WLKU is a radio station licensed to Rock Island, Illinois, with a Christian contemporary format. The station’s frequency is 98.9 MHz, and broadcasts at an effective radiated power of 39,000 watts, from a transmitter located near Orion, Illinois. WLKU is owned by the Educational Media Foundation and is affiliated with the K-Love network.
The Rock Island allocation of 98.9 MHz represents many milestones in Quad Cities’ radio broadcasting. First, it was the first FM station to originate in the area, signing on as WHBF-FM on October 28, 1947. It was owned by the Rock Island Argus.
Second, WHBF-FM became the area’s first radio station to broadcast in stereo, implementing the technology in 1958. Stereo multiplexing followed in 1961, with automation coming a few years later.
WHBF-FM’s first home was the Harms Hotel, where it broadcast alongside sister station WHBF. As with most FM stations of the era, WHBF either duplicated the AM station’s programming or used a classical music/easy listening format.
WHBF-TV joined the fold in July 1950, with all three facilities housed in the Telco Building in downtown Rock Island. All three stations were owned by the Potter family of Rock Island, the same family that published the Rock Island Argus.
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