Dan Modlin


Dan Modlin served as News Director at WKU Public Radio for 23 years, and retired in early 2013. He's a native of Indiana who grew up in a broadcasting family.  A graduate of Ball State University, he worked for several years in the news network business in the Midwest, specializing in agricultural and political coverage, before coming to WKU Public Radio. His reports have earned numerous national  and state  awards for documentary production, public affairs reporting, and enterprise reporting. 


Civil War Series
10:53 am
Mon July 1, 2013

July Marks the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

Gettysburg battlefield.
Credit Library of Congress

This week marks the 150th anniversary of one of the most important battles of the Civil War.

In this series of three interviews, Dan Modlin speaks with WKU professors Jack Thacker and Glenn LaFantasie about the pivotal battle at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

This series of conversations discusses the battle as it unfolded over three days in July, 1863.

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Civil War Series
9:11 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Black Soldiers Made Key Contributions in Civil War, Despite Often Being Under Poor Leaders

WKU professors Jack Thacker and Glenn LaFantasie talk about the contributions of African-American soldiers to the U.S. Civil War effort, and President Lincoln's role in arming former slaves. They also point out that black units were often placed under inexperienced and ineffective white officers.

This is the latest in WKU Public Radio's series of reports on the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

12:00 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

Some Kentucky Seniors Losing Prescriptions to Theft

This story is an entry in the category of Best Enterprise/Investigative report for the 2013 Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters competition for radio.

This report by Dan Modlin, which aired on November 30, 2012, highlights a disturbing trend in prescription abuse in Kentucky: the theft of medications from senior citizens.

This report includes interview comments from a Kentucky man who says he was has been beaten by a relative so that a doctor will prescribe pain medication. Once that happens, the man's relative steals it from him.

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12:00 am
Sun January 20, 2013

WKU Baseball Players Explain the Art of Pitching

This story is an entry from WKYU-FM in the category of Best Sports Feature/Special for the 2013 Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters awards competition.

In this story, WKYU-FM's Dan Modlin spoke with Western Kentucky University baseball players and coaches about the techniques used by pitchers to win their battles with batters.

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12:00 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Impact of Ovarian Cancer on Kentucky Familes

This audio compilation is an entry in Best Public Affairs reporting for the 2013 Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters awards for radio.

This entry contains two stories on ovarian cancer, and how and why it's one of the most deadly forms of cancer in the world.

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5:15 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Arrest Warrant Issued in Bowling Green Cold Case

Leland Neal
Credit Bowling Green Police Department

Nearly 15 years after a Bowling Green woman went missing, her estranged husband is now wanted for her murder.  Carol Neal was reported missing from her Shawnee Drive home in 1998. 

An arrest warrant was issued this week for Leland Neal, who was last known to be in Mexico. 

Warren County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Cohron says the case got a boost from Neal’s other criminal offenses. "Leland Neal was already under indictment in Warren Circuit Court for some unrelated charges.  He's been on the run from those charges for some time," Cohron states.  "That really helped re-energize the case."

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Security Breach
12:36 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Medicaid Clients to be Notified of Possible Security Breach

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services says information on more than one thousand Medicaid clients may have been involved in a computer security breach. 

The Cabinet says the information that may have been unintentionally released was held by Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services, which is the vendor that manages Medicaid’s information management system.  The Cabinet says an employee of a subcontractor of HPES responded to a telephone computer scam and may have allowed a hacker to get access to health and other information regarding 1,090 Medicaid clients.

Those individuals who might have been affected by the incident will be notified individually by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. In addition, HP ES is arranging for those affected to receive free credit monitoring for one year, to help reduce the chance of identity theft.

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Gifts Going Back
2:31 pm
Tue December 25, 2012

Better Business Bureau Offers Gift Returning Advice

Returning gifts

As shoppers start to return unwanted Christmas gifts, the Better Business Bureau has some advice on dealing with store policies. The BBB says its important to know a seller’s return policy--- and to remember that returning or exchanging items is a privilege, not a right.

If a product was defective, however, you have every reason  to expect the store to provide a substitute or refund.

The Better Business Bureau says most stores will honor an exchange or credit if the buyer of the gift has made a reasonable mistake, like purchasing a sweater of the wrong size or color. The credit can typically be applied to  any other item at that store.

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Child Abuse Prevention
3:47 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Cabinet for Health and Family Services Urges Kentuckians to Reduce Stress During the Holidays

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services is reminding parents to "keep their cool" during the upcoming Christmas holiday period. The agency says when children are home from school and families are facing tight schedules for travel and gatherings with relatives, stress levels can increase and put some children at risk for abuse.

Jim Grace, the Assistant Director of the Division and Permancy, says its "never ok to hit a child." He says its important for parents to help teach children how to communicate, by talking about things that might be bothering them.

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Prescription Abuse
1:27 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Drug Overdose Rates Continue to Climb in Kentucky

Credit Webmd.com

A new report finds there has been an “alarming” increase in drug overdoses in Kentucky in recent years. The data compiled for the study was collected over an eleven year period.

The Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center says drug overdose mortality rates increased 282 percent between 2000 and 2010. In the Bluegrass State, that means the overdose mortality rate has jumped from six deaths per one hundred thousand people to nearly 23 deaths per one hundred thousand people during that eleven year period.

The Research Center is located in the University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health, and is an agent for the Kentucky Department of Public Health.  The new report is based on an examination of  emergency departments, inpatient hospitalization statistics, and mortality data.

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