John Hingsbergen

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8:49am

Mon March 3, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Reactions to Stories, Listener Likes It All

Send us YOUR feedback to: WEKU (at) EKU (dot) EDU, call the Listener Comment Line at 859-622-1657, send a tweet @889weku, post on Facebook or use the Disqus feature to comment on news stories.

One of the things we don't talk about often enough is the fact that listeners can post comments to news stories on the our website. It's called the Disqus feature with "Disqus" spelled with a Q.  Some comments this week included one in reaction to the headline, Lexington Still Seeking Affordable Housing Solution.

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11:50pm

Sun March 2, 2014
-Eastern Standard

Economic Development in Eastern Ky. on Eastern Standard

Thursday mornings at 11:00!

From the December SOAR Summit (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) to Federal Promise Zones and recent efforts to improve internet connectivity and expand the Mountain Parkway, the region is on the minds of the governor and legislators at both the state and federal levels.

On this week's Eastern Standard, Economic Development in Eastern Kentucky.

Listen to the full audio of the program online.

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6:40pm

Tue February 25, 2014
The Commonwealth

Public Service Commission Approves Columbia Gas Rate Adjustment

Customers Columbia Gas of Kentucky will be getting a partial break on their bills for the rest of the winter. The utility reported Tuesday that it has received approval from the Kentucky Public Service Commission for its most recent Gas Cost Adjustment.

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9:41pm

Mon February 24, 2014
Focus on Business

Focus on Business: Chris Young on Bluegrass Angels

Chris Young is a member of the Bluegrass Angels, a seed funding organization of some of Kentucky’s most accomplished entrepreneurs and business leaders.

Tom Martin’s conversation with Young begins with something new for The Bluegrass Angels:  a “Launch Fund” – Chris’ concept of a competition to provide funding to entrepreneurs who have interesting business ideas, but are not yet far enough along to present them to the Bluegrass Angels group.  As a result of its first competition, held recently, the Fund awarded $25,000 investments to each of four finalist companies.

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8:49am

Mon February 24, 2014
Listener Feedback

Listener Feedback: Diverse Talk Show Panels & Olympic 'Spoiler Alerts'

Send us your feedback to: WEKU@eku.edu, post on the WEKU Facebook page, send us a tweet @889weku or call: 859-622-1657.

Last week, after our Eastern Standard show from Frankfort, discussing this year's legislative session, Sharon wrote to us first with kind words about our weekly show. She went on to say, “There's something that I noticed immediately when you introduced your guests: They were all men. It's not so obvious on radio, but I'm pretty sure they're all white as well. Did you notice this, and try (and fail) to book a more diverse group of experts? I sure hope it was not a deliberate choice.”

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10:28pm

Sat February 22, 2014
-Eastern Standard

Eastern Standard: March on Frankfort Anniversary

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking in at a Civil rights demonstration in Frankfort, Ky on March 5, 1964.
Credit File Photo Lexington HERALD-LEADER

On March 5, 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, baseball legend Jackie Robinson and Kentucky civil rights leaders led 10,000 people to rally at the Kentucky State Capitol in a peaceful march and demonstration.  Fifty years later, a commemorative march will take place, sponsored by The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights and other members of the Allied Organizations for Civil Rights.

Listen to the 02/27/14 program's full audio online.

Listen to the full interview with Joe Graves conducted by Eastern Standard associate producer, Richard Turner.

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11:12am

Fri February 21, 2014
Arts Weekly

Rich Copley: Triangle Park Sculpture to be Unveiled

Credit Lexington Art League

The Lexington Art League will unveil its New Moon sculpture in Lexington’s Triangle Park Friday night.
With more information and a preview of other weekend events is Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader.  Rich tells WEKU’s John Hingsbergen that the sculpture is part of a new project called Luminosity.


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9:42am

Mon February 17, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Fruits & Veggies Not That Expensive; Valentine's Day Love for WEKU

Send your feedback by email to: WEKU (at) EKU (dot) EDU, post on our Facebook page, send us a tweet or call 859-622-1657.

Here's part of a note from listener, Phyllis, referring to an Eastern Standard show earlier this month, “I’m appalled that people persist in thinking that fruits and vegetables are too expensive." She continues,  "Let me refer you to US Dept of Agriculture Information Bulletin Number 790, 'How Much Do Americans Pay for Fruits and Vegetables,' July 2004,  p.26, Table 5.  Seven ways to eat 3 servings of fruit and 4 servings of vegetables per day for a dollar or less.'

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1:13pm

Sat February 15, 2014
Station News & Events

Check out Snowy Mountain Trek to put WEKH Back on the Air

The tower from which WEKH (90.9 FM) transmits high atop Buffalo Mountain in Hazard, KY.
Credit Phil Hayes

We just thought you'd like to know what it takes sometimes to keep a network of public radio stations on the air.  Follow this link to the WEKU Facebook page for a complete photo album with more shots from a trip up Buffalo Mountain in Hazard, KY. to put WEKH (90.9 FM) back on the air. 

