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

Update Tuesday, 3:20pm C.T.: WKPB-FM is now back on the air following the replacement of electronic components that failed on Sunday. There may be some intermittent signal interference for a day or two while everything is fine-tuned. The onset of windy, icy weather is delaying progress this afternoon. 

Thanks for your patience, and thanks to our engineers for staying on top of this!

According to the National Weather Service, accumulating snow is possible Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

A low pressure system is forecast to strengthen as it moves through the Ohio Valley today.  On the back side of this weather system, cold air will rush into the region changing rain over to snow tonight.  Snow is expected to continue during the overnight hours through Wednesday morning.  

Snow accumulations may range from 1 to 4 inches across much of the eastern parts of the WKU Public Radio coverage area. The rest of the region can expect a mix of rain and snow overnight, with little or no snow accumulation.

There have been some equipment problems Sunday at the WKPB 89.5FM transmitter. Our site engineer is at work to sort things out, but you may experience some signal outages while we work to restore full power.

This does not affect our live webstream. Thanks for your patience while this work is underway.

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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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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.

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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.