John Hingsbergen

Associate Manager/Program Director

Ways to Connect

Some of the WEKU staff spent the better part of this past weekend at the Woodland Art Fair in Lexington and we thought you might enjoy hearing some of the comments we got from people who stopped by to say, “Hello.”

Mary Landrum, of Lexington, says, “I love the focus on public affairs programming.  I like talk radio and I like that WEKU is committed to giving us a variety of opinions. I never know what I’m going to hear and I like that.” 

Landrum says she also likes the classical music, “That’s nice when I’m driving home from a night shift, nice relaxing classical music.”

The tragic death of beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams has shone a spotlight on the issue of depression. We did some research and discovered that Kentucky ranks well within the top ten states experiencing this form of mental illness.  

Guests: 

What stories or issues have been on your mind ? How do you feel about coverage of local, regional, national or international news?  What stories have been covered too much and which stories do we need to hear more about?     

                                   

Doug emailed us, looking for the online version of an NPR story, which we were able to locate for him.  He went on to say, “I certainly enjoy and support your station due to all the diversity that you have throughout the day. I travel a lot in my job and I keep you tuned in. Coming to work and going home WEKU keeps me updated as to what is happened over night and throughout the day.”

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Studies indicate that having access to the Internet increases employment and income, enhances consumer welfare and promotes civic engagement. But, of Kentucky’s 120 counties, 45 have been described as in the “slow lane” of the Information Highway. 

On this week’s EST, we’ll discuss efforts to bring Kentucky’s internet access up to speed.

Our guests:  

- Brian E. Kiser, Executive Director of the Commonwealth Office of Broadband Outreach and Development;

Listener, “Lori” wrote to us this past week, saying “I’ve noticed that you have repeated the same program on Red Barn Radio & Folk Alley for the past three weeks on Sunday mornings.  I know they have new shows.”

She is right and we are grateful that she let us know since some of us are not usually up at 2:00 or 3:00 a.m. We’ve been realigning some staff duties and we’re still getting a handle on some of the details of station operations.

It’s time for our preview of weekend events with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader.  This week Rich updates us on some events that have become summer family traditions in the Lexington area.

The performances Rich  discusses are: Lexington Children's Theatre's production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's version of Cinderella; Ballet Under the Stars presents the 25th annual production at Woodland Park; and Comedy Off Broadway presents Saturday Night Live cast member Jay Pharoah.

First up, the ever-present technical issues (with Classical 102.1)  Female caller: “I just wanted to express as a listener my great appreciation for all your hard work during this very difficult time. I know you’ve had the audio problems at your station and I, as a faithful listener, kept my radio tuned, waiting for you to come back. It definitely came in this afternoon. The music’s wonderful and again you’re very much appreciated, so you do have very faithful listeners out there.”

Richard Turner

As the annual observance of Ramadan draws to a close, on this week’s show, we’ll focus on the basics of Islam with our guests, Richard Cahill, PhD, Director of International Education and Associate Professor of History at Berea College, and Ishan Bagby, PhD, Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Kentucky, as well as board member of Masjib Bilal, one of three mosques located in Lexington.

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A work group of the Shaping Our Appalachian Region Initiative, or SOAR, held a listening session in Richmond Tuesday evening.  A group of 20 people gathered on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University.    

Lexington marketing executive Phil Osborne served as facilitator for the session sponsored by SOAR’s Tourism, Arts and Heritage Work Group. Osborne asked those in attendance to share their ideas about opportunities and challenges for tourism in eastern Kentucky and their potential for economic development.

Richard Turner

The former Soviet Republic of Ukraine has been in constant turmoil this year, turmoil that has apparently led to the downing of a Malaysian Airlines jet with 298 civilians aboard.

  

Listener Michael emailed us, “Would you consider having a different show at 6:00 PM on weekdays instead of repeating the 4:00 hour of All Things Considered? I find myself often listening during both those hours on a given day and it's a drag hearing the rerun.”

We appreciate Michael’s suggestion, and any from our listeners, of course.  I assume most are aware that we do not air a repeat of the first hour of All Things Considered on Fridays.  That’s based on a belief that listening patterns are a bit different as the weekend approaches.

It’s time for our preview of weekend events with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader.  This week, Rich  tells us about The Studio Players’ production of Honky Tonk Angel, the annual Keeneland Concours and the annual Forecastle music festival in Louisville.

On Wednesday morning, Chris from Lexington, wrote, “Didn't we hear all of today's stories yesterday?” As examples, he pointed out the “Jack Conway story” and the “police car story.”

Chris followed up with, “By the way, the news on that one isn't the fee, it's the fact that it's being proposed at all. They're not currently taking cars home.”

State and national parks, underground caves, forests, cliffs and campgrounds are just some of the natural features that bring hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Bluegrass State every year.  

