Charles Compton, WEKU http://weku.fm en Payraises, New Image, Beautification Effort Unveiled For Eastern Kentucky University http://weku.fm/post/payraises-new-image-beautification-effort-unveiled-eastern-kentucky-university <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Employees of Eastern Kentucky University will receive their first salary increases in several years.&nbsp; During his first Fall Convocation, </span>EKU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> President Michael Benson announced a 2.5%&nbsp;pay hike, effective October </span>1<sup>st</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 13:57:21 +0000 Charles Compton, WEKU 48612 at http://weku.fm Payraises, New Image, Beautification Effort Unveiled For Eastern Kentucky University Grammy-Award Winning Percussionist Performs at EKU http://weku.fm/post/grammy-award-winning-percussionist-performs-eku <p>Almost the entire life of Andy Narell has been devoted to mastering the steel drum.&nbsp; The steel drum, also known as the steel pan, was invented in Trinidad, where it was first made from the lids placed atop oil drums. The Grammy-Award winning percussionist describes his instrument as an engineering feat that defies the odds. Narell spoke with WEKU’s Roger Duvall. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Roger Duvall & Charles Compton, WEKU 43115 at http://weku.fm Grammy-Award Winning Percussionist Performs at EKU Mary Todd Lincoln Subject of Documentary Airing Monday http://weku.fm/post/mary-todd-lincoln-subject-documentary-airing-monday <p>Her personality, the times and her background gave <a href="http://firstladies.c-span.org/FirstLady/18/Mary-Lincoln.aspx" target="_blank">Mary Todd Lincoln</a> a place in history and made her one of the more controversial first ladies to occupy the White House.&nbsp; The Lexington native is the <a href="http://www.c-span.org/" target="_blank">subject of a documentary airing Monday on C-Span</a>.&nbsp; Producer Mark Farkas says his documentary fills gaps left by Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster film “Lincoln.”&nbsp; Reporter Stu Johnson spoke with Farkas. Fri, 19 Apr 2013 10:15:00 +0000 Stu Johnson, WEKU & Charles Compton, WEKU 42911 at http://weku.fm Mary Todd Lincoln Subject of Documentary Airing Monday Book Traces Bourbon's Influence on U.S. History http://weku.fm/post/book-traces-bourbons-influence-us-history <p>It might not be uniquely Kentuckian, but bourbon is certainly uniquely American.&nbsp; Its roots can be traced back to the first European colonists who discovered corn whisky was a nice alternative to rum. A new book from Louisville Historian Michael Veach traces bourbon’s influence on US history.&nbsp; Veach spoke with reporter Charles Compton. Fri, 22 Mar 2013 17:51:37 +0000 Charles Compton, WEKU 41668 at http://weku.fm Book Traces Bourbon's Influence on U.S. History Studio Players Explore the Roots of Sherlock Holmes http://weku.fm/post/studio-players-explore-roots-sherlock-holmes <p>Given all the updated incarnations Sherlock Holmes on television, a production this weekend by <a href="http://www.studioplayers.org/index.htm" target="_blank">Studio Players of Lexington</a> could be refreshing.&nbsp; And, while it wasn’t “murder most foul", another <a href="http://www.kentuckyrep.org/" target="_blank">theatrical tradition</a> this week gave up the ghost. With more on those events is <a href="http://copiousnotes.bloginky.com/#asuggest" target="_blank">Rich Copley</a>, who covers culture for the <a href="http://www.kentucky.com/lexgo/" target="_blank">Lexington Herald Leader</a>.&nbsp; Thu, 07 Mar 2013 19:22:49 +0000 Charles Compton, WEKU & Charles Compton, WEKU 40915 at http://weku.fm Studio Players Explore the Roots of Sherlock Holmes Ensemble Out 'On a Wire' with Virtuosic Concerto http://weku.fm/post/ensemble-out-wire-virtuosic-concerto <p>What’s perhaps the <a href="http://www.ukoperatheatre.org/" target="_blank">most popular opera in America</a> is performed this weekend in <a href="http://www.lexingtonoperahouse.com/" target="_blank">Lexington</a>.&nbsp; And tonight, a group that’s giving classical music a younger face entertains an audience at the <a href="http://Bookmarks%20Toolbar" target="_blank">Singletary Center</a>.&nbsp; With a preview of both events is <a href="http://copiousnotes.bloginky.com/#asuggest" target="_blank">Rich Copley</a>, who covers culture for the <a href="http://www.kentucky.com/lexgo/" target="_blank">Lexington Herald Leader</a>. