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Station Events
3:00 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Final Phase of WDCL-FM Transmitter Replacement Now Complete

The new WDCL transmitter arrived a couple of weeks ago...
Credit WKU Public Radio

Update Wednesday, 2:30pm C.T.: The power is back on and the transmitter replacement project is now complete!

Original Post: Beginning Tuesday, February 19th, the power supply to the WDCL, 89.7FM transmitter site will be replaced. This will conclude the transmitter replacement project aimed at improving our service to listeners in the region.

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Station Events
11:37 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Kevin Willis Named News Director At WKU Public Radio

News Director Kevin Willis
Credit WKU Public Radio

Kevin Willis has been named News Director at WKU Public Radio following the recent retirement of Dan Modlin. He previously served as Assistant News Director.

Kevin has worked at WKU Public Radio since 1999, when he graduated from WKU with a degree in broadcast journalism.  Prior to his time as assistant news director, Kevin was the station's local Morning Edition host.

"It is truly an honor to be a part of this news operation, and there is no other job in the world I would rather have," said Willis.

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Station Events
3:30 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

WDCL-FM In Somerset Is Back On The Air With A New Transmitter

The old WDCL transmitter
WKU Public Radio

As of mid-afternoon Thursday, WDCL-FM, 89.7 in Somerset is back on the air following installation of a new transmitter. Thanks for your patience while this work was completed. And thanks to Chief Engineer Don Eastman, plus Erik Costa, John Coe, Roger Hall and Mike Graham for their hard work getting this major project completed ahead of schedule!

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Arts & Culture
4:55 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

At Home With Downton Abbey's Composer John Lunn

The Downton Abbey cast loves NPR!
Credit National Public Radio

Join us Tuesday, January 29th at 8pm C.T. for this two-hour special.  John Lunn, the creator of the music for the popular Downton Abbey television series, talks about his life and work, composing for the show, and introduces some of his favorite music from the period. 

Downton Abbey is currently airing on PBS. Our sister-station, WKYU-PBS, will begin Season Three this Friday at 8pm C.T., (with repeats on Saturday at 10pm. and Sunday at 4pm.).

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12:16 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Update: Weather Closing Some Kentucky Schools Early Tuesday

The approaching weather that includes a mixture of rain, sleet, and freezing rain is closing some schools in south central Kentucky early. 

Bowling Green Technical College: all campuses closing at 2:00pm

Warren County:  dismissing classes one hour early

Simpson County:  dismissing at 1:30pm

Allen County:  dismissing one hour early

Logan County:  dismissing at 1:30pm

Todd County: dismissing 2 hours early

Edmonson County: closing at 1:30pm

Russelville City schools: closing at 1:00pm

Hart County schools: closing at 2:00pm

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Station Events
4:35 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

WKU Public Radio News Director Dan Modlin Retiring

Dan Modlin

After many years of distinguished service to WKU Public Radio, News Director Dan Modlin is retiring--his last day with us is Friday, January 4th (well, sort of...see below)

Dan is a native of Indiana who grew up in a broadcasting family.  A graduate of Ball State University, he worked for several years in the news network business in the Midwest, specializing in agricultural and political coverage, before coming to WKU Public Radio.

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Station Events
12:45 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Support WKU Public Radio By December 31st and Enter to Win

Kindle Fire HD

WKU Public Radio is here thanks to listeners who become members.

There's still time to support WKU Public Radio and be entered into a drawing for a Kindle Fire HD (see contest rules and details here). The deadline is December 31st.

This is a great time of year to make a tax-deductible year-end gift to support the programs you enjoy on WKU Public Radio.  You don't have to pledge to enter the drawings, but of course we hope you'll use this opportunity to become a new member, renew your membership, or make a bonus gift.

Consider becoming a sustaining member and be automatically entered for all future contest drawings. Your ongoing monthly gift (at whatever amount you choose) goes a long way to keeping the programming strong at WKU Public Radio. 

Join online anytime by clicking the Donate Now button at the top of the page.  To enter without supporting the station, send an email with your name, address, and email to wkyufm@wku.edu.

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Special Programs
10:35 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Celebrate Thanksgiving With These Special Holiday Programs

A Shaker Tradition (Thanksgiving Day at 9am C.T./10am 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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Station Events
12:05 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

WKYU-FM Signal Back At Full Power

Update at 12:25pm C.T.:  The transmitter is back at full power now.  Thanks to Chief Engineer Don Eastman for getting things sorted out so quickly!

A tree-trimming crew accidentally damaged the power line to WKYU-FM Wednesday morning. As a result, we are broadcasting via an auxillary transmitter while damage is assessed and repaired. This reduces the coverage area for 88.9FM, and may therefore affect your reception. This does not affect our webstream.

Thanks for your patience while our engineers work on this!

10:20 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Train Derails Near Hardin County, HazMat Unit Called In

Update at 4:00pm:

Officials tell the Courier-Journal that evacuees could return home tonight under a 'best-case scenario.'  Meanwhile, with Dixie Highway near Katherine Station Road expected to remain closed until Tuesday, motorists who normally travel south on Dixie Highway (US 31W) to Hardin County should detour via I-265 east to I-65 south.  Motorists who travel north on Dixie Highway should detour via KY 313 (Joe Prather Highway) in Hardin County to I-65 north.

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