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On Facebook, Steve commented in response to the post about the Eastern Standard show, posing the questions, Is Religion Obsolete in the 21st Century, “ He writes, “I find it quite distasteful that you are airing this program on Easter Sunday. I would rather listen to your fund drives." 

Steve continued, "I would expect this from such a liberal station but your choice of when to air it is off the charts. Anyway, letting you know that I will not be sending any more money your way and I am taking you off my presets.”  

Logan Riley

Next month, voters from across the Commonwealth go to the polls to select candidates for the fall gubernatorial election.  Meanwhile, one Kentuckian has launched a campaign for our nation's highest elected office.

In other news, well....we'll ask our reporters around the table for what's on their minds.

Our guests this week:  Stu Johnson WEKU Reporter; Sam Youngman, political reporter with the Lexington Herald Leader; Ryland Baron, KPRN's State Capitol Bureau Chief.  

This Thursday, churches, temples, public buildings and others will ring bells for four minutes, symbolizing the four years of the war that threatened to tear our country apart. That day, April 4, will mark the 150th anniversary of the "war between the states."

On this week's show, we'll discuss the Civil War, its end and its effects on Kentucky.

Our guests this week:

Robert wrote to us, “I was wondering if Kentucky Center Stage programs are archived for any period of time, so that one can listen to them from the website after they are broadcast."

Robert explained, "I was a soloist (Evangelist) for the St. John Passion, but was occupied and unable to stream it from the website (I’m out of radio range). I wondered if I can listen to it later, like Millenium Stage on the Kennedy Center’s website.”

First up, a response to listeners who have been in touch regarding technical problems with our signal at 88.5 in Corbin. We are very much aware of some issues there in the last few days and engineer Bill Browning is looking into what’s going on there.  

The best we can tell at the moment is that it’s another case of an unreliable Internet connection.  We apologize for the disruptions and we remain grateful to those who write or call to let us know about them, especially Karen in London.

Richard Turner

For Christians, this week is Holy Week while Jews are getting ready for Passover. During this week when many people are thinking about such matters, we’ll discuss the role of faith in our society. 

We start with an email note from Connie, “As I listened to feedback this morning, I felt compelled to speak up and say how much I value your programming (except for Ask Me Another) and how glad I am that I can receive it from the Hazard transmitter.(90.9)"

Connie continued, "If the transmission gets staticky, I listen on my phone and have never had a problem.  Anyway, I wanted to send you a big thumbs-up.”

Logan Riley

A three-part public TV series will focus next week on Cancer: the Emperor of All Maladies.  It’s the latest production from documentarian Ken Burns. On this week’s Eastern Standard, Cancer in Kentucky.  

Richard Turner

In recent decades, the distinctions between police and the military have increasingly clouded. On this week's program, we will meet Eastern Kentucky University's Dr. Peter Kraska, a leading scholar of policing and criminal justice as we discuss Expanded Police Militarization.


Here’s an anonymous call from the WEKU Listener Comment Line. (male caller) “It’s about 4:30 in the afternoon here and I’ve heard this every Saturday, for the last three weekends, I know for sure.”

For those who heard our feedback last week, this is especially embarrassing, since we’ve now allowed the same episode of On the Media to air three weeks in a row.

As I mentioned last week, it was originally an error by the producer in New York, failing to properly date the computer audio files.  This week, it is clearly our fault and WILL NOT happen again.

Logan Riley

The Kentucky Senate wants to require public school students to use the bathroom of their biological sex. That’s an issue affecting transgender students while late last year, an Ohio teen committed suicide stating a hope that her death would create a dialogue about discrimination, abuse and lack of support for transgender people.

On this week's show, we'll carry on the dialogue about transgender rights and identity.

We had an email  from listener, Scott:  “What gives with iPhone app?  Cluttered, confusing, icons that don't seem to do anything, can't access 102.1.” 

“Just simplify,” Scott continued, referring to other stations that have apps he likes.   “You can do better.”

Sara, wrote to us on Facebook Saturday, “I think today's broadcast of On the Media repeats last week's.”

Richard Turner

Last month, Eastern Kentucky University faced a perceived threat on public safety stemming from bathroom graffiti.

  On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll discuss emergency planning, crisis management, and communication on college campuses.

Peter, from Paris, Kentucky emailed us, “There has been a lot of feedback recently on traffic reports outside of Lexington or when the Traffic Management Center is closed. It sounds like the trick is having a reliable data source. I might suggest partnering with one of your TV media partners who already have traffic reporting mechanisms in place or looking into a service such as Waze which allows drivers to report incidents as they see them.” 

Police shootings in African-American communities have been in the headlines during recent months. Such incidents have raised concerns about race relations.

Due to scheduling issues in trying to produce an original show for this week, this program was an "encore presentation" of one that originally aired on August 29, 2013.  Here is a link to the original post.

Guests for this week's program will include:

Here’s a call we received from listener David in Lexington, “I  love your station.  Could not live without it but I do have a couple of complaints.  One is the way the announcers slant the weather reports. If it’s possible to make it sound worse than it’s going to be, it seems like that’s the kind of emphasis." 

