Emil Moffatt

ATC Host/Reporter

Emil Moffat joined the WKU Public Radio news team in August, 2013, after working as a news anchor and feature reporter at WBAP radio in Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX.

Emil is our local voice during All Things Considered on WKU Public Radio, anchoring our local newscasts and breaks, and producing feature stories that will air during ATC and Morning Edition. He also contributes to our online and social media efforts.

In addition to his work on the air and online, Emil is the go-to expert for baseball knowledge at WKU Public Radio. Before taking the job at WBAP, Emil was the play-by-play broadcaster for the minor-league Ft. Worth Cats baseball team.

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Regional
3:37 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Both Sides React to Ruling Partially Lifting Kentucky's Gay Marriage Ban

31-year-old Ross Ewing and his partner 46-year-old David Cupps cut the cake during their 2009 commitment ceremony.
Credit Ross Ewing

A Lexington couple is celebrating a federal judge’s final ruling that orders Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. 

Ross Ewing has been with his partner for eight years.  The couple had planned to marry this summer in New York.

“By happy coincidence, we were and still are, planning on being in New York on the first weekend in June which is our anniversary. My partner sings in Lexington Singers and they are performing in Carnegie Hall that weekend. We were just going to get married while we were up there,” explained Ewing.

Now, Ewing says the couple is thinking about waiting a little longer for the opportunity to get married in their home state. With the ruling partially lifting Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage, Ewing believes it’s only a matter of time before Kentucky fully legalizes gay marriage. 

“I just cannot help but see the comparison to inter-racial marriage. That didn’t happen overnight and it didn’t happen in all 50 states simultaneously, but it happened, and I just can’t help but see the parallel.”

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Sports
11:36 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

WKU Basketball To Honor Bowling Green Sharpshooter Carrier

Darel Carrier at his family's basketball court in rural Warren County.
Credit Emil Moffatt

Darel Carrier looks back on his childhood, his pro career and his three remarkable years at WKU

Darel Carrier’s new home just outside of Bowling Green features an expansive workout room in the basement. Upstairs there’s a display of many of the mementos from his distinguished college and pro basketball careers. He enjoys giving visitors a detailed tour of the home, right down to the insulation

The handsome, two-story house is a far cry from his humble beginnings in Warren County.

His family's house growing up lacked electricity or a bathroom until he was a teen, but Carrier found a way to sharpen his basketball skills.

“I saved up enough money to buy my first ball and goal. It was a little lace up ball and a goal for $3.99. I put it on the side of a corn crib and I shot with my little ball through that goal for two or three days,” said Carrier.  “My ball went over the fence and a big ol’ hog took a bite of it. That was the last of my ball.”

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Arts & Culture
10:33 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Pokey LaFarge Brings Diverse Musical Stylings To Bowling Green

Pokey LaFarge appears Thurday evening in concert in Bowling Green.
Credit Pokey LaFarge

Pokey LaFarge on his musical style, influences and life on the road

Among the things that make Pokey LaFarge stand out: his unique moniker, his throwback sound, the formal attire he often sports on stage and one of the songs from his latest album, which celebrates….a time zone.

I don’t mind the West Coast, and I don’t mind the East Coast, Oh, baby, but I ain’t gonna live on no coast. I’m just a plain ol’ Midwestern boy, gettin’ by on central time.

LaFarge says the song, called "Central Time", took him only five minutes to write

“Some songwriters would say that’s proof that it’s a good song,” said LaFarge. “Some of the best songs come out that way If it came out in five minutes, I wasn't even consciously thinking about it. It just came out.”

The 30-year-old St. Louis native along with his five-piece band will keep it within the Central time zone tonight as he performs in Bowling Green. The Pokey LaFarge sound can be described in a variety of different ways. He says it changes every time he’s asked.

“If I had to describe it today, I would say that it’s acoustic-rooted, horn-accentuated, lyric- and melody-driven Midwestern swing. How’s that?”

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Regional
5:53 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Sinkholes at Site of New Corvette Track 'Remediated'

Credit National Corvette Museum

Construction remains on schedule at the new Motorsports Park adjacent to the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green.  Mitch Wright, general manager of the Motorsports Park says any concerns related to the sinkhole that opened up inside the museum last week we’re actually addressed months ago.

“We did have some sinkholes on the property, which we have remediated. We had quite a bit of geotech work done prior to the construction starting,"  said Wright.  “We’re pretty confident we found what we needed to find and we’re going to have a fantastic facility for people to enjoy.”

He says crews are making progress with underground work right now, and pavement will be put down in the spring.  The Motorsports Park is scheduled for completion in August.

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Regional
4:52 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

New WKU 'Diplomat in Residence' Returns to Bowling Green With Wealth of Experience

WKU's Diplomat in Residence, speaks with students at the WKU Study Abroad Fair
Credit Abbey Oldham/WKU Public Radio

An interview with WKU's new Diplomat in Residence, Michael McClellan

Michael McClellan was born just outside of Bowling Green, but his career path has taken him to the far corners of the earth as a senior foreign service officer for the State Department and U.S. Information Agency.

