An early spring forest fire has led to the closure of a Southeast Kentucky state park. The woodland fire fed by gusty winds forced the Sunday shut down of Kingdom Come State Park in Harlan and Letcher counties. Local fire departments and about 50 Division of Forestry firefighters worked to contain the fire, which at one point covered about 465 acres including some state park property. Forestry officials set up an emergency command center at the park.
WEKU says "Thanks" to everyone who donated during the Spring Fund Drive. The drive ended Saturday at 1:00 pm, about $9,000 short of the $80,000 goal.
During this drive we've invited listeners to become Day Sponsors. As a special benefit, all Day Sponsors will be welcome at a reception with former NPR newscaster, Jean Cochran, and a taping of WEKU's Eastern Standard, Wednesday evening May 7 in Lexington.
If you didn't get a chance to pledge during the drive, you can still make your $180 donation ($15 per month) now or contribute any amount you choose.
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.
Starting at around 9:00 o'clock this morning, these signals will be off the air for a brief time so we can make technical adjustments. Our engineers will keep the outage as brief as possible, but we may be off for as much as an hour or more.
We apologize for the inconvenience and advise you, if possible, to tune to either 88.9 or 90.9 or listen online from our website at WEKU dot FM.
The Lexington Herald Leader's Rich Copley has written a tribute to WEKU News Director Charles Compton, who's moving on today after eight years at the station. We've been looking for a way to pay tribute to Charles on the air and we couldn't say it better....
Gov. Steve Beshear will deliver his State of the Commonwealth Address Tuesday evening January 7.
Governor Steve Beshear will deliver his State of the Commonwealth Address before a joint session of the House and Senate Tuesday evening January 7 at 7:00 p.m. The WEKU stations will carry "live" coverage provided by Kentucky Educational Television.
Renee Shaw and Bill Goodman co-anchor KET’s coverage, which includes analysis and interviews with political leaders.
Tune in at 2:00 this afternoon (Friday) for NPR's "live" coverage of a Presidential News Conference
WEKU presents "live" coverage of President Obama’s press conference this afternoon at 2:00. NPR tells us he’s likely to discuss the economy, health care and the NSA among other topics.
Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson of Here & Now will host the special and will be joined from Washington by NPR Health Policy Correspondent Julie Rovner, National Security Correspondent Larry Abramson and White House Correspondent Scott Horsley.
As usual, we have a full and varied line-up programming for Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Christmas and New Year's for both WEKU and Classic 102.1. Click here for the listening and access to a downloadable version of the schedule.
Plus, we have sponsorships available for businesses and other organizations. For more information, call 859-622-7270 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leaders of Kentucky’s public radio stations are considering how they might collaborate and consolidate operations, with a goal of cutting costs and boosting reporting on local and regional issues. Six of Kentucky’s seven public radio stations have enlisted Public Radio Capital to assess benefits of closer collaboration and to help advance the process if all agree to move ahead. Universities hold licenses to five of the stations and may need to join future negotiations as well. The state has some history of successful station mergers. In 1993, WUOL, licensed to the University of Louisville, and two stations operated by libraries merged under the auspices of the Public Radio Partnership, a newly formed community licensee. Read more...
WEKU is once again a proud media sponsor of the Keeneland Concours d'Elegance. This year's four-day event will again be held at the beautiful Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky, showcasing over 130 of the finest collector vehicles in the country---from antiques to future classics.
WEKU's Carol Siler & Michael Carter are among the EKU employees beginning "early retirement" from the University
Friday June 28 is the day when numerous employees of Eastern Kentucky University are beginning retirement as part of a cost-saving plan. Among them are two familiar voices of WEKU: Development Coordinator Carol Siler, whom you have heard many times during station fund drives and other events; and Michael Carter, Music Director and classical music host.
Tune in for NPR's special coverage of the President's speech Thursday afternoon at 2:00 on the WEKU Stations.
WEKU will carry NPR coverage of President Obama's speech at the National Defense University in Washington, DC. During the 2:00 pm talk, he is expected to announce major changes in US foreign policy regarding the use of drone air strikes overseas.
Here we go again, apologizing for a technical issue, but seriously the problem with A Prairie Home companion on Saturday evening was a computer playlist error that went unnoticed when prepping for the weekend. For those who are really interested in what goes on behind the scenes, feel free to read on. Otherwise, we won't be offended.
"The trouble is not in your set." Difficulties that kept NPR's Morning Edition off the air for most of the hour between 6:00 and 7:00 am Monday originated at NPR in Washington. By way of background, NPR's ENTIRE operation has been moved into new facilities during recent weeks. WEKU apologizes for the inconvenience and disruption. We are in communication with NPR's technicians and management to discover what happened and we are confident that they are doing whatever they can to avoid future incidents of this type.
Thanks for your understanding and continued support.
Listen to Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me Saturdays at 11:00 am and Sundays at 3:00 pm on 88.9 WEKU
Thanks to all who showed up Thursday night at the Fayette Mall in Lexington and the Grand Theatre in Frankfort for the first-ever "live" cinecast of Wait Wait..Don't Tell Me. We hope you had as good a time as we. Whether you saw it "live" or not, don't forget to tune in for the edited and packaged results Saturday morning at 11:00 and Sunday afternoon at 3:00.
If you were selected in our random drawing, we're trying to make contact directly. Check your Facebook "other messages" in-box. If we have an e-mail address or phone number, you may have already heard from us.
Grand Prize Giveaway: Trip to Florida and Set of Briggs and Riley BRX Luggage
The winner will fly our exclusive air carrier, Louisville International Airport to Ft. Myers, Florida for a week-long stay at Peg’s Paradise, a beautiful condo with views of the Gulf and Bay Bridge. The winner will also receive a 3-piece set of Briggs and Riley Luggage provided by Leather Incorporated, Lexington Green. Prize package valued at over $2500. More details below.
On Friday March 15, Joseph Beth Booksellers will host their Community Appreciation Day with giveaways, kid's crafts, special events, and storewide savings. WEKU is proud to be a Joseph Beth Gives Back partner. Find out how you can contribute to the community (and WEKU) through the Joseph-Beth Gives Back program!
ALL DAY GIVEAWAYS Enter to win prizes from Joseph Beth, Lexington Children’s Theatre, The Norton Center, Broadway Live! At the Opera House, and the Kentucky Theatre.
The WEKU Stations and Kentucky Educational Television will combine forces to present a special interactive program discussing the issues and accomplishments of the 2013 Kentucky legislative session. KET's Bill Goodman and WEKU's John Hingsbergen will co-host the hour-long program Tuesday morning March 12 from 11:00 am until noon.
WEKU intern Melissa Foster, 21, music performance and industry major from Florence, works the sound board at the radio station.
Credit Photo by Seth Littrell
Every week nearly 65,000 people tune-in to a radio station that broadcasts from right here on Eastern’s campus. The radio station is WEKU, which focuses on public radio, airing programs such as Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as contributing their own local and state news. WEKU reaches more people on a weekly basis than any other university organization, Charles Compton, WEKU’s news director, said. The station is also pulling its best ratings since 2005. According to Compton the station’s future may be under question despite its recent success.