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 11:19:47 +0000 Charles Compton, WEKU 40551 at http://weku.fm Ensemble Out 'On a Wire' with Virtuosic Concerto Stage Production Focuses on Contemporary Artist, Modern Dance Returns at UK http://weku.fm/post/stage-production-focuses-contemporary-artist-modern-dance-returns-uk <p>A contemporary artist is the focus of a <a href="http://actors-guild.org/" target="_blank">new stage production</a> in Lexington.&nbsp; Plus, modern dance is back for a second winter at the <a href="http://sweb.uky.edu/StudentOrgs/DanceEnsemble/" target="_blank">University of Kentucky</a>.&nbsp; Previewing those events and a <a href="http://www.balagula.com/" target="_blank">unique duo performing Sunday</a> is arts reporter <a href="http://copiousnotes.bloginky.com/#asuggest" target="_blank">Rich Copley</a> who covers culture for the <a href="http://www.kentucky.com/lexgo/" target="_blank">Lexington Herald Leader</a>.&nbsp; Fri, 25 Jan 2013 16:01:49 +0000 Charles Compton, WEKU & Charles Compton, WEKU 38829 at http://weku.fm Stage Production Focuses on Contemporary Artist, Modern Dance Returns at UK Lexington Art League Features Human Form, Bluegrass Music Returns in Clay City http://weku.fm/post/lexington-art-league-features-human-form-bluegrass-music-returns-clay-city <p>The mountains meet the Jersey Shore in a production staged this weekend in central Kentucky.&nbsp; Also, the season for Bluegrass music begins, if ever really ended, in Clay City. And, an art show that zooms in on the purely human form returns to Lexington.&nbsp; Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, offers a preview of this weekend's events.&nbsp; Fri, 11 Jan 2013 15:52:02 +0000 Charles Compton, WEKU , Charles Compton, WEKU , Rich Copley, Lexington Herald Leader & Rich Copley, Lexington Herald Leader & Rich Cop 38254 at http://weku.fm Lexington Art League Features Human Form, Bluegrass Music Returns in Clay City Clarence: Angel, Apparition or Alien? http://weku.fm/post/clarence-angel-apparition-or-alien <p>On December 24<sup>th</sup>, 1945, a small town businessman from upstate New York was in the fight of his life.&nbsp; Deeply troubled by a fiscal misdeed, 38-year-old George Bailey was suicidal.&nbsp; That evening’s events have since evolved into an American myth.&nbsp; Today, we re-examine his vision and explore other interpretations, including a couple of theories his “guardian angel” was not heaven sent.</p><p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 17:55:51 +0000 Charles Compton, WEKU & Charles Compton, WEKU 17641 at http://weku.fm Clarence: Angel, Apparition or Alien? Finishing Touches on a UK Opera Student http://weku.fm/post/finishing-touches-uk-opera-student <p></p><p>Technically, the vocalist is still a student, but <a href="http://www.michaelpreacely.com/">Michael Preasely</a> already has impressive work experience.&nbsp; The <a href="http://www.ukoperatheatre.org/">University of Kentucky </a>graduate student performed last summer with the <a href="http://www.cincinnatiopera.org/">Cincinnati Opera</a>.&nbsp; Last month, Preasely sang with the <a href="http://www.cincinnatipops.org/Home.php">Cincinnati Pops</a> and this month, when “Phantom of the Opera” finally premiered in Lexington, the baritone was “the Phantom.” Now, Preasely’s preparing for the biggest challenge in his career, graduation this December.&nbsp; WEKU’s Charles Compton sat-in recently with Preacely during a coaching session on UK’s Lexington campus.</p><p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Charles Compton, WEKU 34559 at http://weku.fm Finishing Touches on a UK Opera Student Students, Nation Engage in WEKU VP Prebate http://weku.fm/post/students-nation-engage-weku-vp-prebate <p>Students and faculty from Centre College today quizzed a panel of local, national and international journalists. &nbsp;The panel, convened in the Old Centre Building by WEKU Radio, was a preview of this evening's vice presidential debate. &nbsp; Participating journalists were <a href="http://www.npr.org/people/2781501/don-gonyea">Don Gonyea</a>, NPR; <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/theeditors/simon_wilson/">Simon Wilson</a>, BBC; <a href="http://www.mcclatchydc.com/lesley-clark/">Lesley Clark</a>, McClatchy&nbsp;Newspapers; and Centre political scientist<a href="http://www.centre.edu/faculty_staff/benjamin.knoll.html"> Benjamin Knoll</a>. &nbsp;They were hosted by WEKU's<a href="http://weku.fm/people/john-hingsbergen"> John Hingsbergen</a>.