WCIE-FM 91.1

Original Call Letters: WCIE

Originally Licensed: May 20, 1975

Original City of License : Lakeland

Original Frequency: 91.3

Origin of Call Letters: Slogan; Where Christ Is Everything

Original Power: 50,000 Watts

Original Location: 

Original Format: Contemporary Christian 

Network Affiliation(s):

Moody Broadcasting Network


1975-Carpenters Home Church/Evangel Christian School
1997-Paxson Communications Corporation ($5 million)
1997-MBN-Moody Broadcasting Network  (Moody Bible Institute of Chicago)

History of Call Letters and Formats:

WCIE-1975-Contemporary Christian
WKES-1997-Inspirational Music

History of WCIE
Thanks to Marc Tyll for this history of WCIE.
WCIE began regular broadcast service on May 20, 1975 when Carpenter’s Home Church in Lakeland received a construction permit for a new non commercial FM radio station. The original frequency was on 91.3 and the station operated with 50,000 watts from a 500 foot tower located at 777 Carpenter’s Way in Lakeland, Florida. The call letters – WCIE – stood for Where Christ Is Everything and was managed by the Evangel Christian School, a part of the Carpenter’s Home Church. The original format was Contemporary Hit Christian Music with some Christian talk programming such as Focus on the Family hosted by Dr. James Dobson. In 1980 WCIE increased its power to 100,000 watts when the station moved its frequency from the original 91.3 dial position to 91.1. Programming remained Contemporary Christian with select Christian talk programming throughout the 1980s and most of the 1990s. In 1997, Carpenter’s Home Church sold WCIE for $5 million to Paxson Communications Corporation in a three way station swap. Paxson purchased WKES-FM 101.5 Saint Petersburg from the Moody Bible Institute and WCIE simultaneously. WCIE, along with some cash, was traded to Moody in exchange for the 101.5 frequency. WCIE became WKES-FM 91.1 and began programming Moody Broadcasting Network programming that had previously been broadcast over the 101.5 frequency. Today WKES-FM 91.1 continues to broadcast programs from the Moody Broadcasting Network and is simulcast over WKZM-FM 104.3 Sarasota and WHGN-FM 91.9 Crystal River.

Names In WCIE History
James Campbell-1975-President-Carpenters Home Church/Evangel Christian School
Jon Hull-1978-1991-Station Manager/Program Director-Carpenters Home Church/Evangel Christian School

Lynne Miller (Lynne Breidenbach)-1982-News Director-MBN-Moody Broadcasting Network  In Memory
Bill "Wild Man" Carl
Dave "Yes Dear" Kirby-Program Director           
Rick "Sgt Rock" Thomas (Rick Elmhorst)
Barry Landis-Program Director
Stephen Winters-Mornings/News Director/Host of "Feedback"
Rita Christie
Dave Kirby
Jim Gates
Dave Stewart
Danny Strader  
Tom Trulson
Gary Parker
B.J. Harris
Alice Faye Redd
Rick Hoover
Bill Scott
Jim Campbell-General Manager
Rick Thomas-Station Manager
Kevin MacKenzie
Bill Carl
Jim Mann
Mark Rider
Larry Wayne
J.D. Richards
Kevin Sikes
Sean Bart

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