David continues, "One of your announcers, ‘It’s only gonna be five degrees, and it’s only gonna be…’ No matter what it is, he says ‘It’s only gonna be.’ How about just the facts?”

Listener Alyce wrote to us this past week, “Now that 88.9 is updated and fixed, how about keeping 88.5 on the air and eliminate that awful occasional belch.  The strength can be worked on too.  I live in Eubank and some days can’t even get 88.5 in the house.  Other days it’s so weak and full of staticky “air” it’s too hard to listen. On the way to work in Somerset, I have to toggle between 88.5 and 88.9.  Some days I have to listen to Western  to get the news.”

A change of plans from the originally-scheduled topic, which we will be re-scheduling at a later date. Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson joins us to discuss how the university handles "snow days," terroristic threats and other matters.

Send your questions, comments or stories by email to wekueasternstandard@gmail.com or call 859-622-1657 and leave a comment.

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Eastern Kentucky University officials are continuing to take seriously a threatening message found on the campus last week.  

Catching up with a comment posted on the website at www.WEKU.fm, over a week ago, listener J.C. wrote, ”In the past two days, there have been news stories and announcements, previously recorded obviously, run long after their timeliness and relevance had passed. In one case, a report announcing the death of former Kentucky Senator Wendell Ford. Mr. Ford died January 22 and the station ran coverage of his funeral. Why was this report, announcing that he had just died, run on JANUARY 29th?"

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. This week's Eastern Standard is an encore presentation of a show first aired on October 9, 2014

 

Guests for this week's show: Josh Nadzam - Researcher and writer for UnderMain (under-main.com); 

Richard Turner

As the 2015 session of the Kentucky General Assembly re-convenes, what issues are on your mind? The Local Option Sales Tax? A statewide smoke-free policy? An increase in the state's minimum wage? We're taking the show on the road to the State Capitol to speak with House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Senate President Robert Stivers.

We’re interested in your comments and questions before the show by email to wekueasternstandard at gmail dot com or on the phone at 859-622-1657.

Last week, we reported that our engineers were getting ready to make repairs to the transmitter for 88.9 in the Richmond, Lexington and Central Kentucky. Well, instead of improving, the signal has gotten a bit worse.  

The fact is, our transmitter is a pretty old one and we’re waiting on the manufacturer to build a replacement part that will get us back to full power.  We’re hoping it will arrive this week. Keep an eye on the website or the WEKU Facebook page for updates.

We had a couple of interesting calls this past week to the WEKU Listener Comment Line. “Hello, this is A.J. and of course you can use my comments on the air. WEKU’s programming is superb.  There is one minor irritation I wonder if you could take care of."

A.J. continues, "When I listen to the stream on (the) TuneIn app, the commercial (sic) that comes before-hand that says, ‘Thank you for tuning in to WEKU and please give,’ is really irritating and it doesn’t make me want to give it just makes me want to get on with the program.”

We had a couple of interesting calls this past week to the WEKU Listener Comment Line. “Hello, this is A.J. and of course you can use my comments on the air. WEKU’s programming is superb.  There is one minor irritation I wonder if you could take care of."

A.J. continues, "When I listen to the stream on (the) TuneIn app, the commercial (sic) that comes before-hand that says, ‘Thank you for tuning in to WEKU and please give,’ is really irritating and it doesn’t make me want to give it just makes me want to get on with the program.”

Last month, the city of Louisville voted to raise the minimum wage to 9 dollars an hour, a move that will be complete by 2017.  As part of the 2015 Kentucky General Assembly, a bill is on the table that could see a similar increase state-wide.   

On this week's Eastern Standard we'll talk the Minimum Wage in Kentucky.

Richard Turner

Kentucky landowners have reported being approached by companies wishing to lease their land, potentially for large scale oil and gas production.   The region in question, referred to as the Rogersville Shale, stretches across Eastern Kentucky and into neighboring West Virginia.    


A listener choosing to remain anonymous, left the following for us last week, “Lately, the program Q is beginning to get on my nerves. I don’t know what has changed about it but I’m suggesting that you not renew them.”

  Q, provided to public radio stations in the U.S. by Public Radio International, is in the process of selecting a new permanent host to replace Jian Ghomeshi who was released some months ago by the Candadian Broadcasting Corporation. We’re glad to have the comments but choosing to take a “wait and see” attitude until the CBC gets things settled out.

In his final State of the Commonwealth address, Governor Steve Beshear called for passage of a statewide workplace smoking ban. Already, cigarettes have already been snuffed out in many businesses, restaurants and campuses across the Bluegrass State and on this week's Eastern Standard, we'll talk smoking bans.

We had a note in response to our December fundraising letter that went out to people who have donated in the past. Tyler commented, “It is with much regret that…I will not be donating any money to NPR for the foreseeable future.” 

Tyler went on, “I cannot in good conscience give money to an organization that takes money from the natural gas industry. People are dying and you are benefiting from it.  It also makes me deeply doubt your ability to be impartial.”

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