Station News & Events

Remembering WEKU Content Manager, John Hingsbergen

Nov 30, 2017

It is with great sadness we are sharing this heartbreaking news--our Chief Content Manager, John Hingsbergen died suddenly Tuesday evening. John was instrumental in the success of WEKU since arriving in 2011 after a career that started in greater Cincinnati. Among the things we'll miss are his passion for radio well done, his commitment to civil discussion as reflected on Eastern Standard, and his dedication to listening to every comment, pro and con, with our listener feedback segments. We want to hear your stories about how John touched your life professionally and personally.

WEKU Honored With Three First Place Awards by Ky Associated Press

Apr 30, 2017

WEKU has been honored with three awards in the 2016 Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters competition.

The awards were presented during a ceremony Saturday evening at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Lexington.

Investigative Reporters and Editors has honored NPR’s Howard Berkes and the Ohio Valley ReSource for reporting on the resurgence of black lung cases in Appalachia.


An executive order issued Friday banning refugees and limiting immigration from several Muslim-majority countries set off a flurry of protests and court filings over the weekend.

On November 18, 1967, one of Kentucky’s most scenic and treasured wilderness areas was poised to become Red River Lake. The pivotal visit by U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas placed the local controversy into the national spotlight.  

News for Hazard Listeners at 90.9 FM

Oct 11, 2016

Here’s a message of interest to listeners of WEKH in Hazard. Your long wait is almost over! 

Due to technical work at the transmitter site, listeners may experience disruptions of the station’s signal at 90.9 FM for the next few days.

We apologize for the disruption but assure you that, once this work is finished, you’ll be pleased with the results!

Stay tuned for more information, watch Facebook and Twitter for more information as well as the website at WEKU dot FM.

Julian Lage/Chris Eldridge on Kentucky Summer Stage

Sep 1, 2016

This week on Kentucky Summer Stage….

Two masters of the acoustic guitar.

Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge performed this past Spring at Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts.

Enjoy the guitar mastery of Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge in this year’s season-finale of Kentucky summer Stage, Sunday evening at 8:00 on 88-9 WEKU.

WindSync Mini-Concert at EKU on Kentucky Summer Stage

Aug 23, 2016
John Hingsbergen

On this week’s Kentucky Summer Stage…WindSync...

Their hometown Houston Chronicle calls the quintet “revolutionary chamber musicians”

The gold medalists in the national Fischoff Chamber Music Competition gave a mini concert on the campus of Eastern Kentucky last Sunday and you can hear it on Kentucky Summer Stage Sunday evening at 8:00 on 88.9 WEKU.

A Grand Night for Singing on Kentucky Summer Stage

Aug 11, 2016

On this week's show, the annual summer production of UK Opera Theatre featuring over a dozen showtunes, "A Grand Night for Singing."  So many tunes that we're going to have to do it as a two-part production.   

Join us for Kentucky Summer Stage, Sunday August 14 AND August 21 at 8:00 pm on WEKU.

Feedback on News, Stardate, RNC Coverage

Jul 25, 2016

Listener Lee from Lexington was not happy with the presentation of a news story this past week, “In a recent news report about the NBA’s boycott of North Carolina, a WEKU news reporter said that the boycott was over a law infringing the civil rights of LGBTQ people."  

Lee continued, "That is editorializing, not news reporting.  I expect better than that of WEKU.”

Count Basie Orchestra, Diane Schuur on Ky. Summer Stage

Jul 20, 2016

It's cool jazz for a hot summer night on this week's Kentucky Summer Stage. Our July 24, 2015 show features the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra and Diane Schuur recorded in concert at Centre College's Norton Center for the Arts Friday October 30, 2015.

It’s the Count Basie Orchestra and Diane Schuur, at the Norton Center for the Arts during our eclectic series of concert programs, Kentucky summer Stage, Sunday evening at 8:00 on 88-9 WEKU.

Good Lovelies on Ky. Summer Stage

Jul 13, 2016

On this week’s Kentucky Summer Stage, Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough and Sue Passmore, the Good Lovelies.  The Canadian folk/country trio performed October 22, 2015 at the EKU Center for the Arts in Richmond. 

Tune in and enjoy the Good Lovelies during our eclectic summer music series, Kentucky Summer Stage, Sunday evening at 8:00 on 88-9 WEKU.

Folk Singer/Songwriter John McCutcheon on Ky. Summer Stage

Jun 29, 2016

On this week’s Kentucky Summer Stage...folksinger, songrwiter and multi-instrumentalist John McCutcheon. 

Our eclectic series of “live” performances continues with John McCutcheon’s concert in May at the Union Church in Berea, KY.

Tune in and enjoy, KSS Sunday evening at 8:00 on 88.9 WEKU.

Susi Lawson

A concert featuring the music of Berea-based Sam Gleaves kicks off the 2016 season of our eclectic music series Kentucky Summer Stage.  

Sunday evening's broadcast at 8:00 pm features the Virginia-native singer/songwriter accompanied by: Tyler Hughes, Deborah Payne, Stephanie Jeter and Cory Shenk in a January 31, 2016 concert at the Bluegrass United Church of Christ in Lexington.

Hillary Pool Audio

May 10, 2016

  This is where we will post pool audio from Hillary Clinton's 5/10/16 visit to Lexington.

The WEKU stations will provide "live" coverage of the funeral service for fallen Richmond Police Officer Daniel Ellis Wednesday morning beginning at 11:00.  

The radio broadcast, anchored by WEKU's John Hingsbergen and Roger Duvall, will continue until the end of the service being held at Eastern Kentucky University's Alumni Coliseum.

From the program for the service:

My Old Kentucky Home

WEKU Part of New CPB-Funded Journalism Effort

Nov 9, 2015

WEKU, the public radio service of Eastern Kentucky University, is among seven public media stations in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia that will share a $445,000 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to establish an Ohio River Regional Journalism Collaboration. 

90.9 FM WEKH, Hazard Off the Air

Jun 22, 2015

Transmitter problems that developed over the weekend have taken 90.9 FM WEKH off the air. 


Engineers are working on diagnosing the problem and getting the station back on the air.

Spring Fund Drive 2015

Apr 8, 2015
© NPR 2004 Photo by Steve Barrett

WEKU's Spring Fund Drive is April 8-14

Thank you to everyone who gave Wednesday morning to make our One-Hour Day of fundraising a success! We reached the goal of raising a day's worth of donations in one hour---coming in at just over $20,000!

If you have yet to give it is not too late. Use one of the secure links below to make your donation now.

>>Make a One-Time Gift to 88.9 WEKU

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As an added bonus, everyone who contributes at the Day Sponsor level ($180) will be invited to a special event with NPR National Political Correspondent, Don Gonyea on May 1st. More information about the event coming soon.

Winter Fund Drive

Dec 2, 2014

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
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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

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

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.”

Q Host Jian Ghomeshi Dismissed from CBC

Oct 26, 2014

"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.

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.

Former WEKU Station Manager Passes

Jul 24, 2014

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

WEKU's Special 4th of July Holiday Weekend Programming

Jul 3, 2014

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


Support WEKU During Summer FUN Drive

May 30, 2014

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.

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.



Nearly 500 Support WEKU During Spring Fund Drive

Mar 21, 2014

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

Check out Snowy Mountain Trek to put WEKH Back on the Air

Feb 15, 2014
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.