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Keswick (keh’-zick) Radio was established in 1961 by Bill and Marge Caldwell. It was known then as WGNB (Westcoast Good News Broadcasters) and was heard on 101.5 FM. It was the first and only full-time radio ministry in the Tampa Bay area of Florida at that time. In 1973, the call letters of the station were changed to WKES. That same year, the station began broadcasting in stereo and increased its power. In 1977, the Keswick Christian School, Bible conference grounds, and radio station were donated to the Moody Bible Institute. Bill Caldwell continued to serve as Station Manager until 1990. At that time, Richard (Dick) Florence was brought in as Station Manager.
In 1997 the station moved its signal to 91.1 FM. Then, Moody Broadcasting purchased WKZM, Sarasota, in 1999, and WSOR, Naples, and WHGN, Crystal River, in 2003. These stations repeated the WKES signal, making it a "regional" station heard throughout Central and Southwest Florida.
Tampa Bay Today, the station's new morning show was launched in 1991 with Chuck Burge as host. Soon after, Ruth Dinwiddie came to host Along the Way, the station's new afternoon drive program.
WKES' first SHARE fundraiser was held in the spring of 1992, and Keswick Radio became Moody Radio in July of that year.
Also in 1992, Mike Gleichman, joined the staff as Assistant Manager and Carl Metcalf became morning host, replacing Chuck Burge who returned to the Moody station in Atlanta. Carl served in that position until his untimely passing in November 2001.
Mike Gleichman became Station Manager on July 1, 2001 when Dick Florence retired.
In January 2002, Pierre Chestang joined the WKES team as Program Director and new host of Tampa Bay Today, soon to be re-named New Day Florida. Meteorologist Alan Winfield and news announcer Paul Porter were added to the morning team that same year.
In 2003 Mike Gleichman became the station's Operations Director and Pierre Chestang moved to Station Manager. Also that year, the onset of Internet streaming presented the incredible opportunity for worldwide expansion of the ministry. WKES began to be heard anywhere in the world where there was Internet access.
Kate Bruington joined New Day Florida in 2004. John Blok came on board as a full-time announcer in 2007. In 2008, Ron Maxwell joined the WKES staff as Program Director and host of New Day Florida. Steve Krumlauf, Glen Schultz, and John Blok have shared news announcer responsibilities. Andrew Leuthold joined the staff in 2012 as Operations Director. He also hosts Music for Sunday and fills in on the morning show.
January 2019 began another exciting chapter in morning drive as Kurt Goff joined our team and the program Kurt and Kate Mornings was launched. Mike Stevens and John Blok shared news announcing responsibilities.
At 60 years, WKES continues to spread the Gospel through preaching, teaching, conversations and music, maintaining its status as a listener-supported ministry. The combined signals sending programming from its studios in St. Petersburg, reach north and south from Ocala to Naples and east to west from St. Petersburg to Orlando.”
The staff, management, volunteers and supporters of WKES praise God for the opportunity to take the message of the Gospel to Florida and "the ends of the earth!"
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