Joe Corcoran

Morning Edition host; Reporter/Producer

Joe Corcoran has been WKU Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” host and news anchor since 2003. Joe’s received numerous awards for his on-air work including the Associated Press’s “Best Radio News Anchor in Kentucky” twice. Several of his stories have aired on NPR’s “All Things Considered”.

A graduate of Syracuse University, Joe spent most of his career in television journalism both on-air and in management at stations in North Carolina, Iowa and Illinois.

In Bowling Green, Joe is active in his church as well as with the Bowling Green Area of Commerce. He is on the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Associated Press.

He and his wife Patricia are the proud parents of three children and the “extremely” proud grandparents of two granddaughters, Claire and Vivian.

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Business
5:36 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Kentucky Leads Nation in New Business Creation

A report from the federal government shows some good news for Kentucky enterprise. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the state led the country in new businesses created during the second quarter of of 2013, the most recent data available.

Governor Steve Beshear's office says almost 6,700 new businesses opened in Kentucky during that quarter, many of them so-called "micro-enterprises", or businesses with five or fewer employees. The number represents an increase of more than 6% from the same period a year earlier.

Kentucky ranked second nationally by percentage in new businesses opened during the first quarter of 2013, third during the last quarter of 2012 and fourth during the third quarter of 2012.

Special Programs
1:27 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

WKYU Entry in Best Spot News Radio Category, 2014 KAPB Awards

Estate workers rescued pieces of art the morning the Baker Arboretum caught on fire.
Credit Joe Corcoran, WKU Public Radio

Joe Corcoran's audio compilation for Best Spot News category

The attached audio file is WKYU's entry in the Best Spot News category in the 2014 Kentucky AP Broadcasters awards competition.

The Baker Arboretum is one of the showplaces of Bowling Green. It was willed to Western Kentucky University by the late artist Jerry Baker for use as a retreat and conference center, and it housed hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of Mr. Baker’s world-renowned art.

Early on the morning of June 27 it caught fire. As many as four different area fire departments responded to the call. While most of the building and art was saved, tens of thousands of dollars of paintings were lost.

Reporter Joe Corcoran was on the scene that morning talking to the arboretum’s estate manager and Western Kentucky University’s president about the tragedy of losing such irreplaceable artwork.

Thank you for considering this entry for the Best Spot News radio category.

Special Programs
10:07 am
Wed January 15, 2014

WKYU Entry for Best Radio Anchor, 2014 KAPB Awards

WKYU's entry in Best Radio Anchor category for the 2014 KAPB awards

This audio compilation is WKYU's entry in the category of Best Radio Anchor for the 2014 Kentucky AP Broadcasters awards competition.

Our morning anchor Joe Corcoran is submitting audio of a live newscast recorded on Sept. 30, 2013. It's followed by excerpts from two live interviews Joe conducted during the Morning Edition news magazine.

The first excerpt is with Bishop William Medley of the Archdiocese of Owensboro, Ky., that aired on Feb. 11, 2013.  Bishop Medley joined us to give some local reaction to the surprising announcement that Pope Benedict XVI was resigning from the papacy.

The second excerpt is with former NPR anchor and Kentucky native Bob Edwards, who was talking about his new book, A Voice in the Box: My Life in Radio. The interview aired on April 19, 2013.

Thank you for considering this entry in the Best Radio Anchor category.

Regional
6:56 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Hodgenville Officials Indicted on Charges of Misuing Public Funds, Fuel Card

Two Hodgenville city officials have pleaded not guilty to charges of theft and abusing public trust. The News-Enterprise reports Hodenville mayor Terry L. Cruse and city clerk Madonna Hornback entered the pleas Tuesday in Larue District Court.

An indictment issued last month by a grand jury accuses both of using a city-issued fuel credit card to make personal purchases and taking money from the city.

Cruse and Hornback have denied the charges.

Larue County prosecutor Terry Geoghegan said the indictment stems from a lengthy investigation spurred by "citizen complaints." Judge Charles Simms III set a trial date for June 9.

Sports
5:45 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Report: Brohm Set to be WKU's New Coach

Jeff Brohm

Multiple media outlets are reporting that WKU offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm has been chosen to lead the Hilltopper's football team following the departure this week of coach Bobby Petrino for Louisville.

Brohm's promotion is expected to be made public as early as Friday morning.

The 42-year-old Brohm will become head coach for the first time in his football career. Last season, as an assistant under Petrino, WKU set a school record with eight wins in a Football Bowl Subdivision season and offensive yards with 5,502.

Petrino said Thursday that he believes Brohm is ready to become a head coach. He added that grooming Brohm for the higher position was one of the main recruiting points used to get Brohm to come to WKU in the first place.

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Regional
11:00 am
Fri December 13, 2013

"Kentucky Anonymous" Is Anonymous No More

Last month's indictments of four adults within the Steubenville, Ohio school system are the latest turn in the high profile 2012 rape case of a 16 year old girl by two high school football players. It was alleged that adults within the school system and the town acted to cover up the incident.

The girl and her family may never have found justice if it wasn't for the national attention the case received; on-line attention brought by a man known then only as "Kentucky Anonymous". Deric Lostutter has since revealed his identity as he fights the legal system for his own freedom.

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Sports
6:18 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Bowling Green High Does It Again

Blake Pillow rushed for 150 yards and Blue Tisdale put up three touchdowns as Bowling Green High School scored 49 unanswered points to roll past Pulaski County High 49-14 in the KHSAA Class 5A championship game at Houchens Industries/L.T. Smith Stadium at WKU Sunday afternoon.

The win marks the Purples third consecutive state championship and their third straight undefeated season.

Pulaski County jumped out to a 14-0 lead behind a 25 yard score from quarterback Riley Hall, who finished the game with 41 yards on the ground while completing 19 of 31 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown.

Pulaski County finishes their season at 14-1.

Agriculture
9:14 am
Mon November 25, 2013

WKU Author's New Book Finds Kentucky's Tobacco Industry Changing in Major Ways

Kentucky's tobacco industry has undergone major changes in the past few decades from the way it's grown and harvested, to the way it's sold and marketed. WKU folklore professor Dr. Ann Ferrell spent the past eight years researching what the changes have meant to tobacco families and what the future holds in her new book "Burley: Kentucky Tobacco in a New Century".

Regional
4:32 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Gaines New President of KACo Board

Warren County sheriff Jerry "Peanuts" Gaines has been sworn in as the newest president of the Kentucky Association of Counties Executive Board. Gaines is the first sheriff to ever serve in the one-year position.

Gaines said he wants to bring more conferences and meetings of the group to the Warren County area and work with local officials such as Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton to develop a better way for sheriff's offices serving papers.

But overall, Gaines says KACo runs well and he just wants to continue the success it's had so far.

Economy
11:17 am
Thu November 14, 2013

WKU Professor Says More Immigration Would Benefit Region

Since the beginning of the 1990's, the percentage of Kentucky's population comprised of immigrants has soared by more than 300%. While their overall number is still small, WKU economics professor Dr. Brian Strow says their effect is being felt and it's a net plus.

Strow's study shows immigrants locally have a higher employment percentage than native born people and a higher mean income. There's also a higher number who are self-employed.

Joe Corcoran spoke with Dr. Strow about the benefits of immigrant entrepreneurs.

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