WFPK is a 24-hour listener-supported, noncommercial radio station in Louisville, Kentucky, broadcasting at 91.9 MHz FM featuring an adult album alternative format. The station plays national and local alternative music as well as jazz all day on Sunday.
The station was founded in 1954 by the Louisville Free Public Library as a classical music station. It was sister station to WFPL.
In 1975, the station received the entire inventory of classical music recordings from WHAS-FM (now WAMZ-FM), which had discontinued the format after a nine-year run. In 1993, the Free Public Library and the University of Louisville’s WUOL-FM (which had inadvertently competed against WFPK for classical listeners for over 15 years) joined forces to form the Public Radio Partnership, now Louisville Public Media. At that time, WFPK adopted its current format.
WFPK is also host to the weekly series “Live Lunch,” which features local and national acts performing live in front of a studio audience in the station’s performance studio. Guests of Live Lunch have included Tommy Emmanuel, Will Oldham, Alejandro Escovedo, The Subdudes, Jonatha Brooke, The Decemberists, Over the Rhine, the Derek Trucks Band, Amos Lee, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and local Louisville bands Dangerbird, My Morning Jacket, The Muckrakers, and digby. In 2007, the station released “Best of WFPK Live Vol. 1,” a limited-edition CD that contained cuts from the series; the disc was given away as an exclusive premium for new members during the spring 2007 membership drive. Since then, they have released five more member-exclusive CD’s containing more live songs recorded during Live Lunch.
WFPK, along with its sister stations WFPL and WUOL, presently broadcasts an HD radio signal.