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We remain off the air at 89.5 FM in the Owensboro region Wednesday due to the amount of ice on our transmitter. Our site engineer is working to get the signal back on as soon as possible.

We apologize for the loss of service and appreciate the patience of our listeners.

Our online audio streaming is not impacted by the weather and can be accessed by clicking on the Listen Live button on our home page.

The weather also knocked us off the air earlier Wednesday morning on both 90.9 FM in Elizabethtown and 89.7 FM in Somerset, but we're back up in both those locations.

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Update: 10:10 a.m., Jan. 9

Bobby Petrino has been introduced as the head coach of the Louisville Cardinals at a press conference Thursday morning. Moments before, WKU Athletic Director Todd Stewart released this statement:

“President Ramsey, Tom Jurich and the University of Louisville have made a tremendous hire, and I wish Bobby, Becky and the Petrino family much success and happiness in Louisville," said Stewart. 

"Coach Petrino displayed a tireless work ethic throughout his 13 months as our head coach and was completely devoted to WKU football from the day he was hired. Our program benefited greatly from his presence, knowledge and leadership. He will do a terrific job leading the Louisville football program as they move into the Atlantic Coast Conference, and I am also confident he will take an already outstanding program to even loftier heights.”

Celebrate the season with our annual feast of holiday specials! And of course, many of our regular programs will celebrate, too.  

Your membership support helps make our special programs possible. Thanks and have a wonderful holiday season!

Tuesday, December 24th

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols (live broadcast at 9am C.T./10am E.T.):  Each year's broadcast begins with the sound of a single voice breaking the silence within the medieval chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England. Each year, readings are  woven among carols that celebrate the storied English choral tradition. Learn more and download this year's program booklet. (repeated on Christmas Day at 1 pm C.T./2 pm E.T.).

A Journey Through the Nutcraker (11am C.T./Noon E.T.) Host James David Jacobs goes behind the scenes for Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker, uncovering the secrets of Tchaikovsky's masterpiece with conductor Jonathan McPhee, cast members, and the audience at the Boston Opera House. The story – and the music – unfolds as never before in this gripping narrative.

Kentucky Governor's Office

Kentucky will mark next month the 100th anniversary of the Kentucky governor’s mansion in Frankfort. Governor Steve Beshear’s office has announced that the state will commemorate the Jan. 20th anniversary with a year-long celebration.

“Jane and I have been fortunate to live at the Mansion and experience firsthand the stunning architecture and impeccable attention to detail that went in to constructing this historic landmark,” said Gov. Beshear.  “But we are just the temporary residents. This magnificent building is truly the people’s house and belongs to every Kentuckian.”

The festivities will include both public and private events, all of which have been paid for with private donations, according to the governor’s office.

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As 2013 comes to a close, WKU Public Radio would like to ask you to consider making an online end-of-year gift.

In this season of giving, you’re no doubt thinking about your family and friends, and all the things you have to be thankful for this year.

That spirit of giving can also extend to organizations that matter to you—the ones that really make a difference in your life. As the year comes to a close and you consider which organizations to support, please consider putting WKU Public Radio on your list.

Your tax-deductible, end-of-year gift will help us bring you the excellent news and information programming, music,  and weekend shows that you rely on hearing whenever you listen to this station.

When you give at certain levels, you can get one of our great thank you gifts, like the WKU Public Radio sweatshirt and baseball hat. Those items would make great holiday gifts for you, or perhaps someone you know who loves WKU Public Radio. You can see all of our gifts here.

The Bowling Green Hot Rods minor league baseball team has a new owner.  The team has been sold to Manhattan Capital Sports Acquisition, a group that also owns the Triple-A team in Reno, Nevada.

Stuart Katzoff leads the new ownership group, which also includes Indiana Pacers Owner Herb Simon and Katzoff’s father.  The Hot Rods will remain in Bowling Green and will still be affiliated with the Tampa Bay Rays.  The team was previously owned by Art Solomon.

“This is an announcement we make with extremely mixed feelings and a heavy heart,” said Solomon.  “The people in this region have been so welcoming to us since we arrived in the fall of 2008, and without them we would not be where we are today.  Stuart Katzoff is an outstanding, successful owner, and I have no doubt that this new era for the Hot Rods will mean great things for downtown Bowling Green and the surrounding region.”

The Class-A Midwest League team began playing at Bowling Green Ballpark in 2009 and has 15 years remaining on its lease with the city. 

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Despite being bowl eligible for a third straight season, the WKU Hilltopper football team was not selected to take part in a bowl this postseason.  WKU finished with an 8-4 record and was considered by bowls in Detroit, Mobile, Ala. and Shreveport, La.  

Athletic Director Todd Stewart says with 79 bowl-eligible teams and 70 spots, someone was going to be left out.

“For me personally, this feels like a loss right now,” said Stewart. “But I think when you have difficulty, I think you need to take a step back and take a look at the big picture. That’s what I’ve tried to do and that’s what I hope our fans do.”

Stewart says he’s especially disappointed for the seniors who have played their final game in a Hilltopper uniform.

Quarterback Brandon Doughty found Willie McNeal in the end zone with 10 seconds remaining in the game lifting WKU to  a 34-31 win over Arkansas State Saturday at L.T. Smith Stadium.  It was the Hilltoppers fourth straight win as they finished the regular season with an 8-4 record and a 4-3 mark in conference play.

Doughty completed 21 of 37 passes for 255 yards in the game and three touchdowns.

"Wow. What a great win for us," said head coach Bobby Petrino. "I’m just really proud of our players. We stuck together and kept competing. We had a number of things that didn’t go our way and certainly could have cashed it in. It just a credit to our seniors"

Western Kentucky is bowl eligible and now awaits word on a possible bowl berth.

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A Saturday afternoon matchup with Arkansas State wraps up Western Kentucky's 2013 regular season. The Hilltoppers have won three straight games heading into Senior Day. Standouts Antonio Andrews and Luis Polanco will be playing their final game at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.

"The first year here we were 2-10 and we gradually progressed as time went on and just really learned how to truly play the game and how to continue to have fun as you're learning it," said Andrews.  "And we really got to know each other along the way."

At 7-4 heading into Saturday's game, WKU is bowl eligible for a third straight year. Saturday's game will be broadcast by ESPN3 and kickoff is set for 3 p.m.

A writer, an engineer and a driver are the 2014 inductees into the National Corvette Museum Hall of Fame in Bowling Green.  The museum announced the inductees this week.  

Jerry Burton has written multiple books including “Zora Arkus Duntov: The Legend Behind Corvette” and “Corvette: America’s Sports Car: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”. He was also the founding editor and editorial director of Corvette Quarterly magazine and motorsports editor for AutoWeek.  He’ll be joined in the Hall of Fame by John Heinricy who was both a driver and a Corvette engineer. He won 11 Sports Car Club of America national championships as a driver and oversaw production of the C4 through 1996. Dave MacDonald was one of the drivers of the 1963 Stingray in the “Biography of a Sports Car” national ad campaign. He won 47 of the 110 races in which he competed, but died at the age of 27 after a violent crash at the 1964 Indianapolis 500. 

A ceremony honoring the three inductees is set for Aug. 28, 2014. The celebration will mark the museum’s 20th anniversary.