Listener Feedback

Comments from WEKU listeners phoned in to the Listener Comment Line at 859-622-1657, e-mailed to: WEKU (at) eku (dot) edu, or posted on Facebook.

On the station website at, listener Don wrote a comment in response to a news story by reporter Stu Johnson, headlined Eastern Kentucky Residents Steadily Moving Forward Following Summer Floods,  Don wrote, “Wonderful writing Stu! Keep reporting on life and living!”

We begin this week with a comment from an anonymous listener about traffic reports, “Well, it’s 7:52 in the morning on the 21st of September and traffic is backed up from Versailles Rd. to the first Versailles exit on the Bluegrass Parkway, and the morning drive host is telling us there are no delays to be concerned about.  You don’t have anybody spotting for you or your head’s in the sand or something.” 

Last week we mentioned that we forwarded a question to NPR from listener Antoinette, “Is it true that NPR will not include Bernie Sanders as a viable candidate for the democratic presidential nomination?”

NPR released a statement in response to questions of this type, referring specifically to a story titled “Biden Fuels Speculation Of Presidential Run With College Affordability Speech.” 

A Lexington listener emailed us, asking to remain anonymous.  He begins by saying, “Thanks for the rush hour traffic reports.”  He then points out that we sometimes mispronounce one of the boulevards in Lexington, saying,  “Aristides is pronounced with the accent on the second “i,” which is a “long” “i,” as in Aphrodite, instead of like Euripides.”  

Aristides, the horse, won the first Kentucky Derby in 1875.

Last week we brought you some comments from listeners who stopped by to see us at two area festivals, namely the Woodland Art Fair and Crave Lexington. Here are some more comments from the weekends of August 15th and 16th and the 22nd and 23rd.    

The news story on the WEKU website headlined,  Judge Orders County Clerk to Issue Marriage Licenses by August 31st, received a number of comments in the Disqus area attached to the story.

Among those comments, one from a writer self-identifying as “Stryke,”  “So, in America, a land of laws, any little two-bit clerk can just pick and choose which ones he/she will abide by and enforce? Regardless of Supreme Court rulings? Have we gone utterly insane?” 

Here’s an update on transmitter problems in Hazard and Pineville:  First, the tough one, Hazard. We are awaiting a response from an insurance adjuster about that situation, hoping our claim of possible storm damage will provide some funds to help us get a new transmitter on the air.  As for now, 90.9 is still operating at about 500 watts.  That about 5% of the normal power for that station.

In the midst of our efforts to find the funds to replace our transmitter for 90.9 in Hazard, we have a situation in Pineville.  The transmitter for 90.1 WEKP went off the air, possibly during a storm last week and remains off the air today.

Our engineers traveled to the site on Friday and are working with the manufacturer to diagnose and repair the problem keeping it off the air.

Judy posted this on the website at regarding last week’s Eastern Standard,  “Thank you for your recent program on the projected effects of climate change. I was able to hear only a portion of the program as I was in transit to a meeting and listening on my car radio."

Here's an email we received from listener, Jerry, "I  live in Johnson City, Tennessee and my family lives in Lee County Virginia. We can no longer hear WEKU on the radio. Please get it back on the air. What is the problem?"

Jerry's email represents numerous emails, phone calls and other messages we’ve been receiving for the greater part of the past two weeks.

We’ve had another major problem with our transmitter at 90.9 FM. It went off the air last Tuesday morning during a thunderstorm and our engineer worked two full days trying to get it back to full power. Sadly, Phil Hayes was unable to do so and apparently the outdated and elderly equipment has passed the terminal stage.


The signal is back on the air operating at very low-power until further notice. Thankfully, we are able to provide service once again to immediate Hazard/Perry County area and communities nearby.

Last week we aired a comment from Mona, concerned that we were canceling The Dinner Party Download.  I wrote to her explaining the new Friday evening schedule and here’s part of her response, “As you surmised, I discovered (to my delight) on Friday evening that Dinner Party Download had simply been shuffled in the day's schedule -- it is such a great way to kick off the weekend!"

Here’s another response to the question of whether listeners still appreciate Car Talk in its current form as a “best of” program. Jana, of Frankfort writes, “I actually started listening to WEKU rather than another area station because you carry Car Talk."  

Jana continued, "I enjoy the old episodes and listen nearly every Saturday morning while I lounge around trying not to get up and do anything productive!”

Last week, we aired a Facebook message from listener Rebecca, wondering if others shared her view that it was time to re-think the airing of The Best of Car Talk and we tossed it to you.  As of this weekend, we have had a total of three responses.  One from Tom in Lexington agreeing with Rebecca. 

On the Listener Comment Line, Susan left the following message on Friday morning, “Roughly at 8:45, you said that Juneteenth was the anniversary of the last state in the Union freeing its slaves. 150 years ago today, slaves had not yet been freed in Kentucky.”   

Susan goes on to tell us, “Because we were not a secessionist state, our state continued to hold some of our people in slavery in violation of their dignity.”

Pat emails us, “I love the NPR app for my Kindle, but WEKU seems to have disappeared.  I have tried zip code, city/state and call letters with no success. Any search tips?” 

We’re not sure what’s going on with the Kindle app for NPR but we’re going to check it out and report back to our listeners at a later date.

From the WEKU Facebook page, some comments about this week’s Eastern Standard show on the Shaping Our Appalachian Region Initiative and the economy of Eastern Kentucky.

Lisa wrote, “ Enjoyed this show and hearing the plans for Eastern Kentucky. Nice job Ian Mooers, your associates, and the host. This is always a good show.”

We had two tweets at the end of the week from John Paul, regarding last week’s broadcast of Eastern Standard featuring NPR national political correspondent Don Gonyea, John Paul wrote, “Interesting program.  Thanks for letting us get to know Don a little better,” followed by “I was somewhat surprised in his remarks re. biased coverage. I'm convinced that bias is part of every human commentary.”

Here’s a voicemail message we received early Thursday morning from Danny, “Right at 4:00 am on May 28, we were hearing a flute song and, when that went off, nothing else happened.” 

On our website is the news story by WEKU’s Stu Johnson, headlined, Second Hemp Crop Planted in Ky. A reader, identifying as "Hemp Authority," commented, ”This will be a great test to see what actually comes of some serious acreage of hemp growth across the state. Hopefully the industry will come back strong and create many new jobs and tax dollars.” 


First up, an announcement regarding technical matters.  For the next few weeks, we are likely to have outages on 90.9 WEKH out of Hazard as a result of tower work being done by our “landlord” KET. 

These outages will happen during daylight hours, on days when weather permits work on the tower and they are unavoidable due to the nature of the work as a matter of safety for the tower crews.

You’ll find more information on the WEKU Facebook page and at WEKU dot FM.

We’re still struggling with some technical issues, especially on the 90.9 signal out of Hazard. Just so you know, we are working on diagnosing the problem that some listeners are reporting and then getting it fixed.  Thanks for your patience and please keep letting us know when you hear technical problems.

Our comments this week are, as is often the case, all focused on technical matters. Last week, a listener informed us that the pre-roll message on our web audio stream is still playing on one device, her Kindle.

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.”  

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.

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.”

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.

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.”

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.” 

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?”