In 1969 Hancock Communications applied to the Federal Communications Commission to build a new AM radio station in Hancock County. It took 3 years to get the approval to build the station.
WKCM-AM signed on Election Day, 1972 as a 500-watt daytime only (dusk to dawn) radio station playing country music (Western Kentucky Country Music) at AM 1140. Nighttime broadcasting was not allowed for WKCM under FCC rules, nor was FM possible. Over the years FCC rules changed. WKCM was allowed nighttime on AM 1160 in the early 1980s. More rules changed allowing WKCM to build a low power FM to rebroadcast its AM signal on 101.3FM, 97.9FM and 98.7FM.
Natural disasters have destroyed WKCM twice. In 1977 a tornado-like wind knocked the tower down and in 1997 the Ohio River Flood destroyed the studio and transmitter facilities. In both instances the community and wonderful citizens pitched in to try to save the day. They did and WKCM stayed on the air in the face of adversity with local emergency information.
Our pledge for the future is to try to offer programming and information choices that will assist your daily life and your various moods. If there is a local weather emergency or disaster, we will do our best to see that you are immediately informed. Our staffs of many years thank you for 42 years of support, encouragement, and friendship. What started in Hancock County has grown to 26 radio stations and internet/digital services to communities in Indiana, Illinois, and Tennessee, as well as here in Kentucky.