John Hingsbergen

Associate Manager/Program Director

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6:44pm

Mon December 15, 2014
-Eastern Standard

Winter Weather on Eastern Standard

Send your questions, comments or stories about winter weather in the Commonwealth to wekueasternstandard@gmail.com, post on Facebook, send a tweet @wekuest or call 859-622-1657 and leave a voice message.
Credit transportation.ky.gov

Winter doesn’t start officially until this weekend but we’ve already had some tastes of the wind and the cold to come. On this week’s Eastern Standard, we ask the question What’s the Forecast: Winter Weather in the Commonwealth.

We’re interested in your questions, comments and stories. 

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6:00am

Mon December 15, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Fund Drive Comments & NPR App

Send your feedback to: WEKU@eku.edu, post on Facebook, send a tweet @889weku or call 859-622-1657

Leonard wrote, “Just wanted to inform you, incase you were not aware, that your station is missing from the NPR App from the list of stations. I would prefer listening through the app instead of finding the website because once the phone goes into standby mode, the website will stop streaming while the NPR App on iPhone will continue to stream whatever is planing. Please fix this by adding your station to the NPR App to make for an easy listening experience.”

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1:54pm

Wed December 10, 2014
-Eastern Standard

Sustainable Energy in Kentucky on Eastern Standard

Clockwise from left: Kenya Stump, Chris Woolery, John Hingsbergen, Bobby Clark.
Credit Richard Turner

In 2013, renewable sources of energy accounted for about 10% of total U.S. energy consumption and 13% of electricity generation. On this week’s Eastern Standard, we will be discussing sustainable energy initiatives in Kentucky and what alternative energy sources the state can support.  

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1:41pm

Mon December 8, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Listener Stuck in Phone System

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Robert left us a voice message last Friday, attempting to pass on some traffic information while the Lexington Traffic Management Center website was out of commission.  He called the main station number only to find he was stuck in voice mail limbo, “And I spent 15 minutes listening to the person say, ‘We’ll get to you to take your pledge, the recording over and over.” 

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8:48am

Mon December 1, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: On Being Reza Aslan & Interrupted 'Turkey'

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Listener Dr. Laura wrote to us last Sunday, “What happened with On Being this morning? I was very much looking forward to the interview with Reza Aslan only to find you were repeating the interview about Bach. Was this a technical error? Deliberate decision? Whatever the case, it was very disappointing.”

We are especially remorseful about this programming error. It turns out that our operations staff were cleaning out some old computer commands and accidentally eliminated the instructions that cause each week's On Being program to overwrite that of the previous week.

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9:54pm

Sat November 29, 2014
-Eastern Standard

EKU President Benson on Eastern Standard

Send your questions or comments before the show to: wekueasternstandard@gmail.com, post on Facebook, send a tweet @889weku or call 859-622-1657

On our next Eastern Standard, Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson. We’ll discuss Dr. Benson’s goals and achievements since coming to Eastern in 2013 and look forward to your questions and comments.

Send your questions or comments in advance to wekueasternstandard@gmail dot com or leave a voice message at 859-622-1657.

Or call in when you tune in for the “live” show Thursday morning at 11:00 on 88-9 WEKU.

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6:30am

Mon November 24, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Why Did You Silence the Silent Man?

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Linda emailed us on Saturday morning, “You have been advertising the story of the man who stopped talking for 17 years and then you silenced him again just as he was explaining why he stopped talking. Seemed a bit rude to me.”

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10:24pm

Sun November 23, 2014
Breaking

EKU Locked Down Following Report of Gunman on Campus

Eastern Kentucky University issued an alert Sunday night following a report of a person with a gun on the Richmond campus. After sending an initial notice to students, faculty and staff at 9:24 pm, university officials issued a "Secure In Place - Hide Out" alert at 9:35 pm.  This alert was issued following a report of an attempted robbery outside the university's Clay Hall.

WEKU is following the story and will have more information when it is available. Follow this link to information posted on the EKU website. 

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3:11pm

Tue November 18, 2014
-Eastern Standard

Beer & Bourbon in the Bluegrass on Eastern Standard

Dr. Darrin Smith and Hal Gervis of Alltech Brewing and Distilling join host John Hingsbergen in studio to discuss Beer and Bourbon in the Bluegrass

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 EST, we’ll discuss the impact of Beer and Bourbon in the Bluegrass.

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6:30am

Mon November 17, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Keeping an Eye on the Signals & More Reaction to Passing of Car Talk's Tom Magliozzi

New meter display that allows station operators to confirm visually that all stations are on the air! From the top down, it's WEKU, WEKH, WEKF, WEKP and on the bottom, Classic 102.1 WKYL.

This past week, we shared with our Facebook followers a picture of some new equipment we have installed in the Master Control Room for the WEKU Stations.  It’s an idea whose time has come, a set of volume meters that allow us to see the return air signals from the four WEKU news and information stations and also our music outlet, Classic 102.1.

It’s just one step in our recent efforts to make sure we are delivering a reliable signal for all our listeners.

