WGKS KISS96.9 logo.jpg
Broadcast areaLexington Metro
Central Kentucky
Frequency96.9 MHz
BrandingKISS 96-9
FormatClassic hits
AffiliationsWestwood One
Premiere Networks
OwnerL.M. Communications, Inc.
First air date
June 15, 1968; 54 years ago (1968-06-15) (as WPDE-FM at 96.7)
Former call signs
WPDE-FM (1968–1972)
WBGR-FM (1972–1981)
WNCW (1981–1985)
WCOZ (1985–1992)
WCOZ-FM (1992)
Former frequencies
96.7 MHz (1968–1992)
Call sign meaning
W G KiSs[1]
Technical information
Facility ID36140
ERP50,000 watts
HAAT150 meters (490 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
38°7′32″N 84°21′12″W / 38.12556°N 84.35333°W / 38.12556; -84.35333
WebcastListen Live

WGKS (96.9 MHz) is a commercial FM radio station broadcasting a classic hits radio format and calling itself "KISS 96-9". Licensed to Paris, Kentucky, United States, the station serves the Lexington-Fayette media market. It is owned by L.M. Communications, Inc.[2] Studios and offices are located at Triangle Center on West Main Street in Lexington.[3] The transmitter is off Houston Antioch Road, also in Lexington.[4]

WGKS airs two weekday syndicated shows. The Bob and Sheri Show from WLNK in Charlotte, North Carolina is heard in morning drive time. The Delilah Show is heard evenings.


The station was assigned the call sign WCOZ on February 25, 1984. On June 11, 1992, the station changed its call letters to WCOZ-FM. Just over a week later, on June 19, the station changed its call sign to the current WGKS.[5]

On September 22, 2020, WGKS changed their format from soft AC to classic hits, still under the "Kiss 96.9" branding.[6]


  1. ^ "Call Letter Origins". Radio History on the Web.
  2. ^ "WGKS Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  3. ^ "Contact".
  4. ^ "Radio Station Coverage Map".
  5. ^ "WGKS Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  6. ^ 96.9 Kiss-FM Lexington Moves To Classic Hits Radioinsight - September 22, 2020