WKAY

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WKAY-FM
City Knoxville, Illinois
Broadcast area Galesburg and Vicinity
Branding 105.3 K FM
Slogan Today's Refreshing Light Rock
Frequency 105.3 FM (MHz)
First air date December 13, 2000; 16 years ago (2000-12-13)
Format Adult Contemporary
ERP 3,700 watts
HAAT 129 meters
Class A
Owner Galesburg Broadcasting Company
Sister stations WAAG, WGIL, WLSR
Website www.1053kfm.com

WKAY-FM 105.3 FM is a radio station broadcasting an Adult Contemporary format. Licensed to Knoxville, Illinois, the station serves the Galesburg area including Knoxville, Monmouth, Abingdon and surrounding communities. WKAY is owned by Galesburg Broadcasting Company. The station, known on the air as "Today's Refreshing Light Rock 105.3 KFM" or "105.3 KFM" for short, signed on the air on Wednesday, December 13, 2000. Before the "official" sign on, the station played Christmas music while testing the transmitter. "Officially", the first song played was the "Heart of Rock-n-Roll" by Huey Lewis & The News. Mornings host Chris McIntyre was the first jock to be heard on 105.3 KFM. The original on-air line-up consisted of Chris McIntyre (5:30 am – 10 am), Scott Michael (10a-3p), K.C. Fleming (3 pm – 7 pm). As of 2015, Chris McIntyre is still host of "Mornings with McIntyre" with Jim Lee with the sports and Tyler Bachman with news updates. As of 2015 the on-air line up consists of Chris McIntyre (5 am – 10 am), Terry Cavanaugh (10 am – 2 pm), Bob O'Connor (2 pm – 7 pm), and Scott Michael (7 pm – 12 am). In addition to morning duties Chris McIntyre is the Program Director.

The station's format is Adult Contemporary featuring artists such as John Mayer, Lady Gaga, Daughtry, Katy Perry, Pink, Rob Thomas, Taylor Swift, along with hits from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Weekends the station features an all 1970s format on Saturdays titled "Saturday in the 70s". In addition to locally hosted shows, "Saturday in the 70s" also features syndicated shows like Casey Kasem's AT 40:The 70s, The 70s with Steve Goddard, and Back to the 70s with M.G. Kelly. On Sundays, the station features an all 1980s format titled "Absolutely 80s". With locally hosted shows along with Casey Kasem's AT40: The 80s.

WKAY-FM is also known as the "Christmas Station" dropping the adult contemporary format for an all Christmas format beginning at 9am the day before Thanksgiving through Christmas Day.

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Coordinates: 40°56′35″N 90°20′38″W / 40.943°N 90.344°W / 40.943; -90.344