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.


5:55 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Former Wayne County Clerk Arrested, Indicted

Forty-year-old Jennifer "Melissa" Turpin of Monticello is lodged in the Pulaski County jail in lieu of $25,000 full cash bond.

A Pulaski County grand jury indicted Turpin on one count of forgery, Second Degree, a Class D felony, and one count of being a persistent felony offender, First Degree, a Class B felony.

The charges against Turpin follow an attorney general's investigation that began last August. Turpin, the office manager and title clerk for Somerset Auto Auction, is accused of forging the signature of Pulaski County Clerk Ralph Troxell on a title for a 2008 Toyota Highlander sold on Craigslist to a Maryland resident.

Turpin is also currently on probation in Franklin Circuit Court for filing false returns and failure to pay tax and in Wayne Circuit Court for abuse of public trust over $10,000.

6:29 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

YouTube Video Leads to Arrest of Warren County Animal Abuser

The Bowling Green Daily News is reporting that a Rockfield man has been charged with second degree cruelty to animals after an online video clip of a man biting the head off a baby bird went viral. The same man previously told Warren County sheriff's deputies that the noise of birds chirping on his porch bothered him.

Bradley Heard was cited on a charge of second degree cruelty to animals after the Warren County Sheriff's Office became aware of the video footage which was posted on YouTube. Heard has pleaded not guilty.

The 45 second clip shows a man outdoors biting the head off a bird then walking towards the camera with the head in his mouth. A man's voice can be heard saying "That's just awful Bradley." The video was posted on YouTube last June.

Sheriff's deputies were able to identify the person biting the bird's head through comments made during the video as well as the poster's information and by obtaining information from the Warren County Humane Society.

10:19 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Another Bank Robbery Hits Bowling Green

The man who robbed a Bowling Green bank Wednesday was captured on security cameras.
Credit Bowling Green Police Department

A lone bank robber held up the PBI Bank on Fairview Avenue just after 8:00 a.m. Wednesday.

Employees say the man entered the bank and passed a note to the teller demanding money. After the teller complied, the man left with an undisclosed amount of money on foot walking north into the neighborhood behind the bank.

He's described as a white male, 5'6" to 5'9", average build, wearing a long black overcoat, a dark colored pullover sweater, a white button-up collared shirt, black gloves and a black knit hats. Witnesses say he appeared unshaven.

One customer was present during the robbery. There were no injuries.

This is the third bank robbery in Bowling Green so far this year.

5:36 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Hepatitis C on the Rise in Northern Kentucky

Statistics show cases of hepatitis C have exploded in northern Kentucky. Due to the increase, the Independent Health Department District is offering free blood testing to anyone concerned about the chronic blood-borne disease that affects the liver. The department is also encouraging people in high-risk groups to get tested.

The area had 23 cases of acute hepatitis C in 2010, 42 in 2011 and 44 in 2012. Officials have said the heroin epidemic in the area is likely a factor in the increase.

Health department spokeswoman Emily Gresham Wherle said anyone who tests positive for the disease will be provided with counseling, education and care options. She says the health department also hopes to get a better understanding of the prevalence of the problem.

4:23 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Bowling Green Automotive Company Continues Growth

Kobe Automotive Products plans to invest more than $66 million in their plant at the South Industrial Park for both a building expansion and new equipment.

In November, the company announced an $11 million investment for an additional 39,000 square feet of space and up to 20 new jobs. That expansion is now complete.

Most of Kobe's new investment, $44.2 million, will go toward purchasing new equipment to expand their product line of forged aluminum suspension products. In addition, $20 million will be spent on a new building project. There was no mention of any new jobs being created by the expansion.

3:48 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

WKU's Claire Donahue Goes for Gold in London

This is an entry by WKYU-FM in the category of Continuing Coverage for the 2013 PRNDI awards.

This entry contains a feature report and two interviews done by WKYU-FM's Joe Corcoran.

In 2012, WKU graduate and former swimmer Claire Donahue had a great chance at qualifying for the U.S. Olympic women's swim team. In the first part of our entry, Joe put together a preview piece on all the work Claire had done to prepare for Olympic qualifying in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The second part is an interview with Claire the day after she qualified for the U.S. team.

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9:28 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Alexander Flexes Fundraising Muscles

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander's reelection campaign announced four upcoming fundraising events that he predicted would add more than $3 million to his $1 million war chest. Politico is reporting observers see the announcement as a way to scare off would-be conservative primary challengers.

Fellow Republican Tennessee Senator Bob Corker will host the first fundraiser at his house in Chattanooga in April. The others will be in Nashville, Knoxville and Memphis. The 72-year-old Alexander, who is seeking his third term, has been seeking out so-called "bundlers". Ten supporters have already agreed to raise $100,000. The campaign is trying to get 25 others to agree to bring in at least $50,000.

Alexander has been aggressive about shoring up support early. In December he named five Republicans in the House delegation, Governor Bill Haslam and Speaker Beth Harwell as co-chairmen.

6:14 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Lawyer Claims Entrapment for Bowling Green Terrorism Suspect

Credit U.S. Marshals Service

Hoping to avoid a life sentence in prison, one of two Bowling Green Iraqi refugees set to be sentenced Tuesday for attempting to send weapons and cash to al-Qaeda in Iraq is alleging he was entrapped in a U.S. government scheme.

The Louisville Courier-Journal is reporting a lawyer for Mohanad Shareef Hammadi cites a study of more than 500 terrorism prosecutions since 9/11 that found an FBI informant led more than one-third of the plots and provided all the necessary weapons, money and transportation.

In a sentencing memorandum, Hammadi's court appointed lawyer James Earhart says his client was unemployed and had no money, weapons of means of transporting them when he was recruited by a confidential government informant.

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12:00 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

WKYU-FM Entry for Best Radio Anchor, 2013 Kentucky AP Awards

This audio is an entry in the category of Best Radio Anchor in the 2013 Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters awards.

This compilation features three live in-studio interviews conducted by WKYU-FM's Joe Corcoran, our local Morning Edition anchor.

The first part of our compilation features an interview with Lauren Moore, a Bowling Green woman who was aboard the cruise ship Costa Concordia when it slammed into the reef off the island of Giglio in January.

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6:17 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Kentucky Among National Leaders in Vehicle Production

The new Corvette Stingray will be produced in Bowling Green

Kentucky's automotive industry had more than a million vehicles roll off their lines in 2012 for the first time since 2007.

Kentucky ranks fourth in the nation for total light vehicle production, third in the production of cars and fourth for light trucks. One out of every ten light vehicles produced in the United States in 2012 was made in Kentucky. Kentucky is home to nearly 450 motor vehicle related facilities employing almost 75,000 people. In the last two years, 135 auto industry location or expansion announcements were made representing 7,200 new jobs and nearly $1.8 billion in new capital investments.

Governor Steve Beshear attended the Detroit Auto Show earlier this month for the unveiling of the 2014 Corvette Stingray which is made in Bowling Green. General Motors is in the process of a $131 million plant transformation to the Bowling Green plant.