John Hingsbergen

Associate Manager/Program Director

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6:00am

Mon July 27, 2015
Listener Feedback

Feedback: More Questions About Hazard, Friday Evening Changes, Jonese Franklin's Voice

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Here's an email we received from listener, Jerry, "I  live in Johnson City, Tennessee and my family lives in Lee County Virginia. We can no longer hear WEKU on the radio. Please get it back on the air. What is the problem?"

Jerry's email represents numerous emails, phone calls and other messages we’ve been receiving for the greater part of the past two weeks.

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10:01pm

Sun July 26, 2015
-Eastern Standard

Projected Effects of Climate Change on Eastern Standard

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An organization focused on quantifying economic risks and impacts of climate change, Risky Business, is releasing a report this week on its effects on the Southeastern United States, including Kentucky.

On this week’s Eastern Standard, we discuss the projected harmful effects of climate on the Commonwealth.

 

Our guests for this week's program are:

Dr. Alice Jones, a proffessor from EKU's department of Geosciences.

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4:42pm

Mon July 20, 2015
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Big Trouble on 90.9 in Hazard, Online Schedule Issues

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We’ve had another major problem with our transmitter at 90.9 FM. It went off the air last Tuesday morning during a thunderstorm and our engineer worked two full days trying to get it back to full power. Sadly, Phil Hayes was unable to do so and apparently the outdated and elderly equipment has passed the terminal stage.

    

The signal is back on the air operating at very low-power until further notice. Thankfully, we are able to provide service once again to immediate Hazard/Perry County area and communities nearby.

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12:32pm

Mon July 13, 2015
-Eastern Standard

The Basics of Islam on Eastern Standard

Eastern Standard host John Hingsbergen with Dr. Richard Cahill.
Credit Richard Turner

As the annual observance of Ramadan draws to a close, on this week’s show, we’ll focus on the basics of Islam.  This is an encore of a show that originally aired July 31, 2014. 

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12:23pm

Mon July 13, 2015
Listener Feedback

Feedback: New Friday Eve Schedule, Online Stories & Keep the "ee" in Kentucky

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Last week we aired a comment from Mona, concerned that we were canceling The Dinner Party Download.  I wrote to her explaining the new Friday evening schedule and here’s part of her response, “As you surmised, I discovered (to my delight) on Friday evening that Dinner Party Download had simply been shuffled in the day's schedule -- it is such a great way to kick off the weekend!"


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6:00am

Mon July 6, 2015
Listener Feedback

Feedback: More on Car Talk, What About Dinner Party Download and Podcasts?

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Here’s another response to the question of whether listeners still appreciate Car Talk in its current form as a “best of” program. Jana, of Frankfort writes, “I actually started listening to WEKU rather than another area station because you carry Car Talk."  

Jana continued, "I enjoy the old episodes and listen nearly every Saturday morning while I lounge around trying not to get up and do anything productive!”

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10:42pm

Sun July 5, 2015
-Eastern Standard

Talking Cars on Eastern Standard

L-R, John Hingsbergen, Ken Hold, George Schweikle

  As this year's Keeneland Concours d'Elegance revs up, we'll talk cars on this week's show.  Let's talk about your favorite car, maybe your first or the one that got away and that you wished you had never gotten rid of.

Guests: Kenneth Hold, founding member of the Keeneland Concours & George Schweikle, Director of Filed Operations for the Keeneland Concours.

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6:30am

Mon June 29, 2015
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Car Talk Replies & Why All Those Morning Edition Promos?

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Last week, we aired a Facebook message from listener Rebecca, wondering if others shared her view that it was time to re-think the airing of The Best of Car Talk and we tossed it to you.  As of this weekend, we have had a total of three responses.  One from Tom in Lexington agreeing with Rebecca. 

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7:32pm

Sun June 28, 2015
-Eastern Standard

Same-Sex Marriage in the Commonwealth on Eastern Standard

Same-sex marriage supporters outside the Supreme Court after the ruling
Noah Day

  The Supreme Court last week issued a much-anticipated ruling last week, declaring that marriage can no longer be denied to same-sex couple anywhere in the U.S.  On this week's show, we’ll meet some of the people involved in the issue in the Commonwealth. 

Our guests on this week's program are:

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1:05pm

Fri June 26, 2015
Developing

Gov. Beshear Orders Immediate Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage

Credit The Frankfort State Journal

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 26, 2015) – “The fractured laws across the country concerning same-sex marriage had created an unsustainable and unbalanced legal environment, wherein citizens were treated differently depending on the state in which they resided.  That situation was unfair, no matter which side of the debate you may support.


