Station News & Events


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
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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.


Thu March 21, 2013
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Spring Fund Drive Contest and Rules

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.

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Wed March 13, 2013
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Joseph Beth Booksellers Community Appreciation Day

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!

Enter to win prizes from Joseph Beth, Lexington Children’s Theatre, The Norton Center, Broadway Live! At the Opera House, and the Kentucky Theatre.

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Sun March 10, 2013
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WEKU & KET present Legislative Wrap

Credit File photo

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.

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Fri March 8, 2013
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Spring Fund Drive

Spring Fund Drive, March 19-23
Credit ©Louise Docker

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Spring Fund Drive.

Congratulations to M. J. Davis, of Lexington, the winner of the iPad Mini and Amanda Briggs, of Lexington, the winner of the Grand Prize trip to Ft. Myers, FL.

As of Saturday afternoon listeners have contributed more than $85,000 towards the goal of $90,000. If you have yet to give, it’s not too late.

>>Make a One-Time Gift for WEKU stations
>>Set Up a Sustaining Monthly Gift for WEKU stations

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Mon February 18, 2013
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BBC Strike causes cancellation of News Hour

Many BBC journalists have gone on strike for 24 hours in a dispute over compulsory redundancies.  As a result, WEKU will carry an extra hour of NPR's Morning Edition between 9:00 and 10:00 am Monday.

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Thu February 14, 2013
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WEKU Hopes to Usher in Younger Audience

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.

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Wed February 13, 2013
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WEKU Stations invite listeners to speak out at Community Meetings

At the WEKU Stations, we serve our listeners best when we take the time to hear your issues and concerns. To that end, we invite you to join us at a community meeting designed to tell you about what’s  going on with us and, more importantly, for us to hear your feedback about how we can better serve you and your community.

Here's the meeting schedule, all times 5:30 – 7:00  pm:

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Mon February 11, 2013
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WEKU Listener Feedback February 11

Send us your feedback by e-mail, Facebook, on our website, or by calling our Listener Comment Line at 859-622-1657

First up today, a reaction to last week’s comments.  One of those was a concern about the nature of the humor in Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me.  The other, feeling our programming promotes what he described as the “homosexual agenda.”

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Thu February 7, 2013
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Classic 102.1 now Features Overnight Jazz

Tony Mowod plays Overnight Jazz on Classic 102.1 Monday through Thursday nights from 10:00 pm until 2:00 am.

Overnight listeners in the Lexington and Frankfort areas now have a choice of musical styles.  While 88.9 FM and the network of WEKU Stations continue to present classical Music Through the Night, Classic 102.1 now features Overnight Jazz.

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Fri December 28, 2012
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WEKU continues seeking comments on new Weekend Lineup

Two new Friday programs will kick off the weekend lineup for WEKU on January 4th.  The Dinner Party and Wits are both new offerings from American Public Media. 

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Mon December 10, 2012
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Peter Sagal interview on WEKU

Peter Sagal, host of NPR's popular quiz show, Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me, was a guest on WEKU this past weekend.  Sagal joined Program Director John Hingsbergen for a conversation during the station's three-day end-of-year fund drive that wrapped up Saturday afternoon.

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Tue December 4, 2012
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WEKU & Classic 102.1 Holiday Programs

Happy Holidays from the WEKU Stations!    Follow this link for our full listing of holiday programs and a downloadable/printable version as well.


Thu November 29, 2012
Station News & Events

End-of-Year $1000 Listener Challenge


Thanks to everyone who donated during WEKU's End-of-Year $1000-An-Hour Listener Challenge.

If you didn't get a chance to contributed during the three-day on-air drive, feel free to do so now.

>>Make a One Time Donation
>>Begin a Sustaining Monthly Donation

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Mon November 19, 2012
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Increased Thanksgiving Travel Expected

Motorists this Thanksgiving Week are apt to see congested interstate highways around Kentucky.  Holiday travel is anticipated to increase slightly for the five day period.  Triple-A spokesman Christopher Oakford says that’s been the trend in recent years.  “It’s about a one percent increase on last year, but last year was again an increase on the year before so it gradually seeing a rise or a recovery in the number of people who are choosing to travel since the economic downturn in 2008,” said Oakford.

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Fri November 2, 2012
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Classic 102.1 Fall Fund Drive - Nov. 8th-10th

Since July of last year, Classic 102.1 has been on the air as Your Voice for the Arts, bringing you classical music and jazz plus news about arts and culture in the Lexington area.

Like many other public radio stations, this one is completely dependent on listener support.

Help us get a head start on the 2012 Fund Drive by clicking the links below.

