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John Hingsbergen

Lexington’s annual public celebration of Halloween brought thousands into the city’s downtown Saturday. 

As WEKU’s John Hingsbergen reports, this year marked the 15th annual re-creation of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”  


Listener Clay emailed us, “Please create a pronunciation guidebook for your announcers, primarily containing area street and place names.  Your morning guy continually mispronounces "Tiverton" and "Aristides", street names in Lexington.  But other WEKU announcers also struggle in this area.  Nothing makes an announcer sound more amateurish than continually mispronouncing local names.”


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Police on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University are investigating an attempted burglary on campus that caused a campus-wide alert.

EKU officials say the call came in around 2:30 yesterday (Sun) morning of a person trying to break into the Grand Campus apartments at the corner of Lancaster Ave and Barnes Mill Rd.

A safety alert was sent out telling students to stay in place and seek shelter.

A few minutes later, another alert was sent out saying a person tried to break into the apartments with a gun, then threatened to shoot through the door before leaving.

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 is Lexington’s annual Halloween event, the Thriller Parade and a day of related activities.  

Rich Copley & Harriett Hendren cover arts and culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Lexgo dot com. 

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Candidates for Kentucky’s 6th Congressional district squared off in their only joint appearance ahead of this year’s election.

The televised debate showed sharp differences over banking regulations, foreign policy and the Affordable Care Act.   

First up, an IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: WEKH Hazard is now back at FULL POWER on 90.9 FM, thanks to Chief Engineer Bill Browning, Hazard Engineer Phil Hayes, WEKU Assistant Engineer Jim Whitaker as well as numerous outside vendors and contractors as well as support agencies at Eastern Kentucky University. 

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

One of the events on their agenda this week is a concert by the Lexington Philharmonic.


In response to our story,   Lexington Police to Provide Suggestions on Citizen Interaction with Officers, Tammie writes, “Wow - so now we need to be trained on how to act in an encounter with LEO's?"

Tammie continues,  "It shouldn't be that complicated, because not many of the general public are going to study up. Is it now on the public to keep themselves from being mistreated or shot in such an encounter, instead of the responsibility of the PEACE officer?

Mark Maloney File - Lexington Herald-Leader

A father and son are the latest arrests in the investigation into the fatal shooting of the 15-year-old daughter of Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay. 

Trinity Gay died at a Lexington, Kentucky, hospital Sunday after police say she was fatally shot in the neck around 4 a.m. during a shootout between people in two parked vehicles in the parking lot of a nearby restaurant.

In a statement, Lexington police say 38-year-old Chazerae Taylor and his 19-year-old son D'Markeo are charged with wanton endangerment in the early Sunday shooting.

Mark Maloney File - Lexington Herald-Leader

The 15-year-old daughter of Olympian Tyson Gay was killed in a shooting in Lexington early Sunday morning. According to the Fayette County Coroner, Trinity Gay died at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital after a shooting at Cook Out restaurant on South Broadway.  

Trinity Gay was shot in the neck about 4 a.m., police said.

Richmond Police Department

Eastern Kentucky University officials issued two alerts Sunday morning, advising people on or near the campus in Richmond to “shelter in place.”  

The first of the alerts at 12:21 am referred to an area that was the subject of a similar alert last week, Wellington Court at Summit St. near the Madison County Middle School.

Richmond Police responded to a report of “shots fired” but found no active threat.

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

As the days get cooler and darkness comes sooner, it’s time for the annual Halloween events calendar.

Rich Copley & Harriett Hendren cover arts and culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Lexgo dot com. 

Kentucky Constables Association

Lexington officials are considering changes to policies regarding county constables.  The duties of these elected officials were discussed during this week’s Planning and Public Safety Committee meeting. 

The city review follows a summer report by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting raising issues about training and accountability.  Council member Kevin Stinnett views city liability related to constables and their deputies as a key issue. 

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Lexington is combining its public safety operations into one facility.  The move is expected to create more efficiency for day-to-day police and fire calls and disaster response.  The official ribbon cutting was Thursday. 

About a million calls annually come to emergency 9-1-1 and government assistance LexCall workers.  Staff at the new 15 million dollar Public Safety Operations Center will now handle all those calls.  Plus police, fire, and emergency management officials can be side by side.  

Here’s a message of interest to listeners of WEKH in Hazard. Your long wait is almost over! 

Due to technical work at the transmitter site, listeners may experience disruptions of the station’s signal at 90.9 FM for the next few days.

We apologize for the disruption but assure you that, once this work is finished, you’ll be pleased with the results!

Stay tuned for more information, watch Facebook and Twitter for more information as well as the website at WEKU dot FM.

