John Hingsbergen

Associate Manager/Program Director

Ways to Connect

Via the WEKU Facebook page, Marcia wrote to us, “Sick of hearing about Trump. There are other candidates who deserve coverage.” 

We had an exchange of messages with Marcia, explaining that WEKU does not determine the coverage, or extent of it, within the national news shows such as Here and Now, Morning Edition and All Things Considered but that we will certainly make sure her concerns are shared with producers of those shows.

Noah Day

Since September 11th of 2001, many Americans have feared or even shown hatred to practitioners of the religion of Islam. That fear and hatred have also affected members of the Sikh community, a culture in which the men wear beards and turbans and women often cover their heads.

Now a group known as the Interfaith Alliance of the Bluegrass is raising concerns about hate-filled rhetoric and actions against Muslims and Sikhs in Kentucky.

Guests:

Here’s a note from one of our earliest donors of the year 2016.  Daniel writes from Jellico, Tennessee, “I am an alumnus of Eastern Kentucky University. I recently left central KY to move back home and pursue my PhD at the University of Tennessee. My time in Richmond will always be special to me, and WEKU was a big part of that. I'm still listening!.”

Here’s a note from one of our earliest donors of the year 2016.  Daniel writes from Jellico, Tennessee, “I am an alumnus of Eastern Kentucky University. I recently left central KY to move back home and pursue my PhD at the University of Tennessee. My time in Richmond will always be special to me, and WEKU was a big part of that. I'm still listening!.” 

From the Listener Comment Line regarding our sister station Classic 102., “I’m listening to the ‘Lessons and Carols from Kings College, Cambridge’ on Christmas Eve.  It’s a “live” broadcast and recordings of yours keep popping in. It would be nice if the broadcast were complete without updates or commercials for things coming up. For next year, that would be nice if you could rectify that problem.” 

And we had a follow-up email, from listener “MK,” “How dare you cut off the broadcast from King's College.  You  want people to listen and SUPPORT you and you do this???  Grinch”

From the WEKU Listener Comment Line, “It has made me laugh and it has made me cry.”  This listener, choosing to remain anonymous, says The Moth Radio Hour is “the most wonderful radio show” he’s ever listened to. “Hopefully, one day you can extend it longer than an hour because an hour is just not enough. I really, really like it,” he says.”


Noah Day

  During 2015, Kentuckians elected and inaugurated a new governor.

The Commonwealth stood at "ground zero" during a struggle over the implementation of same-sex marriage.

Our nation's response to terrorism and the 2016 presidential race dominated national news.

From David  in Danville,   “I am a long-time loyal listener of WEKU, and now that I am retired, my preferred listening device is my Android tablet.  I have noticed in recent months that the volume of the webcast has gotten lower and lower.  Even when I have turned up my tablet volume all the way, it is barely audible more than 2 feet away.  (I have switched to fellow KY station WFPL a few times and they are louder, so it's not my device.)

Noah Day

More than half our nation's governors, including Kentucky's new chief executive, oppose allowing Syrian refugees into the U.S. 

On this week's show, we'll discuss the pros and cons of such a position and learn more about the refugee experience.

Guests scheduled: Dr. Minh Nguyen, professor of Philosophy and Director of Asian Studies at Eastern Kentucky University; Anne Marie Vaughn Grisanti, Community Relations and Media Coordinator for Kentucky Refugee Ministries.

We received a call Monday from a listener choosing to remain anonymous. She told us, “I moved here in May of this year.  Your station is the only station I’ve found that I could listen to and enjoy and today is the first day I’ve had a complaint."


Michael Benson, PhD


  It’s been a busy Fall Semester on the  campuses of Eastern Kentucky University. In fact 2015 has been a busy and eventful year in many unusual 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.

On Tuesday morning, John Mark left a message to register discontent over our disruption of the weekly broadcast of Kentucky Tonight and its discussion of the upcoming session of the General Assembly. We chose to do so because of what we were told was an impending news briefing by President Obama including the President of France.  

The interruption was especially disruptive since the President did not speak until well after the broadcast of Kentucky Tonight was scheduled to end.

Here’s an email we received from listener, Andrea, “I love getting my news and features from WEKU and NPR. I’ve noticed that when the local announcer gives the weather during station breaks many times the forecast is given but not the current temperature." 

  


As we approach the celebration of Thanksgiving, our nation observes Native American Heritage Month in November.  It's intended as a way of recognizing the contributions of Native Americans and continuing to strengthen government-to-government ties with tribal nations.

On this week's show, we'll welcome the EKU Chautauqua Lecture Series' keynote speaker for Native American Heritage Month, Dr. Anton Treuer. He is Executive Director of the American Indian Resource Center and Professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University.

On Friday evening, we chose to preempt some of our evening programming, namely the Dinner Party Download, This American Life and SNAP Judgment so we could carry special coverage of the Paris attacks.  We’ve had numerous comments from listeners endorsing that choice. 

