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. 


1:48 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Dr. Ransdell Emphasizes Student Retention in Convocation Address

Challenging the Spirit at WKU

WKU President Gary Ransdell says student retention will continue to be a top priority at the institution in the upcoming academic year and over the next six years. Speaking at the faculty and staff convocation in Van Meter Hall, the University President said the state and university can no longer afford to have about one thousand freshmen students per year fail to return for their second year of study.

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Economy /Unemployment
1:11 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Jobless Rates Increase in Kentucky in July, But Decline in Many Counties for the Year

Workers on the job in Warren County,Kentucky
WKU Public Radio

The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training says jobless rates across the Bluegrass State  have declined in the past year in 97 counties. However, the jobless rate increased last month to 8.3 percent. The figures are an indication of the uncertain outlook for employment.

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4:31 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

WKU Economist Says It's Difficult to Predict Gasoline Prices

Dr. Brian Goff speaks at Noon Rotary Club in Bowling Green
WKU Public Radio

The cost of gasoline is having an impact on the lives of people across the state and nation, but experts say it can be very hard to determine why prices seem to fluctuate so quickly. Dr. Brian Goff is an economist with WKU's Center for Applied Economics.  He says many consumers are unaware of the influence inventories can have on the price at the pump.

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9:33 am
Wed August 22, 2012

STC to Expand Headquarters in Hardin County

State and local officials are announcing a plan to expand the Elizabethtown, Kentucky  facilities of STC Management Group. STC manages Sun Tan City and Planet Fitness businesses.  Kentucky Governor  Steve Beshear says the company is investing $350,000 in the Elizabethtown area to add fifteen professional jobs. The Group has been headquartered in the Hardin County city since 2004.

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10:03 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Questions Raised about Sale of Coalfields in India

U.S. Energy Information Administration

Last week the state of Kentucky announced that India would purchase large quantities of coal from companies in the Commonwealth in the future. This week, some lawmakers in India are raising questions about the procedure used to sell coal fields in that country. Angry opposition lawmakers have shouted and crowded aisles in India's parliament to demand the prime minister resign.

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4:16 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Van Donated to Kelly Autism Program

New van for Kelly Autism Program

A fifteen passenger van has been donated to the Kelly Autism Program, which is part of the Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex at WKU.  Officals at the University say the vehicle was donated by Chevrolet and the GM Corvette Plant. Director Marty Boman says the vehicle has already been put to use for several special activities and field trips which give participants in the program a chance to experience new activities.

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Economy /"Troubling Signs"
11:30 am
Sun August 19, 2012

WKU Economics Professor says Economy is "Troubling"

Dr. Brian Strow in WKU Public Radio Studios
WKU Public Radio

WKU Economics Professor Brian Strow says the slow growth rate of the U.S. Economy is a troubling sign. The B.B.&T Chair for the Study of Capitalism at Western Kentucky University says the economy should be growing at a significantly higher rate at this point.

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8:04 am
Sat August 18, 2012

International Students Set to Arrive at WKU

WKU Campus

About 140 new international students are expected to arrive at WKU by August 21st. University officials say a number of activities have been planned to help those students undergo an effective orientation plan, to help them adjust to campus life in the U.S.

Health /Salmonella
11:16 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Cantaloupes

North Carolina Cantaloupe Growers

The Department for Public Health says cantaloupes tested in the state public health laboratory  in Kentucky carry the same strain of salmonella associated with a statewide outbreak that health officials say is continuing.  At least fifty people have been sickened by the salmonella, and health officials say it has been associated with two deaths.

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6:40 am
Thu August 16, 2012

License Plate Helps to Support Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation

Fallen Officers Trust License Plate

The Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation maintains the only statewide monument listing the name of every known fallen law enforcement officer in the history of the Bluegrass State. That organization also helps to provide scholarship dollars for law enforcement officers and their families.

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