Station News & Events


Tue December 2, 2014
Station News & Events

Winter Fund Drive

WEKU and Classic 102.1 depend on the support of our listeners. It's not too late to make a tax deductible donation this year to your favorite station during our Winter Fund Drive!

WEKU 88.9
>>Make a One-Time Gift to 88.9 WEKU
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Classic 102.1
>>Make a One-Time Gift for Music Programming
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CLICK HERE for Official Rules for  the Prairie Home Companion Giveaway

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Fri November 7, 2014
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Special Car Talk Honors Co-host Tom Magliozzi

Join us this weekend for a special edition of Car Talk in remembrance of co-founder and co-host Tom Magliozzi.   During this tribute version of the show, Tom's younger brother Ray will remember some of Tom's most spectacular moments.

You can hear this special program in Car Talk's regular time of 10:00 - 11:00 am Saturday or in a special time, Sunday afternoon from 4:00 til 5:00.

                    CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

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Mon November 3, 2014
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Remembering Tom Magliozzi, Beloved Tappet Brother

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 2:33 pm

Richard Howard

Tom Magliozzi who, along with his brother Ray, hosted NPR’s hit comedy show Car Talk for the last 37 years, died Monday morning, November 3, 2014, from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. “Turns out he wasn’t kidding,” said Ray. “He really couldn’t remember last week’s puzzler.”

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Sun October 26, 2014
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Q Host Jian Ghomeshi Dismissed from CBC

"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.

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Wed October 8, 2014
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Lifting the Curtain on Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me

During this Fall Fund Drive week, WEKU is presenting a series of videos provided by the producers of NPR's irreverent news quiz, Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me.  While you're here, please consider making a donation by following this link or clicking on the box below.

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Thu July 24, 2014
Station News & Events

Former WEKU Station Manager Passes


Former WEKU station manager, Madison Lee Hodges, has died.

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Thu July 3, 2014
Station News & Events

WEKU's Special 4th of July Holiday Weekend Programming

The WEKU stations present special programming for the Independence Day holiday weekend

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


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Fri May 30, 2014
Station News & Events

Support WEKU During Summer FUN Drive

A signed copy of Garrison Keillor's latest book is just one of the four grand prizes to be awarded following the Summer FUN Drive.

WEKU's Summer FUN Drive is underway through the weekend and we're asking for your support for the news, information and entertainment programming we bring you all week throughout they year. 

>>Make a One-Time Gift to 88.9 WEKU

>>Set Up a Sustaining Monthly Gift to 88.9 WEKU

When we reach our overall goal of $25,000, we'll return to scheduled programming uninterrupted by fundraising.

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Mon April 14, 2014
Station News & Events

Forest Fire Closes State Park

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.



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Fri March 21, 2014
Station News & Events

Nearly 500 Support WEKU During Spring Fund Drive

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.

>>Make a One-Time Gift to 88.9 WEKU

>>Set Up a Sustaining Monthly Gift to 88.9 WEKU


Sat February 15, 2014
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Check out Snowy Mountain Trek to put WEKH Back on the Air

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. 

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Wed February 12, 2014
Station News & Events

Special Announcement for listeners of 88.5 WEKF, 90.1 WEKP and 96.9 in Barbourville

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.

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Fri January 17, 2014
Station News & Events

Farewell & Thanks to News Director Charles Compton

Credit Charles Compton's Facebook page

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....

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Sat January 4, 2014
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State of the Commonwealth Address on WEKU Tuesday

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.

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Fri December 20, 2013

"Live" Coverage of Obama News Conference @ 2:00 pm

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.

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Sun December 15, 2013
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"Live" Mandela Funeral Coverage on WEKU

WEKU brings you "live" coverage of the funeral of Nelson Mandela Sunday from 1:00 - 6:00 am.  This coverage is provided by the BBC World Service.

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Sun November 24, 2013
Station News & Events

Holiday Programming for WEKU & Classic 102.1

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

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Sun November 17, 2013
Station News & Events

JFK Featured in Special Programming

Those who knew President Kennedy well remember his lifelong passion for the written word, and his startling capacity to absorb and remember what he read.
Credit Courtesy the JFK Library

We Knew JFK: Unheard Stories from the Kennedy Archives  is a radio documentary in oral history form, built around the recorded recollections of people who knew the former President personally.  The program can be heard on WEKU Sunday evening November 17 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm and at this link.

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Sat August 31, 2013

"Live" Coverage: President to Speak on Syria

From the NPR Two Way Blog: President Obama is expected to speak from the Rose Garden about Syria shortly, but a White House official says his remarks will not be about imminent military operations.

Instead, the official, who asked not to be named, said the president will update the public about his decision on how to proceed.

The president has been considering a limited military strike against Syria, but he said Friday that he hadn't yet made a decision.

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Mon August 19, 2013
Station News & Events

Kentucky Public Radio Stations Evaluate Collaborations

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...


Tue August 13, 2013
Station News & Events

Classic 102.1 Experiencing Technical Difficulties

Classic 102.1 is experiencing technical difficulties and will be back on air as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience.


Tue July 9, 2013
Station News & Events

2013 Keeneland Concours d'Elegance July 18 - 21

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.

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Fri June 28, 2013
Station News & Events

Michael Carter, Carol Siler retiring from WEKU

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.

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Mon June 10, 2013
Station News & Events

$1,000 an Hour, End-of-Fiscal-Year Fund Drive


UPDATE as of Friday 6/14 2:00 pm!

THANKS to the generosity of over 200 donors between Wednesday and Friday, WEKU reached its goal of $25,000 for the "$1,000 an hour End-of-Fiscal-Year Listener Challenge"  Fund Drive!

These donations will assist the station in meeting its financial obligations at the end of the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year.

As of 2:06 pm Friday, we resumed scheduled programming, uninterrupted by fundraising messages.

After three days of asking, we're now giving...THANKS for your generous support of Listener-supported 88.9 WEKU!

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Thu May 23, 2013

Coverage of Presidential speech 2:00 pm today

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.

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Sat May 18, 2013
Station News & Events

Apologies for problems with APHC Saturday

Image from Open Clipart

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.

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Mon May 6, 2013
Station News & Events

Apologies for technical difficulties

"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.  


Fri May 3, 2013
Station News & Events

Hear the results of Thursday night's cinecast this weekend

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.

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Tue April 30, 2013
Station News & Events

Congrats to Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me ticket winners

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. 

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Sun April 28, 2013
Station News & Events

Last Day to enter for Wait Wait tickets

Give us a "like" or comment on the WEKU Facebook page, call 859-622-1667 by midnight Sunday, 4/28 to enter the drawing or click this link for more information.