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6:30am

Mon June 22, 2015
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Correcting NPR Juneteenth Info, Questioning Continued Viability of Car Talk

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On the Listener Comment Line, Susan left the following message on Friday morning, “Roughly at 8:45, you said that Juneteenth was the anniversary of the last state in the Union freeing its slaves. 150 years ago today, slaves had not yet been freed in Kentucky.”   

Susan goes on to tell us, “Because we were not a secessionist state, our state continued to hold some of our people in slavery in violation of their dignity.”

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12:45am

Mon June 22, 2015
Station News & Events

90.9 FM WEKH, Hazard Off the Air

Transmitter problems that developed over the weekend have taken 90.9 FM WEKH off the air. 

 

Engineers are working on diagnosing the problem and getting the station back on the air.

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10:19pm

Sun June 21, 2015
-Eastern Standard

Church Shooting's Meaning for Us on Eastern Standard

L-R Sen. Reginald Thomas (D);Dr. Jimmy Kirby, ThD;Pastor Marsha Moors-Charles

The shooting of nine people worshiping in a church in Charleston, South Carolina causes us to ask, what does it mean to us? 

Guests:

Dr. Jimmy Kirby, Th D, expert on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and scholar focusing on Christian Education and Social Ethics;

Rev. Marsha Moors-Charles, Pastor of Bluegrass United Church of Christ, Lexington; 

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9:04am

Wed June 17, 2015
-Eastern Standard

Filmmaking in Kentucky on Eastern Standard

"Live" Thursday mornings at 11:00 on WEKU.

Kentucky Filmmaker Jason Epperson has produced a documentary focusing on UK Basketball fandom. Meanwhile, there are many other film projects underway in the Commonwealth, intended for audiences ranging from narrow-interest to the general public.

This past session, the Kentucky General Assembly passed legislation expanding incentive programs for filmmaking in Kentucky.

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10:36am

Tue June 16, 2015
Listener Feedback

Feedback: NPR Kindle App, Mail List Issue, WKYL Reception Tip

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Pat emails us, “I love the NPR app for my Kindle, but WEKU seems to have disappeared.  I have tried zip code, city/state and call letters with no success. Any search tips?” 

We’re not sure what’s going on with the Kindle app for NPR but we’re going to check it out and report back to our listeners at a later date.

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6:30am

Mon June 8, 2015
Listener Feedback

Feedback on Eastern Ky Economy, UN-Drive & Classical Music

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From the WEKU Facebook page, some comments about this week’s Eastern Standard show on the Shaping Our Appalachian Region Initiative and the economy of Eastern Kentucky.

Lisa wrote, “ Enjoyed this show and hearing the plans for Eastern Kentucky. Nice job Ian Mooers, your associates, and the host. This is always a good show.”

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12:11am

Sun June 7, 2015
-Eastern Standard

Dean Allen Ault on Law Enforcement on Eastern Standard

Eastern Standard host John Hingsbergen (left) with Dean Allen Ault

Allen Ault is Dean of the College of Justice and Safety at Eastern Kentucky University.  As Dean Ault prepares to retire, we’ll discuss the death penalty, police/community relations and law enforcement trends today on Eastern Standard.

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10:12am

Mon June 1, 2015
-Eastern Standard

SOAR Update on Eastern Standard

L-R John Hingsbergen; Sandi Curd; Ian Mooers

We'll learn about the latest developments with the Shaping Our Appalachian Region initiative and we're interested in your questions, comments and stories. 

Guests include: Gov. Steve Beshear; Ian Patrick Mooers, Executive Director of the Center for Economic Development at Eastern Kentucky; and Sandi Curd Program Coordinator of the Kentucky Promise Zone

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9:53am

Mon June 1, 2015
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Eastern Standard Show with Gonyea and (of course) Tech Issues

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We had two tweets at the end of the week from John Paul, regarding last week’s broadcast of Eastern Standard featuring NPR national political correspondent Don Gonyea, John Paul wrote, “Interesting program.  Thanks for letting us get to know Don a little better,” followed by “I was somewhat surprised in his remarks re. biased coverage. I'm convinced that bias is part of every human commentary.”

Here’s a voicemail message we received early Thursday morning from Danny, “Right at 4:00 am on May 28, we were hearing a flute song and, when that went off, nothing else happened.” 

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3:04pm

Tue May 26, 2015
-Eastern Standard

NPR's Don Gonyea on Eastern Standard

NPR National Political Correspondent Don Gonyea is our guest for this week's show, recorded May 1, 2015 at the Griffin Gate Marriott in Lexington,

NPR's National Political Correspondent Don Gonyea is our guest on this week's show. This program is the one recorded during the annual WEKU Day Sponsor event May 1 at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa in Lexington.     

Don Gonyea talks about his career at NPR, reporting on 9/11 as well as his years covering political campaigns and elections on this program that features questions and comments from WEKU listeners in attendance.

