John Hingsbergen

Associate Manager/Program Director

Ways to Connect

We begin this week with a call from Ann, from Winchester, “I just want to thank you for your excellent programming.  If I’m in the car, I’m listening to WEKU and, most of those days in conversation over dinner, I will comment on some sort of news that I heard on NPR."

NOTE: this is a special holiday weekend encore of a show that originally aired July 13, 2017.

According to the state’s association of food banks, Kentucky’s rate of “food insecurity” is declining.

But still 17% of our fellow citizens lack the certainty  of always knowing where their next meal will come from, especially in Eastern Kentucky.

We start with a message from listener Todd,

“I’ve listened to NPR my whole life and I am really tired of listening to how bad us men are.  If that’s all I’m going to hear, I’m going to work and from work every day and I’m just going to tune in to something else.

Stu Johnson

An official with the federal government wants the mayor of Lexington to remove a rainbow-colored crosswalk, saying the agency is concerned that the crossing is a safety hazard.

Fifty-eight people died and over 500 were injured while attending a country music festival in Las Vegas.

Twenty-six died when they were shot down while in church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. 

Lexington Herald-Leader/

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Democratic Party has elected a new chair.

The party said in a news release Saturday that its State Central Executive Committee elected entrepreneur Ben Self.  

Lexington Police

UPDATE Saturday 11/11/17 - 12:07 pm

Lexington Police have confirmed by Twitter that 17-year-Old Broghan Lorentz has been found safe in Knoxville, TN. 

They thank all who participated in the search. 

Original Friday post:

Lexington police and fire continue to search the Veterans Park area for a missing 17-year-old boy. 

As WEKU’S Stu Johnson reports, Brohgan Lorentz has been spotted twice since he went missing overnight Tuesday into Wednesday. 

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring arts and cultural activities with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader. 

This week, they’re thinking about a bit of a merger between the arts and sports.

Brian Burkhart

Two weeks ago, President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency.

On this week's show, we discuss the meaning of that declaration and its potential impact on Kentucky.

Listener Willie called to let us know how much he enjoyed the convergence, which was completely coincidental, between a news story promotion and an underwriting credit.

“On October 31, 2017 at approximately 5:47 pm, you guys made the funniest statement on your newscast and then your ‘commercials.’"

John Hingsbergen

The city of Georgetown held its second annual LGBTQ Pride over the weekend. The Saturday event went smoothly despite challenging weather and an apparent threat against a lesbian couple in the community of about 33,000.          

Brian Burkhart

Here’s a call we received from listener Erica, in Lexington. 

“ I have been listening to the news about the four soldiers killed, actually for the last two or three days, driving in my car and then when I get to Lexington.  I’m wondering why we keep leaving out the other murdered soldiers who were African."

Matt Goins |

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring arts and cultural activities with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

They tell us that, on this weekend before Halloween, the University of Kentucky theatre department is producing “Little Shop of Horrors.”   


FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge says Kentucky taxpayers still owe nearly $225,000 in legal fees and court costs to the couples who sued a county clerk for refusing to issue marriage licenses because of her opposition to same-sex marriage.


We received this email from listener Rob, “I write to submit a comment/complaint about Milk Street Radio and their business model. 

I have been a fan of ATK (referring to America’s Test Kitchen) and its successor of dubious ethical provenance – Milk Street – since they began airing."  

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky State University has formally installed M. Christopher Brown II as its president.

The State Journal reports that Brown explained more of his plans Friday during a ceremony that brought him on board as the university's 18th president.


Zachary Redding

There are those who believe Kentucky is the most haunted state in the southern U.S.

On this week's show, we'll find out why and we'll hear some ghost stories and other creepy tales from our guests and, hopefully from our listeners.  

Daniel Desrochers

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and GOP legislative leaders have unveiled a summary of their proposed solution for Kentucky’s public pension crisis.

Under the plan, revealed Wednesday morning, and reported by the Lexington Herald-Leader/, teachers and state and local government employees hired after July 1, 2018, no longer will receive defined-benefits pensions that guarantee them payments throughout their retirements, Bevin said.   

Josh Mers

Two statues of Confederate Civil War figures have been removed from the grounds of the historic Old Courthouse in downtown Lexington. 

Judge: University Should Let AG View Documents

Oct 17, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A judge has ordered Kentucky State University to let the attorney general examine some documents about alleged sexual misconduct of some of the school's employees.

The University of Kentucky's student newspaper asked to see the records last year. 

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  Revelations that the University of Louisville basketball program is being  investigated as part of a federal corruption probe have shaken up college sports and caused the firing of UofL’s basketball coach.

On this week’s show, we’ll do our best to find out what’s going on as we discuss the “Pay-to-Play Scandal in College Sports.”

John Hingsbergen

Kentucky’s Capital City hosted its first-ever LGBTQ Pride festival this past weekend. Organizers and Frankfort city officials say the event exceeded their expectations.  

We’re still getting comments about how we handled fundraising on the day following the mass shooting in Las Vegas. Here’s one from the Listener Comment Line.  

Zach Redding


As many of you know, last Monday was a very challenging day for us at WEKU.  In the midst of our fund drive, we had the horrible news of the mass shooting in Las Vegas and, of course, had to make sure we provided extensive coverage.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A 70-year-old natural gas pipeline that passes through several Kentucky counties has received federal authorization for a proposed conversion despite some concerns from opponents.

Rich Copley, Lexington Herald-Leader,

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring arts and cultural activities with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

This week, they begin with a focus on the UK Opera Theatre production of La Traviata. (luh TRAH-vee-ah-tuh)

Democrats Target Rep. Andy Barr in Radio Ad

Oct 5, 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — National Democrats are targeting a Kentucky congressman in a radio ad campaign attacking Republican efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said Thursday the radio ad will run in 11 GOP-held districts, including the 6th District in Kentucky.

Zach Redding

October is apparently becoming the second month of LGBTQ Pride, at least in our area.  Some towns in Central Kentucky are joining in, some for the very first time.

We'll discuss the purpose and goals of these community events with guests: Harold Dean Jessie, of Georgetown; Jesse Ruble of Frankfort and Dr. Patricia Minter, professor at Western Kentucky University.