On this program, we'll discuss some of these attributes of our state and hear your questions, comments and stories for guests representing some of the state's outdoor attractions.

 

 

 

Richard Turner

On this week's show, we're turning to YOU for stories about out love affair with cars. Tell us about your first car, your favorite of all time (so far). How about the one that got away and that you wished you had never gotten rid of?


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LexKy Health Dept. ‏@LFCHD tweeted,  “Thx to @889WEKU's Stu Johnson for talking community #health w/ @P4YLex's Larry Johnson this morning.”  That was on June 27th by the way and we’ve posted the picture posted with that tweet with this week’s Feedback on WEKU dot FM.

It’s time for our preview of weekend events with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald-Leader.  Speaking with WEKU’s John Hingsbergen, Rich says the paper and its online service at Lex-Go-dot-com, has a complete listing of Fourth of July celebrations and other events.  Also on his mind this week is Red, white and Boom at Whitaker Park and SummerFest at MoonDance at Midnight Pass Amphitheater. 

WEKU is featuring a number of special programs for this Independence Day weekend. They include: A Capitol Fourth, a "live" concert simulcast with PBS from the U.S. Capitol; a three-hour 4oth anniversary edition of A Prairie Home Companion; and the annual Capitol Steps 4th of July Special edition of Politics Takes a Holiday. 

Here's the schedule:

Friday July 4 

A Capitol Fourth 
8:00 - 10:00 pm "live" on WKYL, Classic 102.1

10:00 pm - midnight on 88.9 and the WEKU network of news and information stations

Saturday July 5

A Prairie Home Companion 4oth Anniversary Special

6:00 - 9:00 pm - A special three-hour "live"  broadcast from the campus of Macalaster College in St. Paul, MN

Sunday July 6

 1:00 - 4:00 pm - A special three-hour re-broadcast of Saturday evening's "live" show

7:00 - 8:00 pm - The Capitol Steps, Politics Takes a Holiday

 

We had a nice note by email from listener Pat, “I used to support WUKY until I recently learned that your station has a lot more news programs on all during the day.  Consequently, I am now financially supporting YOUR station.  You are now a regular expense in my annual budget.” 

Jonese Franklin

Public radio listeners are “world citizens” and, to feed our hunger for news from beyond our own borders, we have excellent resources.  This special show originated in Atlanta, Ga. on September 19, 2013 during the annual conference of Public Radio Program Directors.


It's time for our weekly chat with Rich Copley about weekend arts and cultural activities. Rich tells WEKU’s John Hingsbergen that, with the Oakridge Boys performing Saturday night at Renfro Valley, he had a chance to interview one of the members of the group.  

Rich Copley is an arts reporter for the Lexington Herald Leader.  Information on the weekend’s events is available in today’s (Friday) edition.  You can also find out about arts and cultural events by visiting the events calendar on-line, at WEKU dot FM.

From the Listener Comment Line, “I was listening to the news on the Boone's Trace and I always thought that Boonesboro was in Madison County.” The listener is, of course, correct and the error he heard was in Associated Press copy that we received.  

It’s embarrassing enough that we did not catch that mistake, even more so for myself, since I am the newscaster who read it at noon last Tuesday.  All I can say is we’ll keep our eyes open for such errors in materials we receive from the wire service in the future.

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As the jihadist militant group known as The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant wreaks terror on Iraq, we in the U.S. are asking, "Why should we care about ISIS?" On this week's show, we'll hear some answers from Transylvania University Associate Professor of Political Science, Michael Cairo, PhD.

It’s time for our preview of weekend events with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader.  Rich tells WEKU’s John Hingsbergen that the weekend begins with one of Lexington’s popular Gallery Hops.

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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has suspended the City’s efforts to reinvent Rupp Arena and build a new convention center. The city says it cancelled its plans because the University of Kentucky changed its mind about a new facility lease in 2018.


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.

Listener MSJ wrote a long email about NPR’s relatively new announcer for underwriting credits.  He says, “This is a croaking, creaking, irritating, raspy, untrained, voice which leaves her gasping for air (the sound of which producers at NPR refuse to edit, it seems) at the end of each announcement.


It’s time for our preview of weekend events with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader.  As usual, Rich is on the line with WEKU’s John Hingsbergen, discussing this week and weekend's bluegrass activities, the Harry Dean Stanton Festival and the BlackBird Dance troupe at the Downtown Arts Center.

Rich Copley is an arts reporter for the Lexington Herald Leader.  Information on the weekend’s events is available in today’s (Friday) edition.  You can also find out about arts and cultural events by visiting the events calendar on-line, at WEKU dot FM.

Recent statistics show Kentucky is still a leader, if not THE leader, in cancer deaths among states in the U.S. On this week's show, we'll discuss this unhappy distinction as well as treatment and survival options.


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