We start with an email from a couple whom we will not identify since we don’t want to disclose the amounts of donations to the station, “If it helps for your current drive, I upped my day sponsor by mailing in $20 yesterday. I know it's not much, but I went from $180 to $200, which for us is a lot.”  

John wrote to us, “Please get the web streaming link to smart phones repaired quickly.  I am having serious withdrawal symptoms!” 

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring weekend arts and cultural events with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader. With October almost here, they’re focusing on fall festivals and events.

Rich Copley & Harriett Hendren cover arts and culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Lexgo dot com. 

You can also find listings of arts and cultural activities at the events calendar link at WEKU dot FM. 

One of the people who helped shape public radio as we know it has written a new book about its origins. This week, we'll meet National Public Radio's first employee, Jack Mitchell.


We have a couple of calls from the comment line to share this week.  First up, Lee from Lexington.  It’s in reaction to our news story from last week, Concealed Carry Debated at First EKU Campus Safety Summit.  

Maria Hinojosa is an award-winning news anchor and reporter who covers America’s untold stories and highlights today’s critical issues.  For 25 years, Maria Hinojosa has helped to tell America's untold stories and brought to light unsung heroes in America and abroad. 

Hinojosa will deliver the Hispanic Heritage Keynote Address as part of the EKU Chautauqua Lecture Series Thursday evening September 22 and is our guest for Eastern Standard that morning at 11:00.

Here’s a note we received from listener, Seth, “ At 10:00 pm, Friday you have "Overnight Jazz". Is there any way I could get a list of the artists from that?” 

What I wrote back to him is that 10:00 on Friday’s the show is “Jazz Night in America.” There is a link for it’s listings online at the NPR website at www.npr.org

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring weekend arts and cultural events with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader.  First on their agenda this weekend is tonight’s opening concert for the region’s premiere symphony orchestra. 

Rich Copley & Harriett Hendren cover arts and culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Lexgo dot com. 

It’s been a busy first few weeks of the Fall Semester on the campuses of Eastern Kentucky University. In fact 2016 has been a busy and eventful year in many ways.

On this week’s show, we’ll welcome EKU President Michael Benson. We’ll talk about what’s been going on and his views of the future for the school serving Central and Eastern Kentucky and beyond. 

UPDATE AS OF 5:00 PM 9/9/16 

EKU officials say it could be three weeks before Lancaster Ave between Barnes Mill Rd. and Crabbe St. is re-opened.

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An accident has seriously damaged the pedestrian walkway over Lancaster Ave on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University.

The incident, which occurred around noon Friday has shut down Lancaster between Barnes Mill Rd and Crabbe St. University officials say there were no injuries but the roadway is expected to remain closed for an extended period of time.

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring weekend arts and cultural events with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader.  Now that Labor Day is behind us, they’re focusing on fall festivals.  

Rich Copley & Harriett Hendren cover arts and culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Lexgo dot com. 

You can also find listings of arts and cultural activities at the events calendar link at WEKU dot FM. 

Lexington Herald-Leader/Kentucky.com

Former University of Kentucky board chairman Billy Joe Miles was charged Tuesday with rape, sodomy and bribing a witness. Arraignment has been set for September 26. 

The state charged the 76-year-old Miles in Daviess County Circuit Court with one count each of first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy and bribing a witness. According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, the rape allegedly occurred on or about July 2. The person making the allegation isn't identified.

Charles Bertram / Lexington Herald Leader

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Democrat Jim Gray used Labor Day to unveil his jobs plan as he tries to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul.

Media outlets report Gray released his economic agenda Monday at the United Auto Workers union hall in Louisville.

Gray says he wants to invest in infrastructure, broadband internet and education to bring more jobs and attract businesses to Kentucky. That includes repairing and rebuilding roads and bridges.

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In addition to hosting a weekly radio show that airs on over 500 stations, producing numerous Troubadour concerts every year and performing at venues across the nation, Michael Johnathon is the man behind a two-day music festival/pickin’ party/and member conference later this month.

 


 

 

  On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll talk about  The Gathering at Shaker Village.

We’re interested in your questions or comments before the show at: wekueasternstandard@gmail.com or leave a voice message at 859-622-1657.

It’s time for our weekly update of weekend arts and cultural events with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

This week, with two big music festivals on the calendar, Rich is joined by music critic Walter Tunis.

Rich Copley & Walter Tunis cover arts, culture and music for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Lexgo dot com. 

You can also find listings of arts and cultural activities at the events calendar link at WEKU dot FM. 

This week on Kentucky Summer Stage….

Two masters of the acoustic guitar.

Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge performed this past Spring at Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts.

Enjoy the guitar mastery of Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge in this year’s season-finale of Kentucky summer Stage, Sunday evening at 8:00 on 88-9 WEKU.

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