frequency was changed to 93.9 MHz, with 3,100 watts of power from a 453-foot tower northeast of Kewanee, substantially increasing WJRE's coverage area.
  • May 1, 2003, midnight - The frequency was changed to 102.5 MHz from a tower south of Galva, with 3,000 watts of power.
  • November 3, 2005 at 4 p.m., WJRE switched to a new transmitter on Beach Street in Kewanee, sharing facilities with sister station WKEI. WJRE now operates at 6,000 watts.
  • January 1, 2007 at 6 a.m., WJRE changed music format from Hot Adult Contemporary (Hot AC) to a Country music format.

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Coordinates: 41°13′37″N 89°56′06″W / 41.227°N 89.935°W / 41.227; -89.935