Station News & Events

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, 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. 

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.

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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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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

Remembering Tom Magliozzi, Beloved Tappet Brother

Nov 3, 2014

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.”

"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 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

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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.

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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.

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....

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Kentucky Public Radio Stations Evaluate Collaborations

Aug 19, 2013

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...

Classic 102.1 Experiencing Technical Difficulties

Aug 13, 2013

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

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.

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.

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

Jun 10, 2013

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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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.