Earlier this month, McClellan retired from the State department after 30 years and is settling into a new position, a little closer to home as the only “Diplomat in Residence” at a public university in Kentucky.

His current job at Western Kentucky University involves explaining foreign cultures to American college students , but for three decades it was just the opposite.

“My job was to communicate American culture, American foreign policy and American policy positions on every possible topic there is and to help people abroad understand why we hold such positions, why we develop those positions, how are system works and what constitutes American culture,” said McClellan when he stopped by the WKU Public Radio studios this week.   “This is particularly challenging in today’s world because America is without a doubt the most diverse country in the world.”

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Regional
3:52 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Lincoln Birthplace National Park To Add Artifact on Former President's 205th Birthday

Credit Lincoln Birthplace

Wednesday marks the 205th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. Several activities are planned at the Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park in Hodgenville.  As a part of the commemoration, Lincoln historian Carl Howell will donate an artifact to the park – the grave marker for Abraham Lincoln’s only brother – Thomas Jr. – who died in infancy.

“I think it needs to be displayed in Larue County at the National Park where people can see it on a daily basis because of its extreme importance and significance to the Lincoln heritage,” said Howell.

Howell, a Hodgenville attorney, says he purchased the limestone grave marker in the 1970s from the owner of the small Redmon family cemetery as he was preparing to sell the property. 

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Regional
12:29 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

State Police Warn Kentuckians Of ‘One-Ring’ Phone Scam

Kentucky State Police say they’re hoping to prevent residents from losing money in a telephone scam that’s shown up in other parts of the country.  Sgt. Michael Webb says criminals overseas are auto-dialing thousands of cell phones inside the U.S. and hanging up after just one-ring.  

He says the majority of those calls are coming from the Dominican Republic (809 area code), Jamaica (876), the British Virgin Islands (284), Grenada (473), Aruba (297) and Antigua (473).  

“We would certainly encourage folks that if they don’t have someone that they know in one of those area code and are not expecting a call from there, to not answer it and to screen phone calls from any unknown area code right now,” said Webb.

Sergeant Webb says if you see a “missed call” from an unknown area code, it’s not a good idea to return that call, or your account could be charged $20 for the call and $9 dollars each minute.  He also encourages people to check their phone bills for any unauthorized charges.

“They need to contact their cellular provider immediately if they find out that there are any unauthorized charges, said Webb. “ Especially for the overseas numbers that would be indicative of this phone scam.”

Regional
2:43 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Ready or Not, 10-Digit Dialing Begins Saturday for 270 Area Code

Seven-digit dialing for local calls will become a thing of the past for those in the 270 area code beginning Saturday

Reaction to the start of mandatory 10-digit dialing

Today marks the end of an era for those with a 270 area code as seven-digit dialing becomes a thing of the past.  Starting Saturday, for local calls, you’ll have to use all 10 digits, including that 270 area code.  So, will this create confusion?  

Some people we talked to in downtown Bowling Green said, it won’t be a problem. Smart phones, for instance, generally ask users to program-in 10 digits for each number. Others said they’ve been dialing all 10 digits for a while.

While others said 10-digit dialing will take some getting used to, especially on land lines.

So why the change?

The Public Service Commission says phone companies can issue 364 area codes to new numbers starting March 3, presenting the need for 10-digit dialing. 

Regional
1:20 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Despite Controversy, 'The Butler' to Be Shown in Elizabethtown This Weekend

The State Theater in downtown Elizabethtown
Credit Emil Moffatt

Five months after Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” made its debut in theaters, residents of Elizabethtown will have the opportunity to see the film on the big screen this weekend. The State Theater in downtown Elizabethtown will show the movie Friday through Sunday. 

In August, Ike Boutwell, the owner of the town’s first-run movie theater and a Vietnam veteran, refused to show the film because it featured Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan.  

Fonda’s actions during the Vietnam War have not been forgotten by many veterans.

But Emily West, the director of the State Theater says Elizabethtown residents deserve a chance to see the movie on the big screen.

“I appreciate his decision and I appreciate what he [Boutwell] did for this country,” said West. “I am in no way a Jane Fonda supporter, I do think what she did was wrong, but it was a very long time ago and this is a wonderful film that was not able to be shown originally and I’m just giving folks the opportunity.”

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Regional
2:19 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Mayor Says New Convention Center Will Transform Owensboro into ‘An Entirely Different City’

Artist rendering of the new Owensboro Convention Center, set to open this week
Credit Owensboro Convention Center

The new Owensboro Convention Center opens for business Wednesday as the Ag Expo begins. The city also has grand opening festivities slated for this weekend. 

Work began on the 170,000 square foot, $40-million dollar facility in March 2012. Owensboro Mayor Ron Payne says the finished product is impressive.

“You go in and the lobby is 60 feet high and you have a lot of lot of unique artwork in there and two huge ballrooms up on the third floor.  Off those ballrooms to the north and you have a balcony overlooking the Ohio River,” said Payne.

Payne says despite the facility’s size, it will be able to play host to events large and small.

“The exhibit hall can actually be separated into three separate exhibit halls if you want to do it," said Payne.  "Or you can take the panels and open up the entire thing. So, lots of versatility which gives you a lot of options.”

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