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
3:01 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

American Lung Association Report Gives Kentucky Low Marks

Kentucky received straight Fs on the 2014 “State of Tobacco Control” report published Wednesday by the American Lung Association.  The study looked at four areas including creating a smoke free environment, cigarette taxes, insurance coverage for cessation programs and tobacco prevention.

Ellen Kershaw with the American Lung Association – Kentucky says tobacco education programs that have had success across the country have been underfunded by state lawmakers in Frankfort.  

“Media campaigns, in-school programs, county health education and outreach. Across the board, there’s so much more that Kentucky can do,” said Kershaw.

The study found that 28 percent of Kentuckians smoke and nearly a quarter of the state’s high school students are tobacco users.  Kershaw says the American Lung Association also supports a higher cigarette tax in Kentucky.

“That’s another effective tool, that unfortunately, hasn’t been implemented yet here in Kentucky,” said Kershaw. “We would definitely advocate for at least a dollar increase in the cigarette tax as a way to encourage kids not to pick up the habit and also for people to quit smoking.”

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Regional
11:20 pm
Sat January 18, 2014

Central City Remembers Phil Everly's Musical Talents, Generosity

Emil Moffatt

For 15 years beginning in 1988, Phil and Don Everly returned to the town of Central City, Ky. to perform an annual benefit “Homecoming” concert which, at its pinnacle, drew a crowd four-times the town’s population.  On Saturday, hundreds of people from that same town turned out to pay tribute to Phil Everly, a day before what would have been his 75th birthday.

The recognizable hits poured from the stage of the Merle Travis Music Center. As one performer put it – being asked to pick out an Everly Brothers song to cover was like being led into Fort Knox and being asked to select a favorite piece of gold to take with you.

He picked "Bye Bye Love" and "Wake Up Little Susie".

Two of the Everly Brothers second cousins, Tim Giageos and David Everly performed four songs including  "All I Have to Do is Dream" and "When Will I Be Loved."

One of the Everly Brother’s first cousins, Diana Sue Taylor described one of the first memories of her famous relatives – when she was eight years old was escorted backstage at the Civic Center in Hammond, Indiana.

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Regional
8:26 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Corvette Museum Working to Extend Footprint in Bowling Green

Mitch Wright describes planning for the Motorsports Park at the Corvette Museum
Emil Moffatt

The last three months have been full of good news for the 2014 Corvette Stingray.  In November it was named Automobile Magazine’s Car of the Year, followed the next month by the same honors from Autoweek.  Monday, it was named the Car of the Year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

It’s a car with a long and storied past – and no place is that more celebrated than at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green. In August, the museum will celebrate its 20th anniversary. As part of the celebration, the Corvette Museum will open a new Motorsports Park featuring a 3.1 mile road course on 184 acres just across the highway from the museum.

Leading the planning for the track is Motorsports Park General Manager Mitch Wright – a former professional race car driver-turn-motorsports park operator, who’s been behind the wheel for most of his life.

“I started quite young – I was 11 years old when I started racing go-carts,” said Wright.  “From as far back as I can remember, I wanted to race…I wanted to race something.”

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Regional
6:05 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Flu Season Peaking in Kentucky; Residents Encouraged To Get Vaccine

The flu season is now considered “widespread” across Kentucky, recently upgraded from “regional”.  While state health officials say they aren’t seeing anything out of the ordinary,  they’re still urging residents to take proper precautions.

Dr. Kraig Humbaugh with the state’s Department for Public Health says it’s normal for flu season to peak after the start of the New Year. He says in some particularly bad years, it peaks again near beginning of spring and can sometimes last until May.  Therefore he says, there’s still plenty of time for a flu shot to be effective

“My advice would be, for folks that haven’t had an opportunity to get it  --  or have been procrastinating --  to get that vaccination as soon as they can so their bodies can develop those antibodies to protect them against the flu,” said Dr. Humbaugh.

Dr. Humbaugh says this year’s vaccine does offer protection against the H1N1 strain. While other states have had it worse, he says thus far, he knows of only one adult death in Kentucky blamed on the flu. 

Regional
4:15 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

State Awards $2 Million For Regional Port Facility in Meade County

A Kentucky community along the Ohio River is receiving $2 million to create a regional port facility.  The state’s Agricultural Development board has awarded the money to the Meade County Riverport Authority. 

Joe Wright, chairman of the authority says the port facility in Brandenburg will give farmers in the area a chance to process, store and load their product onto barges.

“We all know that a large portion of the grain produced in the United States goes overseas," said Wright. "To get overseas, it has to get on the water and the quicker you can get it on the water, the cheaper it is to sell and the better and easier it is to sell overseas."

Wright says the facility will serve seven counties in Kentucky and 2-3 counties across the river in Indiana.  When the port is completed, it’s estimated that 5-6 million bushels of grain will be shipped from the facility. Officials hope to double those numbers in coming years.

