WFKY keeps making waves

By RUSS HATTER Asst. Curator Capital City Museum Published:

Theres another anniversary that I would like to recognize and thats the 60th year of broadcasting for WFKY Radio, now a part of Clear Channel Communications. First known as the Frankfort Broadcasting Company, WFKY was formed in 1945 by a group of local businessmen including J. S. Yager, Roger Adams, Lambert Suppinger, Bowman S. Gaines, C. W. Gaines, Owen Caplinger, W. V. Perry, Jr., M. T. Smith, Clyde E. Reed, Samuel E. Rosenstein, Joseph J. Leary and Orville R. Harrod.

WFKY first went on the air at 6 a.m. on March 18, 1946. In the early years the programming consisted of mostly live music and talk. Some of you may remember Jack Robb regularly playing the Hammond organ and piano, Caywoods Comments with former State Journal editor D. T. Caywood sharing the news, station manager Ken Hart who passed away recently, Jim Go Go Stivers who was the first to play rock n roll in Frankfort, Bob and Dottie Doll live from the Holiday Inn, the uniqueness and genius of Ed Janeway, and that old son-of-a-gun Russ Hatter and his morning antics.

Most of the live entertainers were local groups or individuals. Changes in technology would bring vinyl records, tapes, and later compact discs and now satellite programming. The station was the community source for instant weather, local events, sports, and, in the winter, the place to find out if there would be school on snowy days.

Happy 60th birthday WFKY, and thanks for the memories.

Sources for todays column come from State Journal columnist Phil Case and former intern/reporter Cameron Thibos, Carl Kramers Capital on the Kentucky, Lowell Harrisons Kentucky Governors, John Trowbridge, Steve Brooks, Robert Goralskis World War II Almanac, and The Kentucky Encyclopedia.

If you have items to donate to the Capital City Museum, please contact us at 502-803-1808 or by email at The museum, 325 Ann St., is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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