For over six decades (May 27, 1959), WKSK has been broadcasting information and entertainment to the citizens of Ashe County and surrounding Northwestern North Carolina. We began broadcasting at 1600-AM on the dial, moving in the 70’s to 580 AM. On Monday, June 9th 2014 @ 4:25pm
WKSK made history by simulcasting their signal on 93.5 FM.
WKSK operates at a pre-sunrise power of 500 watts and at 5000 watts during daylight hours. We begin our broadcast day Monday through Saturday at 6am & Sundays at 7am. In 2005, we began broadcasting 24 hours a day & in 2006 began streaming our broadcast signal on the World Wide Web. You can now stream us at www.580wksk.com. WKSK also broadcasts their audio signal on Skybest TV Channel 680.
WKSK has been described by the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters as one of the truly “Small Market Broadcasters” still in existence. We attribute our audience loyalty to “localism." We describe our Country Music format as a means to move from one piece of information to another.
WKSK has received the prestigious Governor’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service and the NCAB’s “Best of the Best” award for commercial production.
Our owner has received the North Carolina Broadcaster’s Distinguished Service Award for community involvement and has been inducted into The North Carolina Association of Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame.
As in our past 60-plus years of local broadcasting, we pledge to continue “listening” to our listeners & responding to the needs of our community. Keeping our finger on the pulse of the community is important to our listeners and our station. We are committed to super-serving you with a strong focus on local issues, civic functions & charitable causes such as:
Ashe Relay for Life
St. Jude Family Fun Day (In honor of Meagan Price)
Ashe County Heart Association
Ebenezer Christian Children’s Home
Imagination Ashe (Dolly Parton Library)
Ashe County Habitat for Humanity
A Safe Home for Everyone (ASHE)
Ashe Outreach Ministries
Ashe County Sharing Center
Ashe Really Cares (ARC)
Partnership of Ashe
We also love to work with and support our community organizations such as:
West Jefferson Lions Club
Riverview Lions Club
American Legion Post 275
DAV Chapter 80
Ashe County Hometown Heroes
Ashe Shrine Club
Salvation Army of Ashe
We are extremely proud of our commitment towards actively supporting worthwhile causes.