First up this week, a caller choosing to remain anonymous who left a message over the weekend, “I have listened to this station for about three months since I move here from Georgia. It is nothing but a repetition of the morning programs and nothing but begging, begging, begging for contributions."
Kentucky’s Supreme Court struck down Lexington’s panhandling ordinance last week, saying the ban violated free speech. While the homeless in Lexington can now panhandle without fear of prosecution, there are other issues of concern related to basic subsistence.
On this week’s Eastern Standard, homelessness in the Commonwealth.
This note came from Jordan, writing, “Morning! I've listened to WEKU every morning on my commute for the last several years - you guys are awesome! One small comment, though. Every morning when Bryan Bartlett gives the time it is one minute fast when compared to the atomic clock in Boulder, CO, which is the United States' primary time and frequency standard. http://www.time.gov/”
Kentucky’s universities are facing performance-based funding, likely to be mandated by the General Assembly and the governor. Meanwhile Eastern Kentucky University continues planning for tighter budgets while continuing to revitalize the campus in Richmond.
From a listener in Richmond, choosing to remain anonymous, “On Monday, January 23, a comment was read from a listener named Elaine. She said ‘When I moved to Kentucky from Ohio, I determined not to acquire a southern accent. To this purpose, I listened to NPR for good pronunciation and grammar.’
A crowd of at least a thousand gathered Sunday in downtown Lexington to show support for immigrants and refugees and disapproval of President Trump’s ban on travel from seven predominantly-Muslim nations.
The rally went forward despite a federal judge’s “stay” of the president’s executive order. It was organized by area high school and college students. It included remarks by representatives of the local religious and civil rights leaders and elected officials including 13th District State Senator Reggie Thomas.
Last week, I responded to a listener’s description of WEKU as a “liberal radio station” saying , we do our best, as does NPR, to always provide politically-balanced programming and news coverage.
Another listener took exception with that, saying while it’s been “wonderful” listening to our programming over the last several years, the consensus is that NPR’s programming, and as a result ours is “left leaning.”
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 a number of weekend bluegrass events.
Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren cover arts and culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Lexgo dot com. You can find many listings of arts and cultural activities at the events calendar link at WEKU dot FM.
Following a weekend of reactions to President Donald Trump’s executive order limiting immigration into the U.S, Lexington’s mayor says the city will continue welcoming those who come into the community.
Mayor Jim Gray reacted to the nationwide and international controversy in a series of tweets, beginning with the comment that (quote) “The President's actions have created unnecessary anxiety and unrest.His poorly developed plan divides the American people.”
Here’s an email we received from Thomas in Lexington, “I listen to WEKU every morning for the news and weather. I use the current temperature to decide how warm a coat to wear but some mornings you do not give the current temperature. Why not?”
I wrote back to Thomas, letting him know that we certainly intend to give temperatures frequently for a number of locations during Morning Edition. If we’ve been failing to do so, we’ll make sure we resume the practice.
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 local music and the Lexington Music Awards.
Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren cover arts and culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Lexgo dot com.
You can find many listings of arts and cultural activities at the events calendar link at WEKU dot FM.
The theme for the 2016/2017 series of Chautauqua lectures at Eastern Kentucky University is “Order and Chaos.” On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll meet some of the folks who’ve been on campus so far this academic year.
Erik Liddell, Coordinator of the Chautauqua lecture series at EKU;
NOTE: Mayor Gray's entire "State of the City" address is here for listening & downloading.
Mayor Jim Gray says there are more people employed in the bluegrass city than at any time in the city’s history. That was one of several points made during the mayor’s annual “State of the City” speech before government, business, education, and other civic leaders.
Gray began his remarks saying he and City Council work together to further progress in Lexington.
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 start with a mention of one of the area’s entertainment hot spots that Rich and colleague Walter Tunis visited.
The Kentucky General Assembly is on a planned break for now. But last week’s flurry of activity was part of a short legislative session that marks the beginning of Republican control of state government for the first time ever in almost a century..
On this week’s Eastern Standard, a panel of reporters joins us for a roundtable on the General Assembly.
Here’s an email from Nancy, “Recently I listened to an interview with author/activist Claudia Rankin. She mentioned black men dying in the streets in America every day, the prisons being filled with black men and racism in America.