WKES (91.1 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a religious radio format. Licensed to Lakeland, Florida, USA, it serves the Tampa Bay area from its studios at Keswick Christian School in Seminole. The station is currently owned by the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago and features programming from Moody Radio.
WKES is the flagship of the statewide Moody Radio Florida network, which includes:
- WHGN 91.9 FM, Crystal River / Ocala, Florida
- WSOR 90.9 FM, Naples / Fort Myers, Florida
- WKZM 104.3 FM Sarasota, Florida
Local programming includes New Day Florida (a morning show) and Prime Time Florida (a drive-time afternoon show), plus hourly news and traffic updates, along with weather updates from former Bay News 9 meteorologist Alan Winfield.
The station first signed on May 20, 1975 at 91.3 MHz as WCIE, a religious station owned by the Carpenter's Home Church in Lakeland. In 1980, as part of a plan to increase its power, the station relocated to 91.1 MHz. In 1997, in a three way swap, Carpenter's Home sold WCIE to Paxson Broadcasting, who in turn swapped the station with Moody's WKES, which at the time was on 101.5 FM. WKES would soon move to 91.1 FM; after a brief simulcast period, its old 101.5 frequency became a commercial station under Paxson, as WILV (now WPOI, owned by Cox Radio).