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. 


7:45 am
Wed February 1, 2012

First Statewide Prescription Drug Abuse Summit to be Held Today

Leaders from the fields of law enforcement, education, and medicine will meet today in Lexington, for the first Statewide Prescription Drug Abuse Summit in Kentucky. The issue has become a very serious concern across the state, as the number of people dying from prescription overdoses has increased. In fact, more people now die in Kentucky from prescription overdoses than are killed on the state's highways each year.

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Gasoline prices
12:20 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Petroleum Industry Analyst Says 2012 Could be a Costly Year at the Gas Pump

Industry Analyst Gregg Laskoski of GasBuddy.com says there are many uncertainties in the market place this year, but he believes median gasoline prices could reach or exceed four dollars per gallon by Memorial Day in many parts of the country. A new report released by GasBuddy.com warns that the retail price of gasoline at the start of 2012 was  signicantly higher than just two years ago. Laskoski calls that an "ominous sign" for the rest of 2012.  He spoke with Dan Modlin...........

Electric Car Battery Company Files Bankruptcy
4:28 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Indiana-Based Electric Car Battery Manufacturer Files for Bankruptcy

Ener1, an Indianapolis-based company that received millions of dollars in federal stimulus funding, wants a Federal Bankruptcy Court in New York to approve a debt-restructuring plan. The company develops batteries for use in electric vehicles, but has reportedly faced major financial problems in recent months.

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Pork Exports
10:43 am
Wed January 25, 2012

US Pork Exports to Japan at Record Levels

The US Meat Export Federation says US pork exports to Japan could top the two billion dollar mark for 2011. The Executive Director of the Kentucky Pork Producers Association says that's good news for some farmers in the Bluegrass State. Bonnie Jolly of Elizabethtown says the export market is boosting the prices farmers receive for their hogs. 

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2:25 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Work on Ohio River Bridge is "On Schedule"

Repairs on a closed Ohio River bridge that runs between Louisville and Southern Indiana are about half way done. The Prime contractor handling the repair project says the work will be finished by the start of March.

Workers have been on the job seven days a week, twelve hours per day, to try to complete work on the Sherman Minton Bridge.  The Interstate 64 span was closed in September after a crack was found on a steel support beam.

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WKU Budget Cuts
10:20 am
Mon January 23, 2012

WKU Officials: No Hiring Freeze

WKU President Gary Ransdell

Officials at Western Kentucky University are facing a budget cut of about five million dollars in Governor Beshear's new budget. However, WKU President Gary Ransdell says a hiring freeze won't be used to help meet the cost reduction.  

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Public Achievement at WKU
8:52 am
Thu January 19, 2012

WKU Program Earns White House Recogntion

Paul Markham of the WKU Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility and WKU Senior Bianca Brown were honored at the White House last week. Their leadership is in the "Public Achievement" program which seeks to increase civic engagement among students in grades K thru 16. Dr. Markham says it's extremely important to reach students at an early age about the issue.

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9:44 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Specialists Encourage New Approaches for Dealing with Dementia

EDCON training materials on display at recent seminar in Kentucky

Bowling Green,KY – As the number of patients diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia increases, some experts in the field are offering advice for caregivers. They say trying to maintain a sense of humor and knowing when to ask for help are keys.Dan Modlin has this report, titled "Dealing with Dementia."

10:52 am
Mon December 5, 2011

165 Thousand People Injured Each Year by Red Light Runners

Two unidentified Bowling Green drivers run a red light at the same time.

Many people who run through traffic lights think it's a harmless offense,  but safety experts disagree. You or a member of your family are more likely to be injured in an accident involving a "red light runner" than in any other type of traffic crash. Dan Modlin reports on Running the Red.

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11:59 am
Tue September 27, 2011

WKU Experts Reflect on the History of Organized Labor

Questions about the role of public employee unions have prompted controversy in several states this year. State lawmakers in Indiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin have been involved in heated debates over a number of issues relating to union membership and the future of public employee unions.

Dan Modlin produced this special report on the history of organized labor in the U.S.

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