John Hingsbergen

Associate Manager/Program Director

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Eastern Kentucky University issued an alert Sunday night following a report of a person with a gun on the Richmond campus. After sending an initial notice to students, faculty and staff at 9:24 pm, university officials issued a "Secure In Place - Hide Out" alert at 9:35 pm.  This alert was issued following a report of an attempted robbery outside the university's Clay Hall.

WEKU is following the story and will have more information when it is available. Follow this link to information posted on the EKU website. 

According to the Kentucky Distillers Association, about 9,000 people owe their paychecks to the distilling industry which brings in over 300 million dollars in taxes for the state. More than 8,000 people are employed in jobs related to the brewing and distribution of beer.  That industry adds 160 million in tax revenue. 

On this week’s EST, we’ll discuss the impact of Beer and Bourbon in the Bluegrass.

This past week, we shared with our Facebook followers a picture of some new equipment we have installed in the Master Control Room for the WEKU Stations.  It’s an idea whose time has come, a set of volume meters that allow us to see the return air signals from the four WEKU news and information stations and also our music outlet, Classic 102.1.

It’s just one step in our recent efforts to make sure we are delivering a reliable signal for all our listeners.

Jonese Franklin

A  new novel by a Lexington-based author Brad Jones addresses issues of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and care for our nation’s veterans. During this PTSD Awareness Month, we’ll hear more about the novel Black Walls Turn Gray and discuss the experiences of this former Marine who served in Afghanistan.

This program, during the week of Veterans' Day. is an encore of a show that aired this past June. 

Listener Patrick, of Richmond, emailed us, “Great job on the election results synopsis on your 6 a.m. newscast this morning. Such a shame you didn’t bother to share the results from the city your station calls home."

Patrick continues, "Sure, it’s interesting to know that the incumbent Mayor of Lexington won re-election, but how hard would it have been to tell your loyal local listeners how the Richmond Mayoral race went? You went on and on about all the Lexington results, but didn’t mention one Richmond or Madison County result.

Apologies are in order as the time change did not go so well. Joan, in Clark County emailed us Sunday, “Waiting for Terry to come on at 5 A.M. this Sunday morning but Alley continued as if there had not been a time change.”

By way of confession from yours truly, While filling in for our Operations Manager, who took a long weekend, I made am adjustment to the Sunday morning automation playlist that I thought was going to fill the extra hour smoothly.  But, I miscalculated.

The mid-term election will be behind us, but we'll take one more opportunity to discuss it on this week's show. We'll be interested in your reactions to the results, from the point of view of the Commonwealth.

Logan Riley

Next week, the citizens of Lexington will elect a mayor and fill nine of 15 seats on the Urban-County Council.  Kentuckians will choose their six representatives to the U.S. House and on one of the state’s two Senators. On this week’s EST, a Reporters’ Roundtable on the election. 

MARK MAHAN — Herald-Leader

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.) and Democratic challenger Elisabeth Jensen took the stage at the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts Monday, Oct. 27 in a debate for the Sixth Congressional District seat.

Televised live by WKYT-TV’s The CW Lexington (Channel 27.2) and moderated by Channel 27 news anchor and political editor Bill Bryant, the debate also aired on WEKU-FM (88.9).

WEKU listeners have been weighing in on yesterday’s news of the dismissal of Q host Jian Ghomeshi by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 

Tom Johnston writes, Say it ain't so! I love this guy.

Lisa M Pasbjerg “BOO! I love his show!!!!”

Thomas Crabtree “Horrible news!”

WEKU listeners have been weighing in on yesterday’s news of the dismissal of Q host Jian Ghomeshi by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 

Tom Johnston writes, Say it ain't so! I love this guy.

Lisa M Pasbjerg “BOO! I love his show!!!!”

Thomas Crabtree “Horrible news!”

"The CBC's relationship with Jian Ghomeshi, host of the cultural affairs radio show Q, has ended," the network announced Sunday."  

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation posted the story on the news section of its website Sunday afternoon, quoting a news release from the network, "The CBC is saddened to announce its relationship with Jian Ghomeshi has come to an end. This decision was not made without serious deliberation and careful consideration. Jian has made an immense contribution to the CBC and we wish him well," the network said in a statement.

We’re grateful to those who contacted us about technical problems Saturday morning that delayed a number of programs and preempted almost an hour of Weekend Edition. For example, from Sara at 7:09 am, “Tuned in for Bob Edwards Weekend but getting Rick Steves instead...”

From Madeline, “It’s 8:20 and no Weekend Edition. I love Bob Edwards but know I'm missing Scott Simon. Am I going to have to go online to get it?”

Since May, there have been three persons investigated for Ebola contamination in Fayette County.  While none of those cases tested positive, the outbreak in West Africa and the fact that two Americans have gotten the disease have raised concerns all over the U.S.  On this week’s Eastern Standard, how concerned should WE be about Ebola?

