Dan Modlin

Producer/Host

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. 

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Economy
1:25 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

General Fund Receipts for September Increase, but Still Fall Below Pace to Meet Official Estimate

Seal of the Commonwealth

Kentucky's General Fund Receipts increased by 5.3 percent last month, compared to September of last year. However, revenues  for the first quarter still fell below the pace needed to meet the official estimate. Meanwhile, road funds declined 3.9 percent.

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Civil War Series
6:36 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Naval Historian Comments on Lincoln's Ability to Deal with Naval Commanders

Far from the Navy, Lincoln's Boyhood Home at Knob Creek
Lincoln Birthplace

Although Abraham Lincoln encountered a number of disappointments with his Army commanders, a noted historian says the nation's 16th president was generally effective in dealing with Naval commanders. Dr. Craig L. Symonds of the U-S Naval Academy says high-ranking officers in the Navy weren't selected as political appointments like some Army officers were.

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Civil War Series
2:00 pm
Sun October 7, 2012

Researchers Say Kentucky's Battle of Perryville took Place at a Key Time in the Civil War

Military Historian Jack Thacker and Civil War Historian Glenn LaFantasie
Clinton Lewis WKU University Relations

A significant Civil War battle took place in Kentucky on October 8th, 1862. The Battle of Perryville claimed the lives of about 7600 soldiers, and some historians now say the battle was more important than some researchers thought in the past. Dr. Glenn LaFantasie of the WKU Institute for Civil War Studies and WKU Military Historian Dr. Jack Thacker  say Confederate forces moved into the state, hoping to get Kentuckians to join their cause.

Health /Safety
1:32 pm
Sat October 6, 2012

October Marks the Start of the Peak Season for Deer Collisions

White Tailed Deer
Brian Scott U.S Fish and Wildlife Service

About 150 Americans are killed each year in car accidents involving  deer collisions. Safety experts say white-tailed deer are also linked to accidents which injure tens of thousands of motorists.

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Sports
6:00 am
Fri October 5, 2012

WKU Public Radio Offers Look Into the Art of Pitching

WKU Baseball Coach Matt Myers with the grip for a slider
WKU Public Radio

As the Major League Baseball play-offs get underway, many teams are counting on strong pitching staffs to move them closer to the World Series. For many fans, it can be difficult to tell what's going on when a pitcher changes speeds or tries to fool a hitter with a slider or cut fastball. WKU head baseball coach Matt Myers says the  art of pitching can be more difficult than some fans might realize. 

Regional
4:14 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

World War Two Era Ship Runs Aground in Kentucky

File photo of an LST-325
USS LST Ship Memorial

The Associated Press reports that a cargo ship which once carried tanks in the D-Day invasion has run aground in a river in western Kentucky. U.S. Coast Guard officials received a report Monday night that the LST-325 became stuck in the Cumberland River as it was headed back to Evansville, Indiana.

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Agriculture
8:41 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Farmers Find Innovative Ways to Market Produce

Peppers
Kentucky Vegetable Growers Association

Many people who raise fruits and vegetables in Kentucky are finding good marketing opportunities for their produce. As consumers look for fresh produce and healthy diets, road side stands and creative approaches are leading to an important source of income for some small farmers, and some who raise more produce than they can sell themselves.  As more Kentucky school systems look for fresh produce for their cafeteria programs, the opportunities are expected to increase.

Health
9:09 am
Sun September 30, 2012

Ft. Campbell to Focus on Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Fort Campbell soldiers

Fort Campbell will host a Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome Symposium on October 2nd.  Organizers of the event say the program will help to address the needs of service members.

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Health
6:07 am
Sat September 29, 2012

Drug Take-Back Programs Active Across Kentucky

Webmd.com

The State of Kentucky is taking part in a national prescription drug take-back program to safely dispose of unused, unneeded or expired medications. The Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is in effect Saturday September 29th from 10am until 2pm.

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Education
4:34 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

College Heights Foundation President to Leave WKU

Alex Downing, the President and Treasurer of the College Heights Foundation at Western Kentucky University, is accepting a new position with Franklin Bank and Trust Company. Mr. Downing will officially leave the University on December 31, 2012.

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