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1:31pm

Mon May 18, 2015
-Eastern Standard

Digital Technology in the Classroom on Eastern Standard

From left: Justin Bathon; Cynthia Warner; Susan Cintra and John Hingsbergen

A hundred teachers from across the country have been singled out for their successes in integrating digital technology into their schools. They have been named PBS Learning Media Digital Innovators. On this week's show we'll meet one of them, Susan Cintra of Madison Central High School, and other guests.

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6:00am

Mon May 18, 2015
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Response to Hemp Story, Outages at 90.9 FM

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On our website is the news story by WEKU’s Stu Johnson, headlined, Second Hemp Crop Planted in Ky. A reader, identifying as "Hemp Authority," commented, ”This will be a great test to see what actually comes of some serious acreage of hemp growth across the state. Hopefully the industry will come back strong and create many new jobs and tax dollars.” 

 

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3:39pm

Mon May 11, 2015
-Eastern Standard

Primary Election on Eastern Standard

From left: John Hingsbergen, Ronnie Ellis, Joe Gershtenson
Credit Noah Day

Kentuckians head to the polls next week for the primary elections that features candidates for governor and other state constitutional offices.

We’ll discuss the twists and turns of the governor’s race and other matters on the ballot on this week's show.  

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6:00am

Mon May 11, 2015
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Hazard Tower Work, Reactions to Eastern Standard on Religion & Medicine

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First up, an announcement regarding technical matters.  For the next few weeks, we are likely to have outages on 90.9 WEKH out of Hazard as a result of tower work being done by our “landlord” KET. 

These outages will happen during daylight hours, on days when weather permits work on the tower and they are unavoidable due to the nature of the work as a matter of safety for the tower crews.

You’ll find more information on the WEKU Facebook page and at WEKU dot FM.

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12:09am

Tue May 5, 2015
-Eastern Standard

Religious Belief Versus Modern Medicine on Eastern Standard

From left: john Hingsbergen, Dr. Sara Rosenthal, Rita Swan
Credit Richard Turner

While Americans have access to the best medical care in the world, some choose to ignore that care, relying on their faith to take care such needs, sometimes with tragic results. On this week’s show we'll discuss the conflict between the religious beliefs of some Americans in Conflict with Modern Medicine.

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6:00am

Mon May 4, 2015
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Comments from Donors

Write to us at any time at WEKU@eku.edu or call 859-622-1657. You can also post on the WEKU Facebook page or send a tweet @889weku.

We’re still struggling with some technical issues, especially on the 90.9 signal out of Hazard. Just so you know, we are working on diagnosing the problem that some listeners are reporting and then getting it fixed.  Thanks for your patience and please keep letting us know when you hear technical problems.

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11:18am

Tue April 28, 2015
-Eastern Standard

Autism Awareness on Eastern Standard

From left: Melanie Tyner-Wilson, Patti Parsons, John Hingsbergen, Dr. Shirley O' Brien.

The most recent data from The Centers for Disease Control indicate that about 1 in 68 children has been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder.   

 

April is Autism Awareness Month, so on this week's show, we'll discuss Autism, individuals who are identified as Autistic, and the impact this has on them and their families.

 


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6:00am

Mon April 27, 2015
Listener Feedback

Feedback: More on Web Stream Pre-Roll and Rough Start to Sunday

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Our comments this week are, as is often the case, all focused on technical matters. Last week, a listener informed us that the pre-roll message on our web audio stream is still playing on one device, her Kindle.


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6:00am

Mon April 20, 2015
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Offended by Eastern Standard on Religion, Thanks for Removing Stream Pre-roll

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On Facebook, Steve commented in response to the post about the Eastern Standard show, posing the questions, Is Religion Obsolete in the 21st Century, “ He writes, “I find it quite distasteful that you are airing this program on Easter Sunday. I would rather listen to your fund drives." 

Steve continued, "I would expect this from such a liberal station but your choice of when to air it is off the charts. Anyway, letting you know that I will not be sending any more money your way and I am taking you off my presets.”  

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5:41pm

Wed April 15, 2015
-Eastern Standard

Reporters' Discuss Latest News on Eastern Standard

From left: John Hingsbergen, Ryland Barton
Credit Logan Riley

Next month, voters from across the Commonwealth go to the polls to select candidates for the fall gubernatorial election.  Meanwhile, one Kentuckian has launched a campaign for our nation's highest elected office.

In other news, well....we'll ask our reporters around the table for what's on their minds.

Our guests this week:  Stu Johnson WEKU Reporter; Sam Youngman, political reporter with the Lexington Herald Leader; Ryland Baron, KPRN's State Capitol Bureau Chief.  

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