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7:49am

Mon November 10, 2014
-Eastern Standard

PTSD, Veterans' Issues on Eastern Standard

Brad Jones is a former Marine captain and the author of the novel Black Walls Turn Gray
Credit Jonese Franklin

A  new novel by a Lexington-based author Brad Jones addresses issues of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and care for our nation’s veterans. During this PTSD Awareness Month, we’ll hear more about the novel Black Walls Turn Gray and discuss the experiences of this former Marine who served in Afghanistan.

This program, during the week of Veterans' Day. is an encore of a show that aired this past June. 

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6:00am

Mon November 10, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: How About Madison Co. Election Returns?

Send your feedback to: WEKU@eku.edu, call 859-622-1657, post on Facebook or send a tweet @889weku

Listener Patrick, of Richmond, emailed us, “Great job on the election results synopsis on your 6 a.m. newscast this morning. Such a shame you didn’t bother to share the results from the city your station calls home."

Patrick continues, "Sure, it’s interesting to know that the incumbent Mayor of Lexington won re-election, but how hard would it have been to tell your loyal local listeners how the Richmond Mayoral race went? You went on and on about all the Lexington results, but didn’t mention one Richmond or Madison County result.

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6:55am

Mon November 3, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Time Change Issues, More on Ghomeshi & Q

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Apologies are in order as the time change did not go so well. Joan, in Clark County emailed us Sunday, “Waiting for Terry to come on at 5 A.M. this Sunday morning but Alley continued as if there had not been a time change.”

By way of confession from yours truly, While filling in for our Operations Manager, who took a long weekend, I made am adjustment to the Sunday morning automation playlist that I thought was going to fill the extra hour smoothly.  But, I miscalculated.

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5:34am

Mon November 3, 2014
-Eastern Standard

Election Review on Eastern Standard

Send your comments before the show then tune in Thursday morning at 11:00

The mid-term election will be behind us, but we'll take one more opportunity to discuss it on this week's show. We'll be interested in your reactions to the results, from the point of view of the Commonwealth.

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10:52pm

Tue October 28, 2014
-Eastern Standard

Reporters' Roundtable on Election on Eastern Standard

Jonese Franklin joins host John Hingsbergen on Eastern Standard.
Credit Logan Riley

Next week, the citizens of Lexington will elect a mayor and fill nine of 15 seats on the Urban-County Council.  Kentuckians will choose their six representatives to the U.S. House and on one of the state’s two Senators. On this week’s EST, a Reporters’ Roundtable on the election. 

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5:31pm

Tue October 28, 2014
All Politics are Local

Barr, Jensen Debate Audio/Video

Republican incumbent Andy Barr, left, listened as his Democratic challenger, Elisabeth Jensen, made a point during a televised debate Monday night in Richmond. They disagreed on almost everything, particularly the role of government.
Credit MARK MAHAN — Herald-Leader

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.) and Democratic challenger Elisabeth Jensen took the stage at the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts Monday, Oct. 27 in a debate for the Sixth Congressional District seat.

Televised live by WKYT-TV’s The CW Lexington (Channel 27.2) and moderated by Channel 27 news anchor and political editor Bill Bryant, the debate also aired on WEKU-FM (88.9).

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6:00am

Mon October 27, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Jian Ghomeshi Dismissal and Better Traffic Coverage on Listeners' Minds

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WEKU listeners have been weighing in on yesterday’s news of the dismissal of Q host Jian Ghomeshi by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 

Tom Johnston writes, Say it ain't so! I love this guy.

Lisa M Pasbjerg “BOO! I love his show!!!!”

Thomas Crabtree “Horrible news!”

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6:00am

Mon October 27, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Jian Ghomeshi Dismissal and Better Traffic Coverage on Listeners' Minds

Send your Feedback by email to: WEKU@eku.edu, post on Facebook, send a tweet @889weku or call 859-622-1657

WEKU listeners have been weighing in on yesterday’s news of the dismissal of Q host Jian Ghomeshi by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 

Tom Johnston writes, Say it ain't so! I love this guy.

Lisa M Pasbjerg “BOO! I love his show!!!!”

Thomas Crabtree “Horrible news!”

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7:24pm

Sun October 26, 2014
Station News & Events

Q Host Jian Ghomeshi Dismissed from CBC

"The CBC's relationship with Jian Ghomeshi, host of the cultural affairs radio show Q, has ended," the network announced Sunday."  

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation posted the story on the news section of its website Sunday afternoon, quoting a news release from the network, "The CBC is saddened to announce its relationship with Jian Ghomeshi has come to an end. This decision was not made without serious deliberation and careful consideration. Jian has made an immense contribution to the CBC and we wish him well," the network said in a statement.

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6:30am

Mon October 20, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Chasing Down Saturday Morning Problems

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We’re grateful to those who contacted us about technical problems Saturday morning that delayed a number of programs and preempted almost an hour of Weekend Edition. For example, from Sara at 7:09 am, “Tuned in for Bob Edwards Weekend but getting Rick Steves instead...”

From Madeline, “It’s 8:20 and no Weekend Edition. I love Bob Edwards but know I'm missing Scott Simon. Am I going to have to go online to get it?”

