Broadcast areaTri-State Area
Frequency89.5 MHz
BrandingWKU Public Radio
FormatPublic radio
AffiliationsAmerican Public Media, National Public Radio, Public Radio International, Kentucky Public Radio
OwnerWestern Kentucky University
First air date
April 20, 1989
Technical information
Facility ID71864
ERP43,000 watts
HAAT115 meters (377 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
37°51′06″N 87°19′43″W / 37.85167°N 87.32861°W / 37.85167; -87.32861

WKPB (89.5 FM) is a radio station licensed to Henderson, Kentucky. The station is owned by Western Kentucky University, and is an affiliate of the WKU Public Radio network.

History of call letters

The call letters WKPB were earlier assigned to an FM station in Knoxville, Tennessee. Owned by the Knoxville Publishing Company (The Knoxville Journal newspaper), it began broadcasting October 15, 1947, on 93.3 MHz.[1] This station ceased operations 18 months later, on April 15, 1949,[2] with the Journal citing the uncertainty created by the advent of television. The newspaper sold its equipment to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (which started WUOT using it that fall) and its records to the general public.[3]


  1. ^ "FM Outlet of 'Knoxville Journal' Takes the Air" (PDF). Broadcasting. October 27, 1947. p. 29. Retrieved October 18, 2014.
  2. ^ "Knoxville Radio Station Off Air". The Greeneville Sun. April 19, 1949. p. 3. Retrieved October 27, 2019.
  3. ^ "For Sale! WKPB Records". The Knoxville Journal. April 20, 1949. p. 14. Retrieved October 27, 2019.