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Special Programs
4:00 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Join WKU Public Radio for Our 2014 Lineup of Holiday Programs

We hope you'll make WKU Public Radio's lineup of Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year's programs a part of your holiday tradition!

Thursday, Dec. 24

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols (live at 9 am central/10 eastern): Hosted by Michael Barone, this is a live stereo music and spoken-word broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England. The 30-voice King's College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and music.

The Messiah (11 am central/noon eastern): Each year the Cathedral’s annual Messiah performances during the first weekend of December attract an audience of some 6,000 from the greater Washingtonarea. With a team of the finest international soloists, coming from the US and abroad, these performances are perfect for the holiday season.

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Special Programs
3:30 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Celebrate Thanksgiving With Special Holiday Programs on WKU Public Radio

The Splendid Table's Turkey Confidential 2014 (Thanksgiving Day at 10am C.T./11am E.T.)  Help is on the way for cooks, kitchen helpers and dinner guests on this, the biggest cooking day of the year. Lynne Rossetto Kasper, award-winning host of public radio's national food show The Splendid Table, will be available to answer listener questions throughout the live, two-hour program. More from the show's website.

A Shaker Tradition (Thanksgiving Day at noon C.T./1 p.m. E.T.) Kevin Willis hosts this program of instrumental and vocal arrangements of Shaker hymns and dance tunes. Included are vocal performances by the South Union Shaker Quartet, and instrumental arrangements by musicians William Coulter and Barry Phillips. In addition to the music, the program features comments by Tommy Hines, director of the Shaker Museum at South Union, Kentucky, and an interview with musician Barry Philips.

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Sports
9:59 am
Mon November 17, 2014

See Behind-The-Scenes Video of WKU President Jumping Out of Airplane

Before kickoff of the November 15, 2014 matchup between Army and WKU Football, WKU President Gary Ransdell delivered the game ball from 13,500 feet above Houchens-Smith Stadium in a tandem jump with the US Army Golden Knights.

President Ransdell jumped in tandem with SFC Chris Acevedo and SFC Noah Watts provided aerial videography.

Thanks to WKU PBS and the U.S. Army for sharing this behind-the-scenes video with us!

Station Events
7:04 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Thank You For Your Amazing Support During Our Fall Fundraising Campaign

Thank you!

WKU Public Radio's fall fundraising campaign wrapped up Saturday evening with $51,000 in membership support pledged over the phones and online.

We can't thank our supporters enough for their amazing generosity! It was an incredible and humbling week for the entire staff, as we truly saw the impact public radio has on the lives of our listeners.

We realize nobody has to give to public radio. The fact that so many choose to do so says a lot about the connection this station has with its listeners.

We also want to thank the many volunteers who answered phones this week and contributed to the behind-the-scenes efforts.

In the coming days and weeks, enjoy the commercial-free, uninterrupted news, music, and entertainment programs. If you're a member of WKU Public Radio, you made it possible!

Special Programs
8:38 am
Thu October 9, 2014

NPR's Jazz Night In America Now Heard Saturday Evenings on WKU Public Radio

Christian McBride, a Grammy Award winning bassist, is the host of Jazz Night in America.
Credit Anna Webber

WKU Public Radio is welcoming a new jazz program to our Saturday evening lineup!

Jazz Night in America can be heard at 7pm central/ 8 eastern. It takes the place of Jazzset, which is no longer being produced.

Hosted by multiple Grammy Award-winning musician Christian McBride, Jazz Night in America presents content on multiple platforms and from across the nation to share this uniquely American art form and reinvigorate public media jazz programming for audiences today.

The program features storytelling with concert performances, connecting jazz enthusiasts and potential new fans with artists and venues -- and each other -- through weekly, one-hour broadcasts and an array of 26 live signature videocasts and on-demand video of jazz events from today's great artists and venues.

It brings jazz fans together online via chat rooms during concerts and through social media, encouraging a deeper conversation with musicians, representatives of arts organizations and the major institutions of the jazz world, and arts educators in their community.

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Station Events
9:44 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Marketplace Morning Report to Join WKU Public Radio's Morning Edition Lineup Sept. 22

Marketplace Morning Report will be heard during Morning Edition on WKU Public Radio starting Sept. 22.
Credit APM

Starting Monday, September 22, American Public Media's Marketplace Morning Report will be featured daily as part of Morning Edition on WKU Public Radio, broadening the reach of this robust business segment.

A seven-minute business news segment, Marketplace Morning Report is hosted by veteran journalist David Brancaccio. Join us at 6:50 am central/7:50 eastern, and 8:50 am central/ 9:50 eastern each weekday morning on WKU Public Radio to get a jump on global business and economic news and a glance ahead to what's making headlines throughout the day.

For the past 25 years, Marketplace Morning Report's proven passion and expertise for this beat has brought an original voice and comprehensive coverage to business reporting—and it’s a voice you can now hear on WKU Public Radio beginning this Monday!

Station Events
4:08 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

WKU Public Radio Diversity Statement

WKU Public Radio seeks to serve our increasingly diverse coverage area with high-quality public radio programming, both on air and online, that reflects and explains issues impacting a wide variety of individuals and communities.

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Station Events
9:37 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Transmitter Work Requires 89.5 FM in Owensboro Area to Be Off Air Wednesday

For WKU Public Radio listeners who access us through 89.5 FM in the Owensboro/Henderson/Evanville region:

Some tower work is taking place on our Owensboro area transmitter Wednesday morning, and safety regulations require us to power down when there are workers present.

Unfortunately, this means we will be off the air for at least a few hours late this morning and early afternoon.

We apologize for the inconvenience! Remember you can still hear us through our online audio streaming at wkyufm.org, through one of our mobile devices for smart phones, and iTunes Radio.

Station Events
10:01 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Listen to WKU Public Radio on iTunes Radio

WKU Public Radio is now available on iTunes Radio. You can get the local news, great NPR programs, and music you love wherever you are, whenever you'd like.

iTunes Radio is another great way to access WKU Public Radio on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, or Apple TV.

Add "WKU Public Radio" to your iTunes Radio station list today to start hearing your favorite local public radio service.

On iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Open the Music app and select the Radio tab.

On Mac and PC

Open iTunes, go to your music library, and select Radio from the toolbar.

On Apple TV

Select iTunes Radio from the home screen.

To use iTunes Radio, you must have iOS 7 or OS X Lion v10.7 or later, iTunes 11.1, or Apple TV 6.0 or later installed on your device or computer as well as an Apple ID for use in the iTunes Store.

Station Events
10:35 am
Tue July 15, 2014

WKU Public Radio's Signal in Owensboro Region Off Due to Tower Painting

Credit WKU Public Radio

WKU Public Radio's signal in the Owensboro/Henderson/Evansville region will be down Tuesday morning while tower painting takes place.

The tower we use to broadcast on 89.5 FM is owned by KET, and they have contract workers on the tower Tuesday to begin the job.

We expect to be off the air for one to two days. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this will cause our listeners in the region.

You can still hear WKU Public Radio by clicking on the "Listen Live" button at the top of this page, and by downloading one of our apps for mobile devices and smart phones.

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