</p><p>The program, broadcast live in Kentucky, was carried by public radio stations from Washington DC to Washington State. &nbsp;Comments and questions were also accepted from a national audience via twitter. &nbsp; It airs again at 8:00 pm Thursday on 88.9&nbsp;WEKU.</p><p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 20:55:18 +0000 Charles Compton, WEKU 34203 at http://weku.fm Students, Nation Engage in WEKU VP Prebate Mass Grave offers Battlefield's Best Vista http://weku.fm/post/mass-grave-offers-battlefields-best-vista <p>In hindsight, we know the Battle of Perryville permanently removed Kentucky from the Confederacy.&nbsp; But, it was a Southern victory and, at the time, the issue was in doubt.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Charles Compton, WEKU 33706 at http://weku.fm Mass Grave offers Battlefield's Best Vista Prebate: A WEKU Reporters Roundtable http://weku.fm/post/prebate-weku-reporters-roundtable <p>Just hours before next Thursday’s vice presidential debate, top journalists, both national and international, gather to discuss the campaign.&nbsp;&nbsp; This WEKU special broadcast comes live from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky; the venue for the October 11 meeting of Representative Paul Ryan and Vice President Joe Biden.&nbsp;</p><p>Before a live audience at the historic Old Centre Building, panelists will preview the debate, discuss the characters of the candidates, and their political role.</p><p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 12:39:51 +0000 Charles Compton, WEKU 33924 at http://weku.fm Prebate: A WEKU Reporters Roundtable "Audacious American" Remembered on KET http://weku.fm/post/audacious-american-remembered-ket <p><strong><em>It’s likely Kentuckians today will confuse Cassius Clay, the boxer who became Muhammed Ali, with Cassius Clay, the abolitionist.&nbsp; Before the Civil War, Clay, who made his home just south of Lexington in Madison County, was a national figure who took the fight for emancipation into backyards of Kentucky’s slave holders.&nbsp; Now, a film on the life of Cassius Clay hopes to revive his memory. &nbsp;WEKU’s Charles Compton reports.</em></strong></p><p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Charles Compton, WEKU 33484 at http://weku.fm "Audacious American" Remembered on KET "Audacious" Abolitionist Premiers on Big Screen http://weku.fm/post/audacious-abolitionist-premiers-big-screen <p></p><p>A documentary revives the memory of a 19<sup>th</sup> century Kentuckian who led the fight against slavery in the south.&nbsp; The film, titled “Cassius Clay, an Audacious American” was created by Lexington Film maker Michael Breeding.&nbsp; Breeding says interest in the abolitionist is growing.</p><p> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Charles Compton, WEKU 33380 at http://weku.fm "Audacious" Abolitionist Premiers on Big Screen Back to Bax in Lexington http://weku.fm/post/back-bax-lexington <p></p><p>The end-of-summer and the beginning of the <a href="http://www.lexphil.org/classics-series.php">Lexington Philharmonic’</a>s season coincide this weekend.&nbsp; Internationally-renowned pianist <a href="http://www.alessiobax.com/">Alessio Bax</a>, who’s no stranger to the Lex-Phil, returned to central Kentucky this week for a performance of Rachmaninoff’s&nbsp;<em>Rhapsody on a Theme</em>&nbsp;by Paganini.&nbsp; Bax is featured in Friday’s Lex-Phil season opener.&nbsp;&nbsp; Also on the program is Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite.” Bax has done numerous concerts here, participating just a couple weeks ago in the <a href="http://www.chambermusiclex.com/">Chamber Music Festival of Lexington</a>. Reporter Charles Compton spoke with Bax about his growing connection to the Commonwealth.</p><p> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 15:59:59 +0000 Charles Compton, WEKU 32557 at http://weku.fm Back to Bax in Lexington Fellow Travelers on the Same Musical Road http://weku.fm/post/fellow-travelers-same-musical-road <p>It’s an old joke among musicians.&nbsp; After a sub-standard performance, one tells the other, you better keep your day job.