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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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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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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.).

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

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.

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.

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!

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.

Thanks to everyone who contributed during our Fall Membership Campaign! 

Your support pays for the programs on WKU Public Radio. The news, music, and entertainment shows you enjoy are on the air thanks to listener support. We couldn't do it without you.

If you're not a member yet, it's always easy to join online. Just click on the Donate Now button at the top of the page.

Membership support makes the programs possible on WKU Public Radio.  The news, interviews, and entertainment shows you enjoy are all here thanks to listeners who become members. 

It's how public radio works, and your membership really matters. As we head into the final days of the drive, we encourage you to join with us to keep WKU Public Radio strong.

Our membership drive is a great time to show your support for everything your public radio station does. You can call us during the pledge drive at 800-599-9598. It's also easy to join online--just click the Donate Now button at the top of the page. 

You can learn more about how membership works, and check out our thank-you gifts here.

Thanks for doing your part!

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