Special Programs

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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.

Looking for a special way to honor a loved one, charitable organization, or special cause?

You can become a Day Sponsor on WKU Public Radio, and have a message honoring that individual or group read over the air. A staff member will work with you to craft the language of your message, and it will be aired five times on your special day.

It's a great way to surprise and honor someone on their birthday or anniversary, or pay tribute to a community organization.

If you're interested in learning more about our Day Sponsorship program, contact Brian Becker at (270) 745-4749, or brian.becker@wku.edu.

We hope you'll make WKU Public Radio's lineup of Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year's programs a part of your holiday tradition!

Thursday, Dec. 24

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols (live at 9 am central/10 eastern): Hosted by Michael Barone, this is a live stereo music and spoken-word broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England. The 30-voice King's College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and music.

The Messiah (11 am central/noon eastern): Each year the Cathedral’s annual Messiah performances during the first weekend of December attract an audience of some 6,000 from the greater Washingtonarea. With a team of the finest international soloists, coming from the US and abroad, these performances are perfect for the holiday season.

The Splendid Table's Turkey Confidential 2014 (Thanksgiving Day at 10am C.T./11am E.T.)  Help is on the way for cooks, kitchen helpers and dinner guests on this, the biggest cooking day of the year. Lynne Rossetto Kasper, award-winning host of public radio's national food show The Splendid Table, will be available to answer listener questions throughout the live, two-hour program. More from the show's website.

A Shaker Tradition (Thanksgiving Day at noon C.T./1 p.m. 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.

Anna Webber

WKU Public Radio is welcoming a new jazz program to our Saturday evening lineup!

Jazz Night in America can be heard at 7pm central/ 8 eastern. It takes the place of Jazzset, which is no longer being produced.

Hosted by multiple Grammy Award-winning musician Christian McBride, Jazz Night in America presents content on multiple platforms and from across the nation to share this uniquely American art form and reinvigorate public media jazz programming for audiences today.

The program features storytelling with concert performances, connecting jazz enthusiasts and potential new fans with artists and venues -- and each other -- through weekly, one-hour broadcasts and an array of 26 live signature videocasts and on-demand video of jazz events from today's great artists and venues.

It brings jazz fans together online via chat rooms during concerts and through social media, encouraging a deeper conversation with musicians, representatives of arts organizations and the major institutions of the jazz world, and arts educators in their community.

Joe Corcoran, WKU Public Radio

The attached audio file is WKYU's entry in the Best Spot News category in the 2014 Kentucky AP Broadcasters awards competition.

The Baker Arboretum is one of the showplaces of Bowling Green. It was willed to Western Kentucky University by the late artist Jerry Baker for use as a retreat and conference center, and it housed hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of Mr. Baker’s world-renowned art.

Early on the morning of June 27 it caught fire. As many as four different area fire departments responded to the call. While most of the building and art was saved, tens of thousands of dollars of paintings were lost.

Reporter Joe Corcoran was on the scene that morning talking to the arboretum’s estate manager and Western Kentucky University’s president about the tragedy of losing such irreplaceable artwork.

Thank you for considering this entry for the Best Spot News radio category.

This audio compilation is WKYU's entry in the category of Best Radio Anchor for the 2014 Kentucky AP Broadcasters awards competition.

Our morning anchor Joe Corcoran is submitting audio of a live newscast recorded on Sept. 30, 2013. It's followed by excerpts from two live interviews Joe conducted during the Morning Edition news magazine.

The first excerpt is with Bishop William Medley of the Archdiocese of Owensboro, Ky., that aired on Feb. 11, 2013.  Bishop Medley joined us to give some local reaction to the surprising announcement that Pope Benedict XVI was resigning from the papacy.

The second excerpt is with former NPR anchor and Kentucky native Bob Edwards, who was talking about his new book, A Voice in the Box: My Life in Radio. The interview aired on April 19, 2013.

Thank you for considering this entry in the Best Radio Anchor category.

This audio file contains two newscasts produced and delivered by the staff of WKYU FM. We are submitting this entry for the Best Newscast (10 minutes) radio category.

The first newscast is from the designated news day of Sept. 30, and was aired during the news magazine Morning Edition.

The second newscast aired June 26 during the afternoon news magazine All Things Considered.

Thank you for considering this entry for the Best Newscast radio category!

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.

WKU Public Radio has a wonderful day of special programs set for Thanksgiving Day. Some have become holiday traditions, while others will be heard for the first time.

Here is our complete Thanksgiving Day rundown:

Ties that Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps (Thanksgiving Day at 9 am central, 10 eastern)

Radio producer Dave Isay had an idea that something was missing from the American historical pantheon, and in 2003, he founded StoryCorps to capture the quintessential American voice, telling the invaluable American story. His mission was simple, to give all Americans the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of their lives. Since then, with two airstream trailers traveling across the country, the StoryCorps team has collected over 45,000 stories from 90,000 participants. All are preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

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