&nbsp; It’s advice the women of <a href="http://sugartreesong.weebly.com/">Sugartree</a> say they’re sure to follow; each has a career outside of music. &nbsp;And those day jobs limit their travels, a bit.</p><p> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 10:30:00 +0000 Charles Compton, WEKU 32554 at http://weku.fm Fellow Travelers on the Same Musical Road A Healthy, Happy Meal for Humanity http://weku.fm/post/healthy-happy-meal-humanity <p>A social entrepreneur dedicated to overhauling the system that feeds America spoke last night at Eastern Kentucky University.&nbsp; Ellen Gustafson founded “The 30 Project,” which hopes to create a world where humanity has access to healthy, affordable food. She adds American families would be much happier if they gathered every evening for conversation and a healthy meal. &nbsp;Gustafson discussed dinner with WEKU's Charles Compton.</p><p> Fri, 07 Sep 2012 10:30:00 +0000 Charles Compton, WEKU 32511 at http://weku.fm A Healthy, Happy Meal for Humanity Public Art Up on the Roof http://weku.fm/post/public-art-roof <p>Most public art is at street level, where people can see it.&nbsp;&nbsp; But a new sculpture in Lexington is up on the roof.&nbsp; The piece, which resembles a multi-story, black metal wine rack, sits atop the Downtown Arts Center.&nbsp; The 70-thousand dollar structure was unveiled over the summer.&nbsp; Called “Concordia,” it was created by Dewitt Godfrey, who’s an arts professor at Colgate University.&nbsp; In a conversation with reporter Charles Compton, Godfrey explained “Concordia” is not just an expression of his imagination. It’s also some heavy-metal engineering.</p><p> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Charles Compton, WEKU 31572 at http://weku.fm Public Art Up on the Roof Blood and Guts and the Art of the Historian http://weku.fm/post/blood-and-guts-and-art-historian <p></p><p>In his books, Canadian Army Captain John Rickard&nbsp;is pure historian.&nbsp; University Press of Kentucky this summer published Rickard’s examination of General George Patton’s performance during the Battle of the Bulge…which is considered the American General’s finest hour.&nbsp; It’s Rickard’s&nbsp;second book on Patton.&nbsp; Rickard spoke with me about the art practiced by military historians, his commitment to a “just-the-facts” kind of objectivity, and his interest in George Patton.</p><p> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 17:24:13 +0000 Charles Compton, WEKU 31465 at http://weku.fm Blood and Guts and the Art of the Historian EKU President Announces Retirement http://weku.fm/post/eku-president-announces-retirement <p>During a meeting this morning of faculty and staff at Eastern Kentucky University, President Doug Whitlock announced his retirement. &nbsp;Whitlock, who&#39;s spent his higher education career at EKU, says his administration will end at the conclusion of this academic year.</p><p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 13:31:11 +0000 Charles Compton, WEKU 31317 at http://weku.fm EKU President Announces Retirement 62 Year Mountain Ministry Ends for Catholic Missionary http://weku.fm/post/62-year-mountain-ministry-ends-catholic-missionary <p><em>The Roman Catholic missionary who founded the Christian Appalachian Project died overnight.&nbsp; Since World War Two, Monsignor Ralph Beiting served the people of eastern Kentucky through a series of social service programs.&nbsp; WEKU&rsquo;s Charles Compton, who knew the Catholic priest, has this appreciation.</em></p><p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 11:14:23 +0000 Charles Compton, WEKU 30943 at http://weku.fm 62 Year Mountain Ministry Ends for Catholic Missionary Hardwoods Threatened by Out of State Pest http://weku.fm/post/hardwoods-threatened-out-state-pest <p>A new pest threatens to Kentucky&rsquo;s hardwood trees.&nbsp; This one is called the <a href="http://beetlebusters.info/">Asian Longhorned Beetle </a>and has destroyed tens of thousands of trees in the northeastern United States, Ohio and Illinois.</p><p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 16:39:25 +0000 Charles Compton, WEKU 30438 at http://weku.fm Hardwoods Threatened by Out of State Pest Learning from Penn State http://weku.fm/post/learning-penn-state <p></p><p>Educators across Kentucky were listening as the NCAA announced sanctions against Penn State.