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.
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:
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 Wondersat 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.
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.
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.