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.
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.
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.
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.
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.