John Hingsbergen

Associate Manager/Program Director

Ways To Connect

We heard some great comments at the six community meetings we held around the WEKU listening area.   We visited Hazard,  Lexington, Corbin and Frankfort, held a meeting in Richmond and another one in Danville.

First up, a comment we didn’t have time for last week:  Helen, from the Lexington area, emailed us saying she’s no fan of two midday programs on our sister station, Classic 102.1, those being The Score and On a Lighter Note.

The Lexington Philharmonic welcomes three-time Grammy winner, Eighth Blackbird for next Friday's concert at the Singletary Center.  The six-member group will perform what's being called a“groundbreaking composition” by Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Jennifer Higdon.  The concert also features Beethoven's Seventh Symphony.

Students at Eastern Kentucky University staged their tenth annual production of The Vagina Monologues this week in Richmond.   EKU's Director of Women and Gender Studies, Doctor Lisa Day, welcomed the crowd for this year's opening performance.

Leslie, of Corinth, e-mailed us this week: “I absolutely love your programming. Admittedly, I'm an NPR junkie, but I really like your format. My only wish is that you and WUKY offered me an alternative to that godawful Prairie Home Companion. I understand that it's popular, but could you possibly offer it at another time?”

Many BBC journalists have gone on strike for 24 hours in a dispute over compulsory redundancies.  As a result, WEKU will carry an extra hour of NPR's Morning Edition between 9:00 and 10:00 am Monday.

During our last program of 2012, we spoke with one of Appalachia's most famous writers, Barbara Kingsolver. 

At the WEKU Stations, we serve our listeners best when we take the time to hear your issues and concerns. To that end, we invite you to join us at a community meeting designed to tell you about what’s  going on with us and, more importantly, for us to hear your feedback about how we can better serve you and your community.

Here's the meeting schedule, all times 5:30 – 7:00  pm:

First up today, a reaction to last week’s comments.  One of those was a concern about the nature of the humor in Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me.  The other, feeling our programming promotes what he described as the “homosexual agenda.”

On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss state tax reform. The program that airs "live" Monday evening on KET will be re-broadcast Tuesday morning at 11:00 on WEKU.

Overnight listeners in the Lexington and Frankfort areas now have a choice of musical styles.  While 88.9 FM and the network of WEKU Stations continue to present classical Music Through the Night, Classic 102.1 now features Overnight Jazz.

We’ve had a couple of calls to our Listener Comment Line, both from folks who prefer to remain anonymous. 

On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss industrial hemp.  The program that airs "live" Monday evening on KET, will be repeated Tuesday morning at 11:00 on the WEKU Stations.

In April of 20-11, the musical, Catch Me If You Can, opened on Broadway for a run of only five months. The show, based on the 2002 film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is on a nationwide tour that includes five shows in Lexington.

Rich Copley, Lexington Herald Leader

Lexington-based Red Barn Radio is welcoming a new host this year.  Adam Luckey is a native of North Carolina who went to school at Georgetown College.  

John Hingsbergen

Within the last two weeks, The Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour has marked two milestones.   On January 21st, the 13-year-old show moved from its longtime home base of Lexington's Kentucky Theatre to the recently-remodeled Lyric Theatre.

This week, we have some programming recommendations as well as technical concerns.

Here's a summary of this week's Listener Feedback.  During the past week, comments from our listeners focused mainly on the changes in weekend programming that have now been in effect for two weeks.

A special edition of Kentucky Tonight features Bill Goodman and Renee Shaw examining the causes and possible solutions of poverty in Kentucky.   The program which airs Monday night on Kentucky Educational Television, will be re-broadcast Tuesday morning at 11:00 on the WEKU Stations.

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A little more than a week ago, we launched a new lineup of weekend programs, beginning with a couple on Friday evenings, namely The Dinner Party and Wits.  Most of the comments we received focused on what we dropped, not what we added to the schedule.

Two new Friday programs will kick off the weekend lineup for WEKU on January 4th.  The Dinner Party and Wits are both new offerings from American Public Media. 

Writer’s Digest calls Barbara Kingsolver “One the most important writers of the 20th Century.  Her latest novel, “Flight Behavior,” was released last month. 

On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss public employee pensions.  The program that aired "live" on KET Monday night will be re-broadcast Tuesday morning at 11:00 on the WEKU Stations.

Peter Sagal, host of NPR's popular quiz show, Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me, was a guest on WEKU this past weekend.  Sagal joined Program Director John Hingsbergen for a conversation during the station's three-day end-of-year fund drive that wrapped up Saturday afternoon.

On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss state tax reform.  The program, which airs "live" on KET Monday night, is repeated each Tuesday morning at 11:00 on the WEKU Stations.

Happy Holidays from the WEKU Stations!    Follow this link for our full listing of holiday programs and a downloadable/printable version as well.

Kentucky Educational Television

On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss the fiscal cliff.  The program, which is "live" Monday night on Kentucky Educational TV, will be re-broadcast Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. on the WEKU Stations.

When weaving a basket, form does not necessarily follow function.  The basket-making tradition runs deep in both Appalachian and the Andean Mountains of South America.  Arts professor Herb Goldman says the baskets may share the same job, but, they often look quite different.  Goldman, who teaches at Eastern Kentucky University, recently curated a show for the Lexington Public Library.

The Kings Singers are a vocal ensemble with a range that crosses boundaries….both stylistically and geographically.  In fact, during the past year, the six-member group has performed in over three dozen countries. They sing the work of contemporary composers, long-established classics and even specially-commissioned pieces.  Kings Singers, Jonathan Howard and Paul Phoenix, spoke with John Hingsbergen about the group itself and Friday night’s performance of “Travel Songs” at Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts.