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City of license Lexington, Kentucky
Broadcast area Lexington-Fayette
Branding WUKY 91.3
Frequency 91.3 MHz (also on HD Radio)
91.3 HD-2 for "Xponential Radio"
91.3 HD-3 for News/Talk
First air date October 17, 1940
Format Adult Album Alternative/NPR
ERP 100,000 watts
Callsign meaning University of KentuckY
Affiliations NPR
Owner University of Kentucky

WUKY (91.3 FM) is a public radio station located on the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. It is an Adult Album Alternative station that airs over 70 hours of music a week, in addition to programming from National Public Radio, Public Radio International, The BBC, and American Public Media.


WUKY began broadcasting on October 17, 1940 as WBKY, a 100-watt station in Beattyville. However, it has always been owned by UK. It was the first university-owned FM radio station in the United States, as well as the first public radio station in Kentucky. In 1945, the operation moved to Lexington. The station was a charter member of NPR, and was one of the original stations that carried All Things Considered when it debuted in 1971. In 1989, WBKY changed its call letters to WUKY to better reflect its affiliation with UK.

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 the University of Kentucky, as well as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

In 2006, WUKY moved its antenna to a tower at Clays Ferry on the Kentucky River. The station also installed a new, digital transmitter there, and became the first HD Radio station in Lexington, and the first to multi-cast. It now streams 3 digital channels. In 2007, WUKY debuted its online-only arts and music magazine, "tonic." It, along with all three digital streams, is accessible at the station's website,


WUKY carries programming from NPR, including All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Fresh Air. In addition to A Prairie Home Companion and other variety shows, WUKY offers diverse, locally-produced programs catering to fans of blues, female rock, and Americana and World music. The combination of news programming and progressive music is expressed in the station's slogan: "NPR Rocks @ 91.3."

The station reports its music airplay to Friday Morning Quarterback.

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