WKU Public Radio

News and Information about the station, programs, and special events.

WKU Public Radio is proud to announce that our recent Rally For Radio was a huge success!

Thanks to the generosity of our listeners, we were able to wrap things up Friday evening with the money needed to reach our fiscal year fundraising goal.

The staff at WKU Public Radio wants to say a sincere “thanks” to every listener who is a member of this station. Your gifts make the programs possible, and ensure that we qualify for important matching grants.

Thank you so much for your support!

Four Roses

A Kentucky bourbon distillery is planning a $55 million expansion at two different locations.

Four Roses plans to invest $34 million to add production capacity at its Lawrenceburg distillery. A separate $21 million investment will add new warehouses at its Bullitt County property.

The projects will receive over $1 million in state tax incentives.

The news comes on the heels of an announcement earlier this springs that Four Roses was expanding its Bullitt County bottling plant that will include a high-speed production line and a separate line producing a single-barrel version of the bourbon.

Bowling Green High School principal Gary Fields has been chosen as the new superintendent of the Bowling Green city school district. The city’s board of education chose Fields last night from among four candidates to replace the retiring Joe Tinius. Fields starts July first.

Fields has been principal at Bowling Green High since 2002. Before that he was the principal of Potter Gray elementary school and a teacher at the high school.

He did his undergraduate work at Centre College, received his Master’s from U-K and his Rank One and Principal Certification from WKU.

The Board hopes to have a new principal at Bowling Green High by June 30th.

WKU Public Radio was awarded three First Place plaques as well as nine other Certificates of Excellence at the 2015 Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters awards Saturday night in Lexington.

The Staff was given top honors for Best Long Newscast, Lisa Autry won first place for Best Short Serious News Feature for her report on a Muhlenberg County town coming together to remember family members killed in a house fire, and Morning Edition host Joe Corcoran won first place for Best Long Light News Feature for his report on Bowling Green's TopCrops program.

Autry was also awarded Certificates of Excellence in the categories of Best Short Serious News Feature, Best Long Serious News Feature, Best Spot News and Best Continuing Coverage. Emil Moffatt won Certificates for Best Long Serious News Feature, Best Radio Reporter, Best Long Sports Feature and Best Long Light News Feature. The staff also won a certificate of recognition in the category of Best Radio Website.

In their comments for Best Long Newscast, the judges wrote "You are 'telling' me the news as opposed to 'announcing' the news at me. Great conversational style. Well organized, good tempo and good use of quality sound bites."

Lisa Autry was commended for her "descriptive story telling of the good, the bad and the ugly that's come of a town's tragedy."

WKU Public Radio is counting on you to help us pay for the wonderful programs that make public radio a valued community asset!

During this week of spring fundraising, we're asking you to take time to reflect on how public radio impacts your life. The NPR news magazines, local newscasts and features, great music shows, and weekend entertainment programs are only possible because of listener contributions.

Without your generous gifts, we can't bring you shows like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Barren River Breakdown, and On Point.

Please renew your membership, or become a brand new member today, by calling 1-800-599-9598. Or you can give online here.

Thank you so much for your support!

Morning Edition listeners have another opportunity to take advantage of a matching gift! An anonymous donor from Owensboro has agreed to match the first $1,000 pledged during Thursday’s Morning Edition.

This generous supporter of WKU Public Radio told us he is making his matching gift in honor of “all public broadcasting services.” Here’s the really amazing thing: normally we solicit these matching gifts from individual supporters ahead of our membership campaigns. In this instance, our Owensboro supporter contacted US with his $1,000 matching gift, without even having to be asked.

As our spring fundraising week comes to a close, we need to finish strong. Let’s take advantage of this $1,000 matching gift from our anonymous Daviess County donor. Have your contribution doubled by calling 1-800-599-WKYU, or by giving online.

Thanks!

Two of WKU Public Radio’s most loyal and generous supporters are offering another dollar-for-dollar match during today’s All Things Considered.

Dr. Chuck and Susan Webb of Bowling Green are willing to match the next $1,000 donated to WKU Public Radio. Your gift right now, over the phone or online, will be doubled thanks to Chuck and Susan.

These matching gifts are made by listeners who are willing to go the extra mile in their support of WKU Public Radio. In addition to making membership gifts, these generous listeners have been willing to contribute extra in order to encourage others to give to this station during our spring fundraising week. Let’s not let their generosity go unrewarded!

So take Chuck and Susan Webb up on their offer, and make your pledge to WKU Public Radio by calling 1-800-599-WKYU, or by giving online.

A loyal group of WKU Public Radio supporters has combined efforts to offer a special matching gift opportunity today during Morning Edition. These supporters are offering to match the first $4,100 of gifts this morning in honor of the memory of Dr. Jim Flynn.

Dr. Flynn received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from WKU and returned to the school as a faculty member in 1972—where he taught and worked for 40 years.

Dr. Flynn served as Head of the English Department and was interim Head of the Art Department twice, and led numerous Study Abroad classes to England, Ireland, and Italy. He was awarded the University Public Service Award in 1984.

Dr. Flynn passed away in December, and a group of his friends who are also WKU Public Radio supporters has chosen to honor his memory with a matching gift during this week of spring fundraising.

Any contribution you make Wednesday during Morning Edition is being matched dollar-for-dollar, thanks to the incredible generosity of this group of anonymous donors.

Please renew your membership gift this morning, or give for the first time, by pledging your support to WKU Public Radio by calling 1-800-599-WKYU, or by giving online.

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WKU Public Radio seeks to keep our audience informed about a wide variety of diverse subjects, through on-air and digital storytelling, and through community engagement.

Updated at 3:38 p.m.:

Brandenburg Bypass is now open in Meade county.  Power lines have been repaired.

Original post:

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet reports power lines are down across Brandenburg Bypass in Meade county due to a vehicle crash.  The road is blocked in both directions at the scene. 

A northbound detour for thru traffic is set up via KY 933, Old  933 and KY 448 back onto the Bypass.  Southbound is detouring using the same routes via KY 448, Old 933, KY 933 back onto the Bypass.  Local access is available along the Bypass between detour points.

Utility crews are on scene.  It's not known how long it will take to clear the scene.

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