John Hingsbergen

Associate Manager/Program Director

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1:36pm

Mon January 19, 2015
-Eastern Standard

Eastern Standard, Is Fracking Coming to Kentucky?

From left: Jim Scheff, Bill Barr, Brandon Nuttall.
Credit Richard Turner

Kentucky landowners have reported being approached by companies wishing to lease their land, potentially for large scale oil and gas production.   The region in question, referred to as the Rogersville Shale, stretches across Eastern Kentucky and into neighboring West Virginia.    


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6:30am

Mon January 19, 2015
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Q Getting on Nerves and Traffic Info Needed

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A listener choosing to remain anonymous, left the following for us last week, “Lately, the program Q is beginning to get on my nerves. I don’t know what has changed about it but I’m suggesting that you not renew them.”

  Q, provided to public radio stations in the U.S. by Public Radio International, is in the process of selecting a new permanent host to replace Jian Ghomeshi who was released some months ago by the Candadian Broadcasting Corporation. We’re glad to have the comments but choosing to take a “wait and see” attitude until the CBC gets things settled out.

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10:25pm

Mon January 12, 2015
-Eastern Standard

Creating a Smoke-Free Kentucky on Eastern Standard

In his final State of the Commonwealth address, Governor Steve Beshear called for passage of a statewide workplace smoking ban. Already, cigarettes have already been snuffed out in many businesses, restaurants and campuses across the Bluegrass State and on this week's Eastern Standard, we'll talk smoking bans.

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6:30am

Mon January 12, 2015
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Listener Unhappy with NPR's Natural Gas Funding

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We had a note in response to our December fundraising letter that went out to people who have donated in the past. Tyler commented, “It is with much regret that…I will not be donating any money to NPR for the foreseeable future.” 

Tyler went on, “I cannot in good conscience give money to an organization that takes money from the natural gas industry. People are dying and you are benefiting from it.  It also makes me deeply doubt your ability to be impartial.”

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6:30am

Mon January 5, 2015
Listener Feedback

Feedback: What's With the 90 Days of Fundraising?

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By email just yesterday, listener Woodson wrote, “I know you’ve been inviting listener feedback, so:  Did we not just hear today’s episode of America’s Test Kitchen last week?”

While offering an apology, I wrote back, explaining that these shows arrive as digital audio files to be downloaded and entered into our computer system and, if there was a problem, it would be a problem with the downloading. Either way, we should have checked more thoroughly to assure we were airing the correct episode.”

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9:39pm

Fri January 2, 2015
-Eastern Standard

Eastern Standard: Video Games in the Classroom

Dr. George Landon, John Meister, and Richie Hoagland, joining host John Hingsbergen.
Credit Logan Riley

This week's show is an encore from Sept. 18, 2014. 

Microsoft has purchased Mojang, the developer of the popular video game Minecraft for $2.5 Billion. On this week's show, we'll discuss the video game industry and the Commonwealth's first academic program dedicated to video game development at Eastern Kentucky University.

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6:30am

Mon December 29, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Story Identifies Wrong Miami, Marketplace Shows "Excellent"

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An astute listener and visitor to our website noticed an inaccuracy in our story headlined,  EKU Takes to the Court Monday After Historic Win at Miami

Richard wrote, “Sorry folks, but EKU did not even play Miami University.


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10:21am

Mon December 22, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: More Comments with Year-End Donations

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Listeners are continuing to send in comments with end of year donations.  This week, we’ll share a few more of them, such as this one from Dr. Gary, from Lexington, “We listen while at work and enjoy a wide variety of topics but particularly those related to food and beverages. We test alcoholic beverages and you have covered the industry well this past year.”

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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

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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?

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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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