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10:57am

Sat February 15, 2014
-Eastern Standard

Eastern Standard: What's Up with this Winter Weather?

Credit transportation.ky.gov

With record cold temperatures and snow, especially for Kentucky, we're wondering what's going on. And we bet you are, too!   On this week's Eastern Standard, we'll discuss this unusual winter weather and attempt to understand why it's going on, and what to expect as we get closer to spring. 

WEKU's Eastern Standard - Climate Change and Weather in Globally and in Kentucky. Guests: Tony Edwards of the Nation Weather Service Jackson Office and Trent Garrison, geologist and instructor at EKU.

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7:45am

Fri February 14, 2014
Arts Weekly

Rich Copley: Concerts and Film, Highlights of Valentine's Day Weekend

This weekend begins with some musical choices for Valentine’s Day and ends with a romantic film at the Kentucky Theatre.  Here with a preview of weekend events is Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader.  Rich tells WEKU’s John Hingsbergen that the 2010 Tony Award-winning musical Memphis will be on stage at the Lexington Opera House.

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9:35pm

Mon February 10, 2014
Focus on Business

Focus on Business: Paul Coomes on Current Economic Conditions

Paul Coomes is a retired Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Louisville and a consultant for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. He is recognized as one of the most knowledgeable and experienced economists in the Commonwealth. He spoke with Tom Martin about current economic conditions.

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11:14am

Mon February 10, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Rupp Arena Design to be Revealed

Governor Steve Beshear will join Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and other city and University of Kentucky officials in revealing plans for the re-design of Rupp Arena Monday afternoon. 

Efforts to come up with a new design plan date back almost three years to March of 2011 when Mayor Gray announced the appointment of a Rupp Arena, Arts and Entertainment Task Force, a group of over 45 citizens. Gray asked the group to study Rupp Arena and the entire Lexington Center complex.

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9:00am

Mon February 10, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Creationist Unchallenged and Forecast Misses the Mark

Send your feedback to us at: WEKU (at) EKU (dot) edu or call 859-622-1657 and leave a message. You can also send a message via Twitter or Facebook.

The discussion of creationism vs. evolution from our January 30th Eastern Standard show received yet another response that I feel we need to share, even though the listener who left the message did not leave her name or contact information. She wrote, “I just wanted to register my displeasure with the speaker of the creationist worldview being allowed to go unchallenged in his comparison of non-creationist scientists with racist police officers.  The only challenge came from your other guest who said that he’s accusing other scientists of conspiracy.”

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2:24pm

Sat February 8, 2014
-Eastern Standard

Ky. Legislature Mid-Point Update on Eastern Standard

As the 2014 session of the Kentucky General Assembly approaches the mid-point, what has the state's legislative branch achieved so far this year?  What is likely to be accomplished by the end of this 60-day session?  These are questions we will pursue in this week's show, originating "live" from the State Capitol in Frankfort.

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4:19am

Wed February 5, 2014
Science and Tech

Bill Nye, "The Science Guy" and Creation Museum's Ken Ham Face-Off

"Science Guy" Bill Nye makes a point as Creation Museum founder and CEO Ken Ham waits for his turn during Tuesday night's debate in Petersburg, Kentucky.
Credit Amy Harris

A crowd of hundreds braved snowy and icy weather to attend a much-publicized debate in Northern Kentucky Tuesday. Bill Nye the Science Guy and Ken Ham, the founder and CEO of the Creation Museum faced off over the topic, “Is Creationism a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era.”

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12:53pm

Mon February 3, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Reaction to Program on Creationism, Need Balanced Reporting

Send your feedback to: WEKU (at) EKU (dot) edu or leave a voice message at 859-622-1657

Last week’s Eastern Standard show generated a lot of interest, both during the show and with Feedback before and after. The show dealt with issues raised by this week’s debate between Bill Nye, “The Science Guy” and the founder of the Creation Museum.

Ted, a research psychologist, wrote, “Overall, I think you gave the Creationists yet one more forum for their disruptive tactics."

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4:30pm

Sun February 2, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Police find Three Bodies after House Fire near Richmond

Authorities found three bodies Saturday in the ruins of a burned home in rural Madison County. The identities of the three will not be confirmed until autopsies are conducted, which could take place Sunday, said Madison County Coroner Jimmy Cornelison. The three all appeared large enough to be adults, Cornelison said, but he could not determine their sex at the scene. Kentucky State Police and the state fire marshal's office had not confirmed the cause of the fire Saturday, but it appeared that it started from an effort to heat the house, Trooper Robert Purdy said.

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4:19pm

Sun February 2, 2014
The Commonwealth

Many Areas of State to see Significant Snowfall by Monday

Credit Creative Commons

UPDATED: A winter storm that will begin as rain but change over to snow will hit Kentucky Sunday evening and continue into Monday morning. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the entire state beginning Sunday afternoon and continuing into Monday morning. Snowfall amount predictions from the weather service range from 1-2 inches for Western Kentucky and 6-9 inches for Eastern Kentucky.

