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WUKY NPRrocks91.3 logo.png
City Lexington, Kentucky
Broadcast area Lexington-Fayette
Branding NPR Rocks @ 91.3
Frequency 91.3 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date October 17, 1940
Format Adult Album Alternative/NPR
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 237.4 meters
Class C1
Callsign meaning University of KentuckY
Former callsigns WBKY (1940-1989)
Affiliations NPR
Kentucky Public Radio
Owner University of Kentucky
Website http://www.wuky.org

WUKY (91.3 FM) is the flagship National Public Radio station in Lexington, Kentucky. Owned by the University of Kentucky, it is an Adult Album Alternative station that airs more than 100 hours of music per week, in addition to programming from NPR, Public Radio International, the BBC, and American Public Media. Studios are located in McVey Hall on the UK campus.


The station's original home office, the former Beattyville Grade School

WUKY began broadcasting on October 17, 1940 as WBKY, a 100-watt "Apex band" station on 42.9 MHz in Beattyville.[1] However, the station soon ran into technical and financial problems, and suspended operations after June 27, 1941.[2] The original program director was Ruth Foxx Newborg, and from the beginning the station has been owned by University of Kentucky. In 1945 the station was reactivated as an FM station, still transmitting at 42.9 MHz, and the operation moved to its current home in McVey Hall at UK. The station helped create NPR, and was one of the 90 stations that carried the inaugural broadcast of All Things Considered when it debuted in 1971. On October 1, 1989; WBKY changed its call letters to WUKY to better reflect its affiliation with UK.[3]

Longtime All Things Considered host Noah Adams began his career at WBKY.

WUKY is supported by its listeners, who give regularly to the station. It also receives funding from UK, as well as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and its underwriters. Its main competition is WEKU, owned by Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. Lexington is one of the smallest markets with two competing full NPR member stations.

HD Programming[edit]

In 2006, WUKY built a new HD Radio-capable tower at Clays Ferry on the Kentucky River. It is the first HD Radio station in Lexington, and the first to multi-cast. It now streams three digital channels.

  • HD1 is a simulcast of the analog signal,
  • HD2 airs an extended schedule of NPR news and talk, and
  • HD3 simulcasts the Jazz 24 all-jazz service from KNKX in Tacoma, Washington.[4]

In 2007, WUKY debuted its online-only arts and music magazine, tonic. It, along with all three digital streams, can be heard at the station's website, wuky.org.


WUKY carries shows from NPR, including All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!, and Fresh Air. The station is well known for its eclectic music mix, "Rock & Roots," which airs from 9-3 weekdays.WUKY also airs A Prairie Home Companion, Car Talk, This American Life, On The Media, Whad'Ya Know, and other syndicated shows, and diverse, locally produced programs for fans of Blues, female rock, Americana and World music. The combination of news programming and Indie Rock is expressed in the station's slogan: "NPR Rocks @ 91.3."

The station reports its music airplay to Friday Morning Quarterback's Triple A panel and to TripleARadio.com.


  1. ^ "WBKY Goes On Air Waves For First Time" by Gerald Griffin, Louisville Courier-Journal, October 18, 1940, page 24.
  2. ^ "Educational Radio's First Rural Radio Station" Public Telecommunication Review, September-October 1979.
  3. ^ "History". WUKY. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  4. ^ http://hdradio.com/station_guides/widget.php?id=100 HD Radio Guide for Lexington-Fayette, KY

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Coordinates: 37°52′44″N 84°19′34″W / 37.879°N 84.326°W / 37.879; -84.326