&nbsp; The school must pay a $60-million fine, it&rsquo;s banned from bowl play and every football win since 1998 was vacated.&nbsp; Eastern Kentucky University president Doug Whitlock says the NCAA sent a message to every athletic department in America.</p><p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 21:18:34 +0000 Charles Compton, WEKU 30037 at http://weku.fm Learning from Penn State Pre-Season OVC Pick is EKU's Colonels http://weku.fm/post/pre-season-ovc-pick-ekus-colonels <p></p><p>A pre-season poll of football coaches names the Eastern Kentucky University Colonels as the favorite to win the Ohio Valley Conference this fall. &nbsp;&nbsp;E-K-U last won that honor in 2009l. The Colonels, who have won a record 21 O-V-C titles, received two-thirds of the first-place votes. Jacksonville State finished second, followed by Murray State and Tennessee Tech.&nbsp; Eastern Kentucky last year had a six-and-two record in the OVC. &nbsp;This fall, the Colonels returns 17starters.&nbsp; Ten &nbsp;were named to the 20-12 preseason All-OVC team.</p><p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 15:29:36 +0000 Charles Compton, WEKU 30009 at http://weku.fm Cars for Kids at Concours d'Elegance http://weku.fm/post/cars-kids-concours-delegance <p>Hundreds of classic automobiles and thousands of people gathered over the weekend at the Keeneland Race Course for the annual <a href="http://www.keenelandconcours.com/">Concours d&rsquo;Elegance</a>.&nbsp; Besides celebrating the history, engineering and artistry of vehicles like the Packard, the event was a fundraiser for Kentucky Children&rsquo;s Hospital.&nbsp; Staffing the first aid tent was pediatric physician Erich Maul. Maul says the funds will buy high tech mannequins that can be used in training exercises. Sun, 22 Jul 2012 12:33:57 +0000 Charles Compton, WEKU 29970 at http://weku.fm Cars for Kids at Concours d'Elegance Scams Cash-in on Immigration Confusion http://weku.fm/post/scams-cash-immigration-confusion <p>Scams are targeting foreign-born workers in central Kentucky.&nbsp; In flyers, a Danville business promises to help the children of undocumented immigrants acquire work permits, drivers&rsquo; licenses and social security numbers.&nbsp; Jonathan Bialovsky, who directs the Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in Lexington, says such promises are empty.</p><p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 21:53:20 +0000 Charles Compton, WEKU 28439 at http://weku.fm Una Passione per Sportscars Italiani http://weku.fm/post/una-passione-sportscars-italiani <p>Certainly, Kentuckians love a sports car.&nbsp; When NASCAR returns to the Commonwealth later this month for a Sprint Cup Race, the turnout will rival the Kentucky Derby.&nbsp; But there are gear heads here with a taste for Italian.&nbsp; &nbsp;In other words, people like Lexington Businessman Tom Jones collect the Maserati. Jones discussed his decades-old passion with WEKU&nbsp;reporter Charles Compton.</p><p> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 10:30:00 +0000 Charles Compton, WEKU 27999 at http://weku.fm Una Passione per Sportscars Italiani Layoffs at UK, None at EKU http://weku.fm/post/layoffs-uk-none-eku <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/06/05/2213578/university-of-kentucky-begins.html#storylink=omni_popular#wgt=pop">While layoffs are reportedly underway at the University of Kentucky</a>, cutbacks at Eastern Kentucky University should be less painful. &nbsp;<em>&ldquo;While we are not having lay-offs, in the sense that the University of Kentucky did, we are having on this campus a fairly significant reduction in the workforce,&rdquo; said EKU President Doug Whitlock.</em></p><p> Wed, 06 Jun 2012 17:59:04 +0000 Charles Compton, WEKU & Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald Leader 27630 at http://weku.fm Layoffs at UK, None at EKU Linking the College with the Town http://weku.fm/post/linking-college-town <p>In college towns, locals are often in conflict with school officials and students.&nbsp; An organization dedicated to eliminating such conflict holds its annual conference this week at Eastern Kentucky University.&nbsp; Kim Griffo, who&rsquo;s executive director of the International Town and Gown Association, sees a lot of friction between students and their neighbors. Wed, 06 Jun 2012 10:49:08 +0000 Charles Compton, WEKU 27599 at http://weku.fm