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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Coach Ken McDonald
3:37 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

WKU Basketball Coach Fired

WKU basketball coach Ken McDonald has been fired. A statement released by the school this morning says assistant coach Ray Harper has been named interim coach.  The Toppers are 5-11 so far this season, and lost at home Thursday night to Louisiana-Lafayette. 

Education
9:46 am
Wed December 7, 2011

WKU President Says Students Can Expect a 5% Tuition Increase, Hopes to Avoid Higher Ed Funding Cuts

Bowling Green, Ky – WKU President Gary Ransdell recently hosted a group of state lawmakers from the Warren County region at his home. In addition to having a nice breakfast, those lawmakers got an earful from the President about the future of higher education funding in Kentucky. President Ransdell says WKU students can expect another 5% tuition increase next fall, and he says Kentucky's university leaders are banding together to present lawmakers with a proposed higher education funding model.

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Education
9:24 am
Mon November 14, 2011

Some WKU Students Choosing to Learn Arabic as a Way of Enhancing Job Prospects

Bowling Green, Ky – For many Kentucky college students, choosing a foreign language class usually involves the usual suspects of Spanish, French, and possibly German. But WKU's Arabic language instructor, Khaldoun Almousily, says learning his native language will greatly enhance a student's job prospects after graduation. We spoke to Khaldoun and two of his students, Louisville junior Alli Wright and Kent Johnson, a junior from Colombia, TN.

Author Interviews
9:51 am
Thu November 10, 2011

Bowling Green Doctor Authors New Book about His Experience as Vietnam Combat Surgeon

Bowling Green, Ky – In 1966, Jerry Martin was a 30 year old family doctor in Bowling Green. By that summer, he had been drafted into the Army has a combat medic. "Soldiers Saving Soldiers" is Dr. Martin's new book about the history and accomplishments of the 18th Surgical Hospital, the unit in which he served. The book contains over 500 photographs Martin took of the Vietnamese people, the countryside, and the US soldiers he operated on. He spoke to Kevin Willis ahead of Veteran's Day.

Bourbon
10:39 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Kentucky Author Says Bourbon Can Help Make a Great Dish, as Well as Drink

Chef, culinary instructor, and author Albert Schmid

Bowling Green, Ky – Everyone knows bourbon is Kentucky's signature spirit. But Albert Schmid says many people don't realize bourbon makes a wonderful cooking ingredient as well. Schmid is a chef and an instructor at Sullivan University's National Center for Hospitality Studies in Louisville. He recently authored "The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook", which contains seasonal recipes for food and drink. He stopped by our studios and spoke to Kevin Willis.

Arts & Culture
9:42 am
Thu September 15, 2011

Kentucky Repertory Theatre World Premiere Explores Issues of Race, Prejudice, Identity

Horse Cave, Ky – Kentucky Repertory Theatre at Horse Cave is giving the world premiere of Where I Come From, a play set in a New York City courtroom that explores issues of race, ethnicity, and prejudice. Playwright Eric Daniels got the inspiration for the play when he served as a juror in a federal civil trial in Manhattan. KRT executive director Christopher Carter Sanderson says the play is valuable because it can provoke conversation about touchy subjects. Kevin Willis has our story.

US Civil War
4:36 pm
Wed September 14, 2011

At WKU, Contributions of Black Civil War Soldiers to be Remembered

Bowling Green, Ky – A Kentucky Civil War historian wants people to know about the contributions made by African-American soldiers. Robert Bell is with the US Colored Troops Living History Association, a group dedicated to the preservation of the history of African-Americans who served during the Civil War. A day of activities will be held Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Kentucky Museum at WKU. Kevin Willis has this story.

Business
10:34 am
Tue September 13, 2011

WKU-Russell Athletic Partnership Provides Company with "Lab", WKU with Latest Uniform Technology

Bowling Green, Ky – When the WKU football team wanted a new series of "old school" looking uniforms, they didn't have to look far for a manufacturer. Russell Athletic is about a 10 minute drive from LT Smith Houchens stadium. The partnership provides Russell with a lab where they can test the latest uniform styles and technology, and it gives WKU the chance to have cutting-edge apparel. Kevin Willis has this story.

Drug Abuse
2:28 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Tennessee Drug Agents Fear Increase in Heroin Abuse

Heroin comes in many forms

Nashville, TN – The Drug Enforcement Agency in Nashville says several factors could lead to an increase in heroin abuse in the region. Agent Mike Stanfill tells WKU Public Radio high school and college aged white men are increasingly smoking and snorting the drug because they think it's safer than injecting it with a needle. Another reason is the increasing cost of prescription pain pills is driving some addicts to cheaper ways to get high. Kevin Willis has more.

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