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12:47am

Sat February 1, 2014
-Eastern Standard

Eastern Standard: Obesity in the Commonwealth

One place where Kentucky ranks among the top ten states is…obesity. One study ranks the Commonwealth as 6th most obese, not far behind 4th place Tennessee and 3rd place West Virginia.

Eastern Standard Feb 6, 2013 - Lori Giliam, Karina Christopher

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10:51am

Fri January 31, 2014
Arts Weekly

Copley: UK Art Museum Showing off Photos, Bluegrass Events & UK Dance Minor Concert

The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky is showing off its photography collection.  There’s plenty of bluegrass in the region this weekend and UK Fine Arts Dance Minor has a concert. Here with a preview of weekend events is Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader. 


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7:00am

Fri January 31, 2014
Education

Higher Ed Budget Discussion Includes Call for Merging Agencies, Vocal Universities

Science Building on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University
Credit Eastern Kentucky University

A review of higher education budget issues has included a call for merging education administration and urging university presidents to become more politically vocal.  The discussion occurred during a meeting of the state budget review committee.


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5:46pm

Tue January 28, 2014
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Lexington's Michael Johnathon Remembers Folk Icon Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger performs during a concert marking his 90th birthday at Madison Square Garden in New York on May 3, 2009.
Credit Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images via npr.org

During his 94 years, Folk singer Pete Seeger left his mark on music and social activism across the U.S. and around the world.  But Seeger was also a major influence in the life of a Kentuckian who knew him from childhood.


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7:00pm

Mon January 27, 2014
-Eastern Standard

Eastern Standard: Is Teaching Creationism Harmful to Children, Society?

Send your comments or questions before this week's show to: wekueasternstandard@gmail.com or leave a message at 859-622-1657

As Bill Nye, the Science Guy gets ready to debate the founder of Kentucky’s Creation Museum, we’ll have our own conversation on the topic on Eastern Standard.

Is teaching creation to children harmful to them and to our society?

Is evolution merely one theory of the earth’s origins and equal to creationism?

Is this topic even worthy of a debate?

Our guests for this show:

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8:49am

Mon January 27, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Misused Pronouns, Distorted Streaming & #worldissuesnotcelebrity

Send your Feedback by email to: WEKU (at) EKU (dot) edu or call 859-622-1657. You can also post it on the Facebook timeline or send a tweet @889weku.

Here’s a note from Sonja that we received last weekend, “Heard the commercial this morning advertising about Governor Beshear's presentation, "...join so and so and I," and I cringed! The pronoun "I" is subjective tense while "me" is on the objective tense.

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7:30am

Mon January 27, 2014
Focus on Business

Focus on Business: Lexington Mayor Jim Gray on Economic Advancement Efforts

While Lexington and Louisville remain rivals in many areas, the mayors of both cities continue to move forward on a mutually beneficial economic partnership. They formed the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement (BEAM).  They commissioned the Washington, D.C. think tank, The Brookings Institution, to conduct a study into the feasibility of creating a 22-county economic region, anchored by Lexington to the east and Louisville to the west. 

In this week's Focus on Business, Tom Martin discusses some of the study's findings and its vision with Lexington Mayor Jim Gray.

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8:41am

Fri January 24, 2014
Arts Weekly

Copley: Art Ball Previews Light Sculpture & Kentuckians Compete in Grammys

The Lexington Art League kicks off its winter light event this weekend at the annual Art Ball and a couple of Kentuckians are contenders for this year's Grammy Awards. Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader previews this weekends events.

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9:57pm

Tue January 21, 2014
The Commonwealth

Gov. Beshear's 2014 Budget Address Text & Fact Sheets

Governor Steve Beshear delivered his Budget Address before a joint session of the Kentucky General Assembly Tuesday January 21 at the State Capitol in Frankfort. 

Attached are copies of the Governor's address and fact sheets with information about specific aspects of his budget proposal.   These are .PDF documents that you can download to your computer or click to view in a .PDF reader.

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6:00am

Tue January 21, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Officials Concerned About Cable TV Complaints

The number of cable television concerns expressed by Lexington residents is causing concern for some city leaders.  While the city continues negotiations for a renewed agreement with Time Warner Cable, Council member Harry Clark says some of the citizen comments made at a recent public hearing were ‘horrifying.’  “This is not sufficient for Lexington Kentucky.  I mean we value the quality of life in a lot of ways, and this is a standard that we ought to be providing for all of our citizens who are interested in cable,” said Clark.

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1:13pm

Mon January 20, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Listeners Help Keep WEKU Accurate

We'd like to read or hear your Feedback. Send your comments by email to: WEKU (at) eku (dot) edu or call 859-622-1657. Follow us and message us on Twitter @889weku

On Friday morning, we received a tweet from listener Daniel , “Why did you announce Berea College was on a 2 hr delay? I can't find any other source saying so including email from the college.”

As the person on the air during the morning in question, I was very aware that Berea College was NOT on delay or closed.  Daniel apparently caught me in a slip that resulted in the mistake.   What was true is that earliest reports were about Berea Community Schools on such delay.   And, of course, that situation had changed so the schools were actually closed.

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