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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
This Thursday, churches, temples, public buildings and others will ring bells for four minutes, symbolizing the four years of the war that threatened to tear our country apart. That day, April 4, will mark the 150th anniversary of the "war between the states."
On this week's show, we'll discuss the Civil War, its end and its effects on Kentucky.
Robert wrote to us, “I was wondering if Kentucky Center Stage programs are archived for any period of time, so that one can listen to them from the website after they are broadcast."
Robert explained, "I was a soloist (Evangelist) for the St. John Passion, but was occupied and unable to stream it from the website (I’m out of radio range). I wondered if I can listen to it later, like Millenium Stage on the Kennedy Center’s website.”
First up, a response to listeners who have been in touch regarding technical problems with our signal at 88.5 in Corbin. We are very much aware of some issues there in the last few days and engineer Bill Browning is looking into what’s going on there.
The best we can tell at the moment is that it’s another case of an unreliable Internet connection. We apologize for the disruptions and we remain grateful to those who write or call to let us know about them, especially Karen in London.
We start with an email note from Connie, “As I listened to feedback this morning, I felt compelled to speak up and say how much I value your programming (except for Ask Me Another) and how glad I am that I can receive it from the Hazard transmitter.(90.9)"
Connie continued, "If the transmission gets staticky, I listen on my phone and have never had a problem. Anyway, I wanted to send you a big thumbs-up.”
In recent decades, the distinctions between police and the military have increasingly clouded. On this week's program, we will meet Eastern Kentucky University's Dr. Peter Kraska, a leading scholar of policing and criminal justice as we discuss Expanded Police Militarization.
Listen to the full audio of this edition of Eastern Standard.
The Kentucky Senate wants to require public school students to use the bathroom of their biological sex. That’s an issue affecting transgender students while late last year, an Ohio teen committed suicide stating a hope that her death would create a dialogue about discrimination, abuse and lack of support for transgender people.
On this week's show, we'll carry on the dialogue about transgender rights and identity.
Peter, from Paris, Kentucky emailed us, “There has been a lot of feedback recently on traffic reports outside of Lexington or when the Traffic Management Center is closed. It sounds like the trick is having a reliable data source. I might suggest partnering with one of your TV media partners who already have traffic reporting mechanisms in place or looking into a service such as Waze which allows drivers to report incidents as they see them.”
Police shootings in African-American communities have been in the headlines during recent months. Such incidents have raised concerns about race relations.
Due to scheduling issues in trying to produce an original show for this week, this program was an "encore presentation" of one that originally aired on August 29, 2013. Here is a link to the original post.
Here’s a call we received from listener David in Lexington, “I love your station. Could not live without it but I do have a couple of complaints. One is the way the announcers slant the weather reports. If it’s possible to make it sound worse than it’s going to be, it seems like that’s the kind of emphasis."
David continues, "One of your announcers, ‘It’s only gonna be five degrees, and it’s only gonna be…’ No matter what it is, he says ‘It’s only gonna be.’ How about just the facts?”
Listener Alyce wrote to us this past week, “Now that 88.9 is updated and fixed, how about keeping 88.5 on the air and eliminate that awful occasional belch. The strength can be worked on too. I live in Eubank and some days can’t even get 88.5 in the house. Other days it’s so weak and full of staticky “air” it’s too hard to listen. On the way to work in Somerset, I have to toggle between 88.5 and 88.9. Some days I have to listen to Western to get the news.”
A change of plans from the originally-scheduled topic, which we will be re-scheduling at a later date. Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson joins us to discuss how the university handles "snow days," terroristic threats and other matters.
Catching up with a comment posted on the website at www.WEKU.fm, over a week ago, listener J.C. wrote, ”In the past two days, there have been news stories and announcements, previously recorded obviously, run long after their timeliness and relevance had passed. In one case, a report announcing the death of former Kentucky Senator Wendell Ford. Mr. Ford died January 22 and the station ran coverage of his funeral. Why was this report, announcing that he had just died, run on JANUARY 29th?"
From 2002 through 2006, there were no reported deaths from Heroin overdose in Lexington. Compare that to 44 such fatalities in 2013 and there’s apparently a problem. This week's Eastern Standard is an encore presentation of a show first aired on October 9, 2014.
As the 2015 session of the Kentucky General Assembly re-convenes, what issues are on your mind? The Local Option Sales Tax? A statewide smoke-free policy? An increase in the state's minimum wage? We're taking the show on the road to the State Capitol to speak with House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Senate President Robert Stivers.
Last week, we reported that our engineers were getting ready to make repairs to the transmitter for 88.9 in the Richmond, Lexington and Central Kentucky. Well, instead of improving, the signal has gotten a bit worse.
The fact is, our transmitter is a pretty old one and we’re waiting on the manufacturer to build a replacement part that will get us back to full power. We’re hoping it will arrive this week. Keep an eye on the website or the WEKU Facebook page for updates.
We had a couple of interesting calls this past week to the WEKU Listener Comment Line. “Hello, this is A.J. and of course you can use my comments on the air. WEKU’s programming is superb. There is one minor irritation I wonder if you could take care of."
A.J. continues, "When I listen to the stream on (the) TuneIn app, the commercial (sic) that comes before-hand that says, ‘Thank you for tuning in to WEKU and please give,’ is really irritating and it doesn’t make me want to give it just makes me want to get on with the program.”