>>Make a Donation to Classic 102.1

>>Give a Sustaining Gift to Classic 102.1 (auto-renewing monthly donation)

Thank you for listening and supporting Classic 102.1

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Tue October 30, 2012

Special storm coverage will continue until 4pm

WEKU will carry a call-in special program from NPR News on the evolving issues as the superstorm Sandy makes its way inland, leaving behind massive flooding in New York city and in widespread areas along the Eastern Seaboard. This coverage will now air until 4:00 pm, followed by complete and in-depth reporting during NPR's All Things Considered.

NPR's Neal Conan will host the broadcast.

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Wed October 17, 2012
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WEKU invites your comments in Listener Survey 2012

WEKU is always interested in comments from our listeners but, especially now as we launch our 2012 Listener Survey.  Please take a few minutes to click this link and complete the survey with information about your listening habits and what you think about our programming. 

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Tue October 2, 2012
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Fall Fund Drive - Thanks for your support!

Jon DeJong

WEKU's Fall Fund Drive ended, as promised, Friday at 6:00 with a total of $78,100 in donations from our generous listeners in Central and Southeastern Kentucky.  This total was less than $7,000 from our final goal of $85,000.

Thank you to all who donated, both before and during the three day and one hour-long drive. 

Watch this space for the names of the winners of our final grand prizes of an iPad and season tickets to Broadway Live at the Opera House.   Although the prizes have been awarded, it's not too late to make a contribution to help us meet our financial obligations during the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

Thanks again for listening and thank you for your support

-->Make a One-Time Gift
-->Make a Sustaining (automatically renewing) Gift



Thu July 19, 2012
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Report Attacks Public Pension "Myths"

A relatively new economic think tank in Kentucky has released a report that pushes back on calls to cut the state's pension benefits. The report from the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy says the idea that public pensioners are well-compensated compared to their private sector counterparts is a myth.

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Thu July 19, 2012
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Keeneland Concours d'Elegance, Car Talk Marathon, this Saturday

The WEKU stations are once again proud media sponsors of the annual Keeneland Concours d'Elegance.  This year's Concours will take place Saturday July 21, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. with the awards ceremony at 3:00 p.m. 

Tune to 88.9 WEKU and our network of stations for our special Car Talk Marathon, including "live" updates from Keeneland from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

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Thu July 12, 2012
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Share your comments about Cabinet of Wonders & other NPR pilots

WEKU is asking for your help in evaluating a total of 3 new shows that NPR is making available to stations. Tune in for Ask Me Another at 2:00 pm and Cabinet of Wonders at 3:00 pm, then let us know what you think below and on our Facebook page.   We're also still glad to hear your comments about The TED Radio Hour, which will be returning to the air for at least a few more weeks later this summer.

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Thu July 12, 2012
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WEKU News Director Elected to Public Radio Board

Eastern Kentucky University

RICHMOND, Ky. -- The news director of WEKU, the public radio service of Eastern Kentucky University, was recently elected as an at-large representative to the Board of Directors of Public Radio News Directors Inc. Charles Compton, who has served as news director at WEKU since 2005, was first elected last year to fill the unexpired term of the Board’s mid-sized newsroom representative. His term as an at-large representative is for two years.

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Thu June 28, 2012

WEKU to carry special coverage of Sup. Court decision

WEKU will carry continuous special coverage of the reaction to today's Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act.   Details below will be updated as necessary throughout the day.

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Thu June 14, 2012
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88.9FM off air at times on Thursday

At some times today, WEKU 88.9 FM will be off the air or operating at low power. This is a result of some necessary work at the transmission tower at Clay’s Ferry.

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Fri June 8, 2012
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Notice for Saturday - 88.9 to be at reduced power or off air

UPDATE:  WEKU 88.9 will likely be operating at reduced power or off the air at times on Saturday AFTERNOON.  Our Hazard, Corbin and Pineville transmitters will be unaffected.  This is a result of work that tower owner KET must have done on the transmission tower at Clay's Ferry.

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Fri June 1, 2012
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Thanks for your support in the Summer Countdown Drive!

John Davies

Thank you to everyone who made a donation last week and during our one-day Summer Countdown fund drive.

Thanks to you, your friends and neighbors...your fellow listeners and members of WEKU, we have completed our fundraising for Spring 2012!

As promised, we stopped our on-air fundraising when we reached, and actually exceeded, our $15,000 goal at 12:54 PM on Friday. The total came in at $16,920!

Your generosity makes it possible for the news, information, and music to be there everyday of the year.

Once again, thanks from WEKU!