John Hingsbergen

Associate Manager/Program Director

Ways to Connect

Michael Benson, PhD

It’s been a busy Fall Semester on the  campuses of Eastern Kentucky University. In fact 2015 has been a busy and eventful year in many unusual ways. On this week’s show, we’ll welcome EKU President Michael Benson. We’ll talk about what’s been going on and his views of the future for the school serving Central and Eastern Kentucky and beyond.

On Tuesday morning, John Mark left a message to register discontent over our disruption of the weekly broadcast of Kentucky Tonight and its discussion of the upcoming session of the General Assembly. We chose to do so because of what we were told was an impending news briefing by President Obama including the President of France.  

The interruption was especially disruptive since the President did not speak until well after the broadcast of Kentucky Tonight was scheduled to end.

Here’s an email we received from listener, Andrea, “I love getting my news and features from WEKU and NPR. I’ve noticed that when the local announcer gives the weather during station breaks many times the forecast is given but not the current temperature." 


As we approach the celebration of Thanksgiving, our nation observes Native American Heritage Month in November.  It's intended as a way of recognizing the contributions of Native Americans and continuing to strengthen government-to-government ties with tribal nations.

On this week's show, we'll welcome the EKU Chautauqua Lecture Series' keynote speaker for Native American Heritage Month, Dr. Anton Treuer. He is Executive Director of the American Indian Resource Center and Professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University.

On Friday evening, we chose to preempt some of our evening programming, namely the Dinner Party Download, This American Life and SNAP Judgment so we could carry special coverage of the Paris attacks.  We’ve had numerous comments from listeners endorsing that choice. 

Among them is a tweet from Joe who wrote, “Great choice. Thank you for your continued excellence.”

The WEKU stations will provide "live" coverage of the funeral service for fallen Richmond Police Officer Daniel Ellis Wednesday morning beginning at 11:00.  

The radio broadcast, anchored by WEKU's John Hingsbergen and Roger Duvall, will continue until the end of the service being held at Eastern Kentucky University's Alumni Coliseum.

From the program for the service:

My Old Kentucky Home

WEKU, the public radio service of Eastern Kentucky University, is among seven public media stations in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia that will share a $445,000 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to establish an Ohio River Regional Journalism Collaboration. 

Kentucky governor-elect Matt Bevin has been vocal in his support for so-called "right-to-work" legislation.  On this week's show, we'll discuss the issue as well as the role of labor unions in Kentucky.

Send your questions, comments and personal stories before the show to:, post below or on the Facebook page.  You can send a tweet @wekuest or leave a voicemail at 859-622-1657.

On Thursday morning, Facebook visitor Peter posted, “Eastern Standard is interviewing a homeopathic doctor about the flu and vaccinations. Are you kidding me? Why not interview a faith healer while you're at it?” To which, Erik commented, “Not just a homeopath, a quantum nutritionist, whatever the hell that means.”   

That entire show is of course available at WEKU dot fm or downloadable as a podcast.

Listener Lee, from Lexington, responded to Tuesday night’s election coverage…

WEKU brings you complete coverage of the 2015 Election throughout the evening. 

Stay with us for hourly updates from NPR followed by reports from Kentucky Public Radio at four minutes past each hour, starting at 7:04.

The flu season of October 2014 through May 2015 was one of the most severe in recent years. This year’s flu season has kicked off with the first cases being reported in Jefferson and Kenton counties.

On this week’s show, we'll focus on the flu season already upon us and the efforts we can all make to avoid catching the bug.

Guests: Dr. Kraig Humbaugh- Deputy Public Health Commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Public Health.

Phyllis Bryden - Associate Professor of Health Promotion and Administration. 

First up, thanks to Facebook fan Mick Jeffries of Lexington who posted, “Don't miss Lexington's own Kurt Gohde talking about the Kentucky Meat Shower on America's Test Kitchen on 88.9 WEKU between 11-noon!” 

For those who missed it, we’ve posted a link to this week’s America’s Test Kitchen within our web post of this week’s Feedback at WEKU dot FM.

  Kentucky's "Constitutional Offices" are on the November 2015 ballot.  On Tuesday, voters statewide will elect a new Governor and Lieutenant Governor as well as a Secretary of State, Attorney General, Auditor of Public Accounts, State Treasurer and Commissioner of Agriculture.

On this week’s show we discuss the election with journalists covering the campaigns and the election.

As we mentioned last Monday, the six days and one hour of our fall fund drive served as a time of intense listener feedback.  I begin with a special message of thanks to all who supported the station during the drive, allowing us to reach our goal of $75,000 by the end of the drive last Tuesday evening.

The Breeders’ Cup Championships take place at Keeneland October 30 and 31. However, the horse races are just part of the festivities in Lexington and Central Kentucky.

