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. 


Homeless Shelters Need Donations
7:08 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Benefit Gala is Scheduled to Help the Homeless in Owensboro

The Owensboro Museum of Fine Art will be the site of the Benefit Gala.
Owensboro-Daviess County Tourist Commission

James Barnett of the Daniel Pitino Shelter in Owensboro says his agency is seeing more "first-time" homeless than ever. Barnett says the difficult economy has forced people who had never sought assistance in the past to ask for help.

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"Work-Ready" Counties Recognized
5:05 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Three Kentucky Counties Certified as "Work Ready"

Workers at downtown Bowling Green construction project
WKU Public Radio

Daviess, Warren, and Woodford Counties have qualified for "work ready" certification, according to Governor Steve Beshear. The designation means the communities have local workforces that are ready for existing and future jobs.


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Concrete Barriers to be Moved
7:40 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Preparations are Underway for Sherman Minton Bridge Re-opening

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is moving concrete barrier walls and replacing them with orange barrels and signs, as they prepare for the re-opening of the Sherman Minton bridge. The structure was closed in September after a significant crack was discovered in a load-carrying steel beam on the bridge, which carries Interstate 64 traffic between  Louisville and New Albany, Indiana.

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Governor Visits Bridge Site
12:17 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Governor Says Restoring Traffic is Top Priority for Kentucky Lake Area

Delta Mariner
Keith Todd Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear got a firsthand look today at the damaged Eggners Ferry Bridge over Kentucky Lake and said getting traffic restored is among his highest priorities.

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Closed Captioning Case Settled
11:44 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Lawsuit Settled over Closed-Captioning at UK Football Games

University of Kentucky Athletics

A deaf University of Kentucky football season ticket holder and the university have settled a lawsuit over closed-captioning at Wildcat home games. Charles Mitchell of Lancaster filed suit in May, seeking to force the University to put captions for all game announcements on the scoreboard of the stadium, under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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New Speakers Series at WKU
7:35 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Gift Will Establish Speakers Series at Gatton Academy

 A twenty thousand dollar gift from AT&T will help to launch a speakers program at the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at WKU.   Gatton Director Tim Gott says the program will benefit students and members of the general public, because the speeches will be held in locations that will allow members of the public and campus community to attend.

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AT&T Announces Gift for Speaker Program
3:39 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

AT&T Gift to Establish Endowed Speaker Series

Florence Schneider Hall on the WKU Campus,the home of the Gatton Academy

 AT&T is announcing a gift to help launch a speaker series at Western Kentucky University. The series will be an endowed program, created to connect students at the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science with educators, policy makers, industry leaders, and entrepreneurs.  The program will be called the "AT&T Innovation and Leadership Speaker Series."

LRC Goes to Appellate Court
4:24 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Legislative Research Commission Asks Court of Appeals to Reinstate District Lines

The Associated Press reports the Kentucky Court of Appeals has been asked to reinstate recently enacted legislative district lines after a judge found they don't meet Constitutional muster. The Legislative Research Commission today told the Appellate Court that Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd overstepped his authority in throwing out the new lines and ordering lawmakers to run in existing districts.

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Sen. Paul Wants to Delay Confirmation
12:10 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Senator Paul Plans to Block Confirmation for Corps of Engineers Top Post

U-S Senator Rand Paul
WKU Public Radio

U-S Senator Rand Paul wants to delay the Senate Confirmation of Army Lt.General Thomas Bostick to become the Corp's Commanding General. The lawmaker from Bowling Green is unhappy with the Corp's performance in the Bluegrass State. Repairs on the Wolf Creek Dam, which impounds Lake Cumberland, have taken longer and cost more than expected. That project carries a price tag of  more than a half billion dollars.

New Baseball Season about to Start
6:35 am
Mon February 13, 2012

WKU Hilltoppers Look Forward to New Baseball Season

WKU baseball players Tanner Perkins, Casey Dykes,Jared Andreoli, and Head Coach Matt Myers address the media
WKU Public Radio

WKU Baseball Coach Matt Myers says his team is anxious to get started with the new season, which begins Friday in a home game against Toledo.

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