WYWY is a heritage AM radio station licensed to Barbourville, Kentucky. This is a full-service radio station with news, weather, sports and positive, family-friendly music. If it’s happening in Barbourville, then it’s happening on WYWY. We've been serving Barbourville and Knox county since 1955. In fact, our founder, Dwight Brown, shown at left, (July 1911-January 9, 1984) was an electronic whiz and owner of Brown Radio/TV when he started WBVL Radio (AM 950) on December 13, 1955 in his hometown of Barbourville. Dwight Brown was also an accomplished Trap Shooter and inventor. You call see his Trap Shooting accomplishments at (http://www.traphof.org/Inductees/Brown-Dwight.html ).
Homer Lee Jackson started working for the station in the late 1950’s and developed a popular country music show. Jackson, who went on to serve twelve years as county judge, loved to sing a little on the air, too, if needed. He must have won over several people since his politics were Democratic in a Republican county.
Barbourville Community Broadcasters purchased the station in 1966 and Elmer Engle became president. Three generations of Engles were involved in managing the station since then. Elmer Engle (1921-1993) followed by his son Jimmy and daughter-in-law, Mildred and their sons Chad and Elmer T. (Tad) Engle (1976-2003).
Mildred Engle, as the sole shareholder of Barbourville Community Broadcasters, sold the station to Choice Radio Corporation, owned by Jonathan L. Smith, on July 23, 2009. Since that time, Karen Bowling has joined as an owner of Choice Radio Corporation.
Jonathan Smith has ties to WYWY dating back to 1959 when his father, Cal Smith, worked for the old WBVL from November, 1959 to April, 1960. He did mostly selling and some announcing at WBVL. When he left, he went to WTLO in Somerset before moving to Tazewell, Tennessee to build WNTT radio. From there, he obtained his FCC First Class License and eventually returned to the area to build WYGO (AM 1330) in Corbin. He was an announcer, salesman, engineer and General Manager at WYGO during two stints until May, 1965.
We are continuing to make history with WYWY, adding an FM signal at 93.3 mHz to add service to the community and we have renewed our commitment to provide full-service radio to Barbourville and the surrounding communities.