From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
City Kewanee, Illinois
Broadcast area Henry, Bureau, Knox, and Stark Counties
Branding Newstalk 1450 AM, 104.3 FM - WKEI
Slogan The Talk of the Tri-Counties
Frequency 1450 kHz
Translator(s) 104.3 MHz W282AL
First air date 1952
Format News/Talk
Power 500 watts day
1,000 watts night
Class C
Facility ID 70276
Transmitter coordinates 41°13′37.00″N 89°56′8.00″W / 41.2269444°N 89.9355556°W / 41.2269444; -89.9355556
Callsign meaning W KEwanee Illinois
Affiliations CBS Radio News
Owner Randall J. Miller (sale pending to Fletcher M. Ford)
(Virden Broadcasting Corp.)
Sister stations WJRE, KQCJ
Webcast Listen Live
Website Regional Daily News

WKEI (1450 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a News/Talk format. Licensed to Kewanee, Illinois, United States, the station serves the Quad Cities area. The station is currently owned by Randall J. Miller's Virden Broadcasting Corp.[1]

Miller announced the sale of WKEI, along with sister stations WJRE and WYEC, to the cluster's sales manager Fletcher Ford, on November 30, 2012. That sale is expected to close in first quarter 2013, pending FCC approval.

The station provided the town with its first local radio signal.[citation needed] WKEI is now a news/talk radio station, a CBS Radio affiliate and home to syndicated talk show hosts Mike Huckabee, Hugh Hewitt and Jim Bohannon. WKEI is also the Kewanee affiliate for St. Louis Cardinals NFL Football and The Illini.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "WKEI Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 

External links[edit]