While most people are aware of breast cancer today, many forget to take the steps to detect the disease in its early stages. During this Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we'll discuss the disease, how it is detected and treated and meet a survivor.

We had many great comments from listeners who made donations during last week’s fund drive. Hopefully, we can share some of them next week but, this week, I’m passing on some reactions to the Eastern Standard discussion about the explosion of Heroin deaths in Lexington.

Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Both candidates for Lexington mayor agree that employment must be a key focus of local government.

Incumbent Mayor Jim Gray and challenger Anthany Beatty took center stage Wednesday night at Transylvania University, in a debate sponsored by the school and the Lexington Forum. 

Here's the audio from our radio broadcast: 


And, here's the video from LEX-18 TV's telecast;

Here’s a note we received by postal mail from listener Daniel, “For all five days this week, WEKU has not broadcast” ‘Marketplace Morning Report” between 7:50 and 8:00 am. Is this change in programming temporary (I hope) or permanent? I tried to get a clue from your website but my machine locked up.” He adds, “I will no longer be visiting your website.” 

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. On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll meet the the researcher and creator of a multi-media report on the Explosion of Heroin Addiction in Lexington. 

Guests for this week's show: Josh Nadzam - Researcher and writer for UnderMain (; 

On Facebook, Laurie weighed in on the discussion raised last week by Robert, who was echoing our friend Tom Martin on the issue use of the word, “So” at the beginning of answers by guests on talk shows.  Laurie wrote, “I heard this on the listener feedback segment this morning, and I wanted to add my agreement. This phenomenon of "So...." drives me batty! And I hear it on almost every show that involves someone being interviewed.”

Kentuckians as well as folks in Tennessee, Ohio and Michigan are waiting on a ruling on same-sex marriage from the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. Knowing that a ruling could come soon…and in light of growing speculation of the issue going to the nation’s highest court, we’ll discuss Re-defining marriage on this week’s EST.

Earlier this year, Kentucky school officials announced an effort to gather public input on Common Core educational standards.  The standards represent what students in kindergarten through high school should know by the end of each grade.

We're interested in your questions and comments. Send them to:, call 859-622-1657 or send a tweet @889wekuWEKU..


From the Listener Comment Line, a caller choosing to remain anonymous tells us we, along with other area media, missed an element of a recent story from Danville.

The caller says, “A young girl got shot.  What failed to be reported by every single news station is the fact that she was treated at the local hospital, with a lot of work from a lot of team members who put a lot of heart and love into her care.  And yet, it was gleaned over and simply stated that she was flown to U.K.”

Logan Riley

Microsoft has purchased Mojang, the developer of the popular video game Minecraft for $2.5 Billion. On this week's show, we'll discuss the video game industry and the Commonwealth's first academic program dedicated to video game development at Eastern Kentucky University.


WEKU staff were present for the weekend’s Crave Lexington Festival.  As we did a few weeks ago at the Woodland Art Fair, we recorded some comments at the event.

Ann: “I really enjoy listening to WEKU because I get news from all over the world, stories that are close to home all the way to things going on in Africa and the Middle East. Anywhere in the world, I can find about what’s taking place and the most important stories.”

KARLA WARD / Lexington Herald-Leader

An exchange of gunfire in Richmond over the weekend left one man dead and a Lexington police officer with minor injuries.  The incident near the campus of Eastern Kentucky University caused officials to issue a “shelter in place” alert. 

Students, faculty and staff at Eastern Kentucky University received an alert by email, text and telephone Saturday at 9:54 pm.

(audio from alert)

Gov. Steve Beshear has declared this week of September 8 through as Kentucky Storytelling Week. In that context, we'll discuss this form of spoken art with three professional storytellers. 

Delinda Dent is a professor of Education at Eastern Kentucky University who uses and teaches storytelling with her students. Some of her projects with storytelling have included work with the Kentucky Horse Park, Kentucky Riding for Hope, Model Elementary School, and an assisted living complex in Richmond.

We had an email last Monday from listener, Rodger.  He says, “The interview by Susan Stamberg this morning with the new director of the Kennedy Center was sexist. The first things that Susan pointed out were the director's age, cute haircut and smart A-line dress."

Michael continued, "Imagine her pointing out a new male director's smart suit, haircut and five o'clock shadow. Wouldn't happen. I am interested in this person’s qualifications and vision for the future, not her looks or wardrobe!”

Logan Riley

As area restaurants, foodies and others involved in feeding and consumption of edible 

products at this year's Crave Lexington, we'll have a tasty conversation about all things food-related.

Our guests will share some ideas and be prepared for your questions or tips: Robbie Morgan, Director of Crave Lexington 2014;  John-Mark Hack, Executive Director for the Local Food Association; Local celebrity chef, Jeremy Ashby.

Lexington Herald Leader

This week's show features an "encore presentation" of our show from last spring with Joel Aalberts, Director of the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts.  The 2014-15 schedule of concerts and other performances will be the first he has put together for the center which opened in 2011.