Regional
5:44 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Rain, Cooler Temperatures Highlight 2013 Kentucky Weather Review

Downtown Bowling Green

Kentucky has seen a stark contrast in weather patterns over the past two years.  State climatologist Stuart Foster says 2013 will go down as a year with mild temperatures and above-average rainfall.

“Last year, we had a very significant drought particularly in the western part of the state and some very high temperatures,” said Foster.  “But this summer, we never came close to 100 degrees the entire summer and instead of drought, we dealt with an excess of precipitation.”

On average, the state was one degree below normal, temperature-wise for the year, while rainfall totals were seven inches above normal.  Foster says the models don’t show much change in the outlook for 2014. 

“There are really kind of equal chances based on climatology looking ahead as to whether it’s going to be warm or cold, wet or dry. We just don’t have a strong signal right now,” said Foster.

Although March through May is typically regarded as “severe weather season” in Kentucky, the state saw incidents of tornados in both January and November of this year.

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Education
5:14 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Group Stresses Advantages of Advanced Placement Classes For Kentucky High Schoolers

A study finds the number of Kentucky high school students earning college credit through Advanced Placement classes has grown by 100 percent over the last five years. That’s double the national average, according to Joanne Lang with Advance Kentucky, a group that works with schools to encourage students to take advanced placement classes. She says AP classes give students a big head start.

“Just this week we released a study that shows the longitudinal impact – that is – how are kids doing in college,” said Lang. “Does AP participation in high school make a difference in how successful kids are in college? And we find it’s a resounding ‘Yes’.”

Lang says they’ve seen a boost in the number of low-income and minority students earning AP credit.

“It’s student populations that are traditionally underrepresented in advance placement – not only in Kentucky but nationwide,” said Lang. “That’s our target audience. Can we build many more of those students into the population of AP and rigorous success?”

Lang says Advance Kentucky strives to work with 10-20 new schools per year.  For the past five years it’s been funded by the National Math and Science Initiative, the Kentucky Department of Education and several other agencies, both public and private.

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Regional
9:18 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Owensboro Ponders Year-Round Marina at Ohio River

The Ohio River in Owensboro
Credit Emil Moffatt

The city of Owensboro has embraced the Ohio River in recent years, hoping it will lead to a revitalization of the downtown area and now the city is awaiting the results of a study on whether a marina would help attract even more residents and visitors to the river.

“We’ve asked these consultants to come back and tell us about the possibility of building not a seasonal marina, but a year-round marina at English Park," said city manager Bill Parrish.  "It would be just down the road from our downtown redevelopment."

The city recently built a convention center by the Ohio River and two hotels are under construction.

Parrish says that the study is expected to be complete by April 1.  Part of that study involves a public comment session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the police department community room.

“This is a study to see if a marina makes sense and what the cost might be.  We would be absolutely open to it being operated by the city, by a private entity or a public-private partnership of some type,” said Parrish.

Arts & Culture
7:48 am
Sat November 30, 2013

Five-time Grammy Winner Larnelle Harris To Perform in Bowling Green

Larnelle Harris graduated from WKU in 1969
Credit Larnelle Harris

It will be a homecoming of sorts Monday night at SKyPAC in Bowling Green as WKU alumnus Larnelle Harris performs at a Christmas concert with Orchestra Kentucky. 

“It’s going to be fun to get back and do this Christmas concert. It will kind of jump start our Christmas this year so we’re looking forward to it,” said Harris.  “And SKyPAC, this is a new auditorium and I think it’s going to be quite a living room and I think it’s a testament to how Bowling Green keeps moving ahead”

Throughout his four-decade career, Harris has performed at Carnegie Hall, The White House and even the Kremlin after the fall of the Soviet Union.

“All of those places have been great and to do the first concert at the Palace of Congresses at the Kremlin was indeed an exciting thing.  But I’ve gotta tell you, I enjoy being right here in Louisville and having the opportunity to go to my own church and sharing there has been a joy.”

Harris is a member of three Halls of Fame, and has won five Grammy awards.  Tonight’s Christmas concert is the first of two scheduled for Orchestra Kentucky this month. The group will also present A Rockin’ Christmas on December 14.

Regional
8:45 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Kentuckians Share Memories of Kennedy Visit, 1963 Assassination

Gerald Givens displays the two photos he took during John F. Kennedy's 1960 campaign appearance in Bowling Green.
Credit Emil Moffatt

Eighteen-year-old Gerald Givens was a member of the Butler County High School Band in 1960 when then-Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy made a campaign stop in downtown Bowling Green.

“We were in front of his car, so when I got through with the parade I grabbed my camera and ran back up the street so I could get a good picture of him, which I did,” said Givens.  “After that, we just disbanded, got on the buses and went back to Morgantown at that time.”

Givens captured a picture of the future president, riding in a red car with a Kennedy/Johnson sign strapped to the side.

“I was 18 years old and politics and all that didn’t register a whole lot.  But I knew it was a big event because the streets were packed up one side and down the other,” said Givens.

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