It’s time for our weekly chat featuring weekend arts and cultural events with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader. On their minds this week are the Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass and other summer music shows and festivals.
Rich Copley & Harriett Hendren cover arts and culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Lexgo.com.
This week, a couple of calls to the Listener Comment Line. First up, this one from listener Kendall, “I love WEKU and all the local NPR radio stations because they are typically so non-biased when it comes to reporting political events around the country. However, today I have heard several stories broadcast on WEKU about the violence at the Nevada Democratic Convention over the weekend but no comments as to what started them.”
Here’s an email we received a few weeks ago during our Spring Fund Drive, from listener Ronda: “As a sustaining member, I still want to take the time to let you know of all the programs that you run that I really appreciate."
"I listen mostly at work and in my car," continues Ronda. "I listen in my car going to work and coming home, driving my daughter to ballet class/rehearsal, driving to run errands on the weekends, driving to and from church, driving to the ministry I am involved in after hours, driving to pick up my son from college in Columbia, KY.”
Kentucky Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo is asking a judge to throw out Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's vetoes of the state's $68 billion operating budget.
Stumbo alleges Bevin improperly filed the vetoes with the House clerk last month. He said the state constitution requires the governor to deliver legislative vetoes to the Secretary of State's office when the legislature is not in session.
WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (AP) — Two billboard companies have refused to display an advertisement by an atheist group to protest the Ark Encounter amusement park in Kentucky.
Tri-State Freethinkers president Jim Helton tells news outlets the group recently raised $10,000 for a billboard. The proposed design depicts Noah's Ark with people drowning around it and the words, "Genocide and Incest Park: Celebrating 2,000 years of myths."
The advertisement has been turned down by billboard companies Lamar and Event Advertising and Promotions LLC.
We have a couple of comments in reaction to last month’s Eastern Standard show with presidential historian Douglas Brinkley. Both, by the way, are from a website visitor self-identifying as “Annie on the Trail.”
A listener from Frankfort emailed us with what she called some “observations about the WEKU stream vs. other Kentucky public radio streams.”
She says, “The broadcast volume is about 30% of what some other stations broadcast. For example, to hear WEKU at the same volume as other stations, I have to put my speakers at 20-30% volume vs. 5-10% for others.”
A battle over a Kentucky tax incentive for a religious theme park featuring Noah's Ark has ended in a win for the big boat. A state tourism board this week approved a sales tax rebate incentive worth about $18 million for the 510-foot long Ark Encounter attraction.
Kentucky officials in 2014 withdrew the project from the incentive program, which rebates a portion of sales tax collected by a tourist attraction.
State officials at the time said the incentive would be funding "religious indoctrination."
We begin with a call to the listener comment line from Phyllis from Prestonsburg. She's responding to a request for comments about the changes underway with A Prairie Home Companion now that Garrison Keillor is getting ready to retire, “I'm heartbroken that Garrison Keillor is leaving. My opinion on the replacement is still not formed yet but, when I heard the replacement host and program, it just wasn’t the same.
State officials are pressing the importance of easy access to voter registration. Recently, the Commonwealth launched GoVoteKentucky.com in attempt to do just that. Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is optimistic about the new online system. On this week's Eastern Standard, we'll be discussing voter participation, and voter turnout. Why is voter turnout so low? How do we increase voter participation? We also venture into other topics about voting, including people's perceptions of voter fraud in elections.
A federal appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis filed against the state for requiring her to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples that included her name.
Davis refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, arguing it violated her religious beliefs. The American Civil Liberties Union sued her on behalf of two gay couples and two straight couples. A federal judge ordered Davis to issue the licenses. Davis sued then-Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and then-State Librarian Wayne Onkst, arguing the forms violated her religious beliefs.
We start with a call to the WEKU Listener Comment Line, “I have been listening to public radio for over 25 years and I’ve listened to a lot of great stations. But, I wanted to tell you that WEKU is my favorite public radio station, actually any radio station ever.”
The caller continues, “I love the thoughtful and interesting talk you have on all day. I learn things all the time and I am so grateful that you are a presence in our community.”
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 in this encore of a program originally aired on September 24, 2015.
Here’s a note by email from listener Virginia, “I just made a contribution and commented that I love the station. I did not say ‘…all but one thing - Dinner Party Download.’ I just turn it off. Thanks for making my life more interesting.”
From the Listener Comment Line, “Whoever the gentleman was that just made a reference to the Spoonbread Festival controversy in Berea, accidentally referred to it in the first phrase of the All Things Considered report that it was a decision made by the Berea City Council. That’s not correct. "