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12:12am

Mon October 20, 2014
-Eastern Standard

On Eastern Standard: How Concerned Should We Be About Ebola?

Since May, there have been three persons investigated for Ebola contamination in Fayette County.  While none of those cases tested positive, the outbreak in West Africa and the fact that two Americans have gotten the disease have raised concerns all over the U.S.  On this week’s Eastern Standard, how concerned should WE be about Ebola?

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3:05pm

Tue October 14, 2014
-Eastern Standard

Detecting & Overcoming Breast Cancer on Eastern Standard

Dee Wooley (center) at Frankfort Fire Station #1, April 2012.

While most people are aware of breast cancer today, many forget to take the steps to detect the disease in its early stages. During this Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we'll discuss the disease, how it is detected and treated and meet a survivor.

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6:30am

Mon October 13, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Reactions to Eastern Standard Heroin Discussion

Send your feedback by email to: WEKU@eku.edu, post on Facebook, send a tweet @889weku or call 859-622-1657

We had many great comments from listeners who made donations during last week’s fund drive. Hopefully, we can share some of them next week but, this week, I’m passing on some reactions to the Eastern Standard discussion about the explosion of Heroin deaths in Lexington.

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6:45pm

Fri October 10, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Here's the Audio/Video: Beatty/Gray Mayoral Debate

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Both candidates for Lexington mayor agree that employment must be a key focus of local government.

Incumbent Mayor Jim Gray and challenger Anthany Beatty took center stage Wednesday night at Transylvania University, in a debate sponsored by the school and the Lexington Forum. 

Here's the audio from our radio broadcast: 

    

And, here's the video from LEX-18 TV's telecast;

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6:30am

Mon October 6, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Where is Marketplace Morning Rpt & Suggestions for African-American, Native Shows

Send your feedback by email, postal mail, Facebook or Twitter. You can leave a voice message at 859-622-1657.

Here’s a note we received by postal mail from listener Daniel, “For all five days this week, WEKU has not broadcast” ‘Marketplace Morning Report” between 7:50 and 8:00 am. Is this change in programming temporary (I hope) or permanent? I tried to get a clue from your website but my machine locked up.” He adds, “I will no longer be visiting your website.” 

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5:37pm

Sat October 4, 2014
-Eastern Standard

Lexington's Heroin Explosion on Eastern Standard

Van Ingram, Executive Director for the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, and Josh Nadzam, writer for under-main.com, join Host John Hingsbergen in-studio to discuss the renewed prevalence of heroin addiction in the Commonwealth.

From 2002 through 2006, there were no reported deaths from Heroin overdose in Lexington. Compare that to 44 such fatalities in 2013 and there’s apparently a problem. On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll meet the the researcher and creator of a multi-media report on the Explosion of Heroin Addiction in Lexington. 

Guests for this week's show: Josh Nadzam - Researcher and writer for UnderMain (under-main.com); 

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6:30am

Mon September 29, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Thanks for Common Core Show, Station Audio Improvements

Send your feedback by email to: WEKU (at) EKU (dot) EDU, call 859-622-1657, post on Facebook or send a tweet @889weku

On Facebook, Laurie weighed in on the discussion raised last week by Robert, who was echoing our friend Tom Martin on the issue use of the word, “So” at the beginning of answers by guests on talk shows.  Laurie wrote, “I heard this on the listener feedback segment this morning, and I wanted to add my agreement. This phenomenon of "So...." drives me batty! And I hear it on almost every show that involves someone being interviewed.”

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11:24pm

Sun September 28, 2014
-Eastern Standard

Re-Defining Marriage on Eastern Standard

Kentuckians as well as folks in Tennessee, Ohio and Michigan are waiting on a ruling on same-sex marriage from the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. Knowing that a ruling could come soon…and in light of growing speculation of the issue going to the nation’s highest court, we’ll discuss Re-defining marriage on this week’s EST.

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12:58am

Wed September 24, 2014
-Eastern Standard

Common Core Education Standards on Eastern Standard

In-studio guest Richard Innes and host John Hingsbergen discuss Kentucky Common Core Standards with President of the Council for Post-secondary Education Robert King and Karen Kidwell, Director of the Division of Program Standards at the Kentucky Department of Education.

Earlier this year, Kentucky school officials announced an effort to gather public input on Common Core educational standards.  The standards represent what students in kindergarten through high school should know by the end of each grade.

We're interested in your questions and comments. Send them to: wekueasternstandard@gmail.com, call 859-622-1657 or send a tweet @889wekuWEKU..

 

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6:30am

Mon September 22, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Missing Element in Danville Story & What's Up With 'So?'

Send your feedback to us by email at: WEKU (at) EKU (dot) EDU, post on Facebook, send a tweet @889weku or call 859-622-1657.

From the Listener Comment Line, a caller choosing to remain anonymous tells us we, along with other area media, missed an element of a recent story from Danville.

The caller says, “A young girl got shot.  What failed to be reported by every single news station is the fact that she was treated at the local hospital, with a lot of work from a lot of team members who put a lot of heart and love into her care.  And yet, it was gleaned over and simply stated that she was flown to U.K.”

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