Kevin Willis

News Director

Kevin is the News Director at WKU Public Radio.  He has been with the station since 1999, and was previously the Assistant News Director, and also served as local host of Morning Edition.  He is a broadcast journalism graduate of WKU, and has won numerous awards for his reporting and feature production.  Kevin grew up in Radcliff, Kentucky and currently lives in Glasgow.

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Spring Membership Campaign
6:59 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Dollar-For-Dollar Match in Effect During Thursday's Morning Edition

We're nearing the end of our 2014 spring membership campaign!
Credit Abbey Oldham

If you didn’t take part in yesterday’s dollar-for-dollar match during Morning Edition, you have another chance to make your gift to WKU Public Radio count double!

Listeners who invest the first $1,000 in WKU Public Radio during Morning Edition Thursday will have their gift matched dollar-for-dollar, thanks to a generous offer by Cheryl Kirby-Stokes and Mike Stokes, longtime listeners and supporters of WKU Public Radio.

Cheryl works with the WKU Office of Scholar Development, and Mike is a WKU Biology Professor.

They are offering $1,000 in a dollar-for-dollar match that’s in effect right now during Morning Edition—so if you’ve been meaning to call with your gift but haven’t gotten around to it, don’t put it off any longer! Your call right now ensures that your contribution is doubled thanks to our matching gift from Cheryl Kirby-Stokes and Mike Stokes!

Spring Membership Campaign
4:05 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Dr. Charles and Susan Webb of Bowling Green Offer Dollar-For-Dollar Match Wednesday

Gifts from listeners keep WKU Public Radio on the air!
Credit Abbey Oldham

If you missed out on our dollar-for-dollar match Wednesday morning, you can still pledge your support this afternoon and have your gift doubled!

During Wednesday’s All Things Considered, WKU Public Radio listeners have the chance to take part in a dollar-for-dollar match of up to $1,000—thanks to our longtime friends and supporters Dr. Charles and Susan Webb of Bowling Green.

Dr. Charles and Susan have been generous supporters of WKU Public Radio for years and have offered these special incentive gifts during many of our membership campaigns.

They are willing to match dollar-for-dollar the first $1,000 offered during Wednesday’s All Things Considered. This means you have the chance to double your contribution if you take this opportunity to pledge your membership support to WKU Public Radio.

We don’t want to waste this opportunity to raise an important amount of the funding needed to pay for the great programs that we hear every day on WKU Public Radio.

You can take Dr. Charles and Susan Webb up on their offer and have your investment doubled by calling 1-800-599-WKYU, or by pledging online.

Thanks!

Environment
3:42 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Beshear Awards $100,000 State Grant to Glasgow Project Designed to Convert Methane into Energy

The city of Glasgow has taken another step toward limiting the impact of methane gas released from its landfill.

Governor Steve Beshear was in Barren County Wednesday to present Glasgow city leaders with a $100,000 grant from the state to pursue a landfill gas generation project.

Currently, methane emitted from garbage at local landfills is vented into the atmosphere. Under the new plan, methane would be piped into a generator and converted into electricity.

“This methane gas to electricity process is something we need to do more of in this country," Beshear said. "And to take refuge in a landfill, and take the methane gas off of that and turn it into electricity and put it on the grid so that people can use it--it saves us all money, it saves the environment.”

Glasgow mayor Rhonda Trautman says the city is acting now to avoid problems later.

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Education
11:41 am
Tue March 25, 2014

As Negotiations Enter Crucial Phase, Budget Funding for Higher Ed, University Projects Unclear

The Gatton Academy for Math and Science is housed at WKU.
Credit WKU NPR

The budget passed by the Kentucky Senate this week has mixed news for WKU. Money for a capital project at the school was removed while other WKU-related funds were left intact.

The Senate’s budget deleted funding for most university capital projects, including bonds to fund a renovation of the Thompson Complex Center Wing, home to numerous WKU science classes.

However, the Senate budget does include funding for the Gatton Academy for Math and Science to support 80 additional students beginning in 2015.

The budget passed by the House includes bond funding for the Thompson Complex project and money to expand the Gatton Academy. But it also contains a 2.5 percent cut to higher education funding.

The Senate spending plan restored that higher education funding cut at the expense of most university capital projects.

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Education
9:44 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Remembrance Ceremonies Planned for WKU's Dr. David Coffey

Arrangements have been announced following the death of a longtime WKU agriculture professor.

Dr. David Coffey passed away last Thursday after a brief illness. A remembrance ceremony will be held Sunday, March 30, at 2 p.m. at the WKU Alumni Center, and April 5 at 2 p.m at the Burkesville United Methodist Church.

Dr. Coffey’s cremains will be distributed to the WKU Chapel, the Coffey family farm on the Cumberland River, and Ecuador.

Dr. Coffey led numerous Study Aboard trips to Ecuador, Australia, Argentina, and Costa Rica. He gained a reputation as an outstanding instructor during his three-plus decades at WKU, with his course in rural sociology proving especially popular.

You can find more information on Dr. Coffey's life and remembrance ceremony arrangements here.

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