Among them is a tweet from Joe who wrote, “Great choice. Thank you for your continued excellence.”

The WEKU stations will provide "live" coverage of the funeral service for fallen Richmond Police Officer Daniel Ellis Wednesday morning beginning at 11:00.  

The radio broadcast, anchored by WEKU's John Hingsbergen and Roger Duvall, will continue until the end of the service being held at Eastern Kentucky University's Alumni Coliseum.

From the program for the service:

My Old Kentucky Home

WEKU, the public radio service of Eastern Kentucky University, is among seven public media stations in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia that will share a $445,000 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to establish an Ohio River Regional Journalism Collaboration. 

Kentucky governor-elect Matt Bevin has been vocal in his support for so-called "right-to-work" legislation.  On this week's show, we'll discuss the issue as well as the role of labor unions in Kentucky.

Send your questions, comments and personal stories before the show to: wekueasternstandard@gmail.com, post below or on the Facebook page.  You can send a tweet @wekuest or leave a voicemail at 859-622-1657.

On Thursday morning, Facebook visitor Peter posted, “Eastern Standard is interviewing a homeopathic doctor about the flu and vaccinations. Are you kidding me? Why not interview a faith healer while you're at it?” To which, Erik commented, “Not just a homeopath, a quantum nutritionist, whatever the hell that means.”   

That entire show is of course available at WEKU dot fm or downloadable as a podcast.

Listener Lee, from Lexington, responded to Tuesday night’s election coverage…

WEKU brings you complete coverage of the 2015 Election throughout the evening. 

Stay with us for hourly updates from NPR followed by reports from Kentucky Public Radio at four minutes past each hour, starting at 7:04.

The flu season of October 2014 through May 2015 was one of the most severe in recent years. This year’s flu season has kicked off with the first cases being reported in Jefferson and Kenton counties.

On this week’s show, we'll focus on the flu season already upon us and the efforts we can all make to avoid catching the bug.

Guests: Dr. Kraig Humbaugh- Deputy Public Health Commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Public Health.

Phyllis Bryden - Associate Professor of Health Promotion and Administration. 

First up, thanks to Facebook fan Mick Jeffries of Lexington who posted, “Don't miss Lexington's own Kurt Gohde talking about the Kentucky Meat Shower on America's Test Kitchen on 88.9 WEKU between 11-noon!” 

For those who missed it, we’ve posted a link to this week’s America’s Test Kitchen within our web post of this week’s Feedback at WEKU dot FM.

  Kentucky's "Constitutional Offices" are on the November 2015 ballot.  On Tuesday, voters statewide will elect a new Governor and Lieutenant Governor as well as a Secretary of State, Attorney General, Auditor of Public Accounts, State Treasurer and Commissioner of Agriculture.

On this week’s show we discuss the election with journalists covering the campaigns and the election.

As we mentioned last Monday, the six days and one hour of our fall fund drive served as a time of intense listener feedback.  I begin with a special message of thanks to all who supported the station during the drive, allowing us to reach our goal of $75,000 by the end of the drive last Tuesday evening.

The Breeders’ Cup Championships take place at Keeneland October 30 and 31. However, the horse races are just part of the festivities in Lexington and Central Kentucky.

On this week’s Eastern Standard, the Breeders’ Cup Festival and how Lexington will highlight local culture through local food, music, and celebration of the Commonwealth’s history of horse racing and breeding.

This week's guests: Craig Fravel, President and CEO of Breeders’ Cup Limited;

Kip Cornett, Chairman of the 2015 Keeneland Host Committee;

Last week’s Eastern Standard show featuring EKU’s President and emergency officials discussing the school’s reaction a threat posted in graffiti in a campus restroom received a lot of interest and attention. 

Noah Day

  Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death and other HEALTH complications in the U.S. and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  On this week’s show, we’ll discuss the growing epidemic, and how we can reverse this trend.

Send us your questions or comments before the show to wekueasternstandard@gmail.com, leave a voice message at 859-622-1657 or call in when you tune in for Eastern Standard. Thursday morning at 11:00.

On the station website at WEKU.fm, listener Don wrote a comment in response to a news story by reporter Stu Johnson, headlined Eastern Kentucky Residents Steadily Moving Forward Following Summer Floods,  Don wrote, “Wonderful writing Stu! Keep reporting on life and living!”

Noah Day

Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson joins us on this week’s Eastern Standard. http://president.eku.edu/ or feel free to follow him on Twitter @EKUPrez

Other guests include:

Brian Makinen, EKU's Director of Public Safety and Risk. http://ehsrmi.eku.edu/people/makinen-0

We begin this week with a comment from an anonymous listener about traffic reports, “Well, it’s 7:52 in the morning on the 21st of September and traffic is backed up from Versailles Rd. to the first Versailles exit on the Bluegrass Parkway, and the morning drive host is telling us there are no delays to be concerned about.  You don’t have anybody spotting for you or your head’s in the sand or something.” 

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