WKES (91.1 MHz) is a non-commercial, listener-supported FM radio station broadcasting a Christian talk and teaching radio format. Licensed to Lakeland, Florida, it serves the Tampa Bay area from its studios at Keswick Christian School in Seminole. The station is owned by the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago and features programming from Moody Radio.

Broadcast areaTampa Bay area
Frequency91.1 MHz
BrandingMoody Radio Florida
FormatChristian talk and teaching
AffiliationsMoody Radio
First air date
May 20, 1975
Former call signs
WCIE (1975-1997)
Call sign meaning
KESwick Christian School
(founders of WKES and associated with Moody)
Technical information
Facility ID19871
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT128 meters (420 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
28°4′46″N 82°2′27″W / 28.07944°N 82.04083°W / 28.07944; -82.04083
Translator(s)See § Translators
Repeater(s)(see article)

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

Call sign Frequency City of license Facility ID ERP
m (ft)
Class FCC info
WHGN 91.9 FM Crystal River, Florida 11026 41,000 165 m (541 ft) C2 FCC
WKZM 104.3 FM Sarasota, Florida 11037 25,000 81 m (266 ft) C3 FCC
WSOR 90.9 FM Naples, Florida 61506 36,000 275 m (902 ft) C1 FCC

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 WTBV, owned by Cox Radio).

Translators edit

Call sign Frequency City of license FID ERP (W) HAAT Class FCC info Notes
W215CJ 90.9 FM Tampa, Florida 106675 70 51 m (167 ft) D LMS Relays WKES
W247AF 97.3 FM Sarasota, Florida 84009 80 48 m (157 ft) D LMS Relays WKES
W272BM 102.3 FM Fort Myers Beach, Florida 156554 80 52 m (171 ft) D LMS Relays WSOR

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