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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Regional /Area Code
3:08 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Kentucky Public Service Commission Looks at New Area Code Options

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has opened a proceeding that will lead to the creation of a new area code in all or a portion of the area currently served by 270.  The PSC says it was  notified in August by the North American Numbering Plan Administrator that 270 is expected to run out of available numbers by the third quarter of 2014. Now the PSC says that projection has been moved up to the first quarter of 2014.

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Politics
11:31 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Controversy Continues over Political Ad in Kentucky

A lawyer for U.S. Representative Ben Chandler's re-election campaign contends that a coal executive featured in at least three political ads has become a public figure, which negates claims he has been slandered. Louisville attorney John McGarvey responded by letter to a claim that the Chandler campaign had slandered River View Coal Vice President Heath Lovell.  Chandler, a Democrat, is opposed in the Sixth District race by Republican Andy Barr.

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Arts & Culture
4:50 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Gordon Lightfoot to Appear in Bowling Green

Songwriter Gordon Lightfoot

Legendary Canadian songwriter Gordon Lightfoot will perform Friday night at SkyPac in Bowling Green. The man who has written hits such as "If You Could Read My Mind" and "That's What You Get for Lovin' Me" still maintains a busy touring schedule. Dan Modlin has a profile of the songwriter.....

Education /Gatton Academy
6:38 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Celebration for Gatton Academy Recognition Held

Home of the Gatton Academy
WKU Public Radio

The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science was named the Number one high school in the country earlier this year by Newsweek magazine. In recognition of that honor, a celebration took place on the WKU campus. The ceremony gave many of the leaders who helped to make the Academy possible a chance to reflect on what it means to the university, the students, and the region. 

Politics
1:40 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Steps Taken to Get Absentee Ballots to Kentucky Military Voters

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says Kentucky’s county clerks started sending absentee ballots to military and other eligible voters last week. Grimes says the process of sending, filling out and returning an absentee ballot can take several weeks for some active duty military members.

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Education
6:42 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Students Competing for National Scholarships

WKU Scholar Development

The Office of Scholar Development at WKU is helping students compete for some major, national scholarships. Its a highly competitive field, but University officials say WKU students were awarded more than 500 thousand dollars from such scholarships last year.

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Education
6:47 am
Sun September 23, 2012

Celebration Planned for Gatton Academy

Home of the Gatton Academy on the WKU campus
WKU Public Radio

Earlier this year Newsweek magazine named the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky at WKU "America's Number One High School." On Monday, September 24th, a celebration will be held on the WKU campus, with Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear scheduled to speak.

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Education
8:01 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

WKU's Major Giving Effort Breaks the $200 Million Mark

Guthrie Tower at WKU
WKU Public Radio

Declaring it a successful effort, officials at WKU have announced that the "A New Century of Spirit" campaign raised more than $202 million. The announcement came at the President's Circle Gala and Campaign Celebration. Kathryn Costello, WKU Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, says a total of $202,305,534 was raised to support students, faculty, programs, and capital projects.

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Education
7:45 am
Fri September 21, 2012

WKU to Announce Campaign Totals

Kathryn Costello
WKU

Friday night's gala on the WKU campus will include a celebration of the fund-raising campaign known as "A New Century of Spirit." During gala activities, the final figures for the campaign will be announced. University officials have been very pleased with progress on the campaign, particularly in light of unfavorable economic conditions that have been in effect for much of the five year project.

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Economy /Jobless Rate Increases
11:27 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Kentucky's Jobless Rate Increases to 8.5 Percent

Kentucky workers at construction site
WKU Public Radio

The latest figures from the state reveal that Kentucky's seasonally-adjusted preliminary unemployment rate has increased again. Kentucky’s manufacturing sector lost 500 jobs in August, compared to the previous month,and the professional and business services sector lost 600 jobs last month. Employment in the educational and health services sector dropped by 800 jobs in August.

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