On this week’s Eastern Standard, the Breeders’ Cup Festival and how Lexington will highlight local culture through local food, music, and celebration of the Commonwealth’s history of horse racing and breeding.

This week's guests: Craig Fravel, President and CEO of Breeders’ Cup Limited;

Kip Cornett, Chairman of the 2015 Keeneland Host Committee;

Last week’s Eastern Standard show featuring EKU’s President and emergency officials discussing the school’s reaction a threat posted in graffiti in a campus restroom received a lot of interest and attention. 

Noah Day

  Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death and other HEALTH complications in the U.S. and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  On this week’s show, we’ll discuss the growing epidemic, and how we can reverse this trend.

Send us your questions or comments before the show to, leave a voice message at 859-622-1657 or call in when you tune in for Eastern Standard. Thursday morning at 11:00.

On the station website at, listener Don wrote a comment in response to a news story by reporter Stu Johnson, headlined Eastern Kentucky Residents Steadily Moving Forward Following Summer Floods,  Don wrote, “Wonderful writing Stu! Keep reporting on life and living!”

Noah Day

Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson joins us on this week’s Eastern Standard. or feel free to follow him on Twitter @EKUPrez

Other guests include:

Brian Makinen, EKU's Director of Public Safety and Risk.

We begin this week with a comment from an anonymous listener about traffic reports, “Well, it’s 7:52 in the morning on the 21st of September and traffic is backed up from Versailles Rd. to the first Versailles exit on the Bluegrass Parkway, and the morning drive host is telling us there are no delays to be concerned about.  You don’t have anybody spotting for you or your head’s in the sand or something.” 

According to the Kentucky Distillers Association, about 9,000 people owe their paychecks to the distilling industry which brings in over 300 million dollars in taxes for the state. More than 8,000 people are employed in jobs related to the brewing and distribution of beer.  That industry adds 160 million in tax revenue. 

On this week’s show, an encore of our November 2014 discussion on the impact of Beer and Bourbon in the Bluegrass.

Last week we mentioned that we forwarded a question to NPR from listener Antoinette, “Is it true that NPR will not include Bernie Sanders as a viable candidate for the democratic presidential nomination?”

NPR released a statement in response to questions of this type, referring specifically to a story titled “Biden Fuels Speculation Of Presidential Run With College Affordability Speech.” 

The City of Lexington has approved the relocation of its services for homeless persons. While the move has had some opposition from area businesses, the city’s Director of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention sees it as a major step forward, saying it will provide more convenience for service providers and clients and a higher quality of service. 


Homelessness in Central Kentucky is our topic on this week’s Eastern Standard.

A Lexington listener emailed us, asking to remain anonymous.  He begins by saying, “Thanks for the rush hour traffic reports.”  He then points out that we sometimes mispronounce one of the boulevards in Lexington, saying,  “Aristides is pronounced with the accent on the second “i,” which is a “long” “i,” as in Aphrodite, instead of like Euripides.”  

Aristides, the horse, won the first Kentucky Derby in 1875.

Noah Day

In light of recent events related to the issuance of marriage licenses for same-sex couples, separation of church and state has been on the minds of many Kentuckians. On this week's show, we'll discuss Separation of Church and State.


Dan Bennett, assistant professor of political science at Eastern Kentucky University, whose research focuses on the intersection of politics, law, and religion in the United States.

  Dr. Dorothy Edwards is passionate about eliminating the problem of sexual violence in our society and specifically on college campuses. On this week's show we'll hear from the author and creator of the Green Dot prevention program and discuss efforts to eliminate sexual violence in Kentucky.


More than 43 percent of teens report being bullied online. That’s according to a recent study commissioned by the National Crime Prevention Council. Bullying, online and in-person, has been cited as a cause of teens becoming depressed and physically ill and missing school, even considering suicide.

On this week’s EST, bullying as a Commonwealth problem. We'll spoke with our guests about the harmful effects of bullying, and what's being done to solve this problem.

Guests this week include:

Last week we brought you some comments from listeners who stopped by to see us at two area festivals, namely the Woodland Art Fair and Crave Lexington. Here are some more comments from the weekends of August 15th and 16th and the 22nd and 23rd.    

The news story on the WEKU website headlined,  Judge Orders County Clerk to Issue Marriage Licenses by August 31st, received a number of comments in the Disqus area attached to the story.

Among those comments, one from a writer self-identifying as “Stryke,”  “So, in America, a land of laws, any little two-bit clerk can just pick and choose which ones he/she will abide by and enforce? Regardless of Supreme Court rulings? Have we gone utterly insane?” 

  African Americans were among the first settlers of Kentucky.  Since then, they have played significant roles as builders, entrepreneurs, politicans, doctors, soldiers….and the list goes on and on.

On this week’s show, the new Kentucky African American Encyclopedia.  We’ll meet the people who made it happen and learn some of the facts and stories in this nearly 600-page volume.