Station Events

WKU Public Radio Members Circle

Jun 13, 2017

Click here to make an online donation and join the members circle. 

New Saturday Schedule

Mar 31, 2017

Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! has moved to the Saturday morning 9c/10e timeslot right after Weekend Edition SaturdayWait Wait is now followed at 10c/11e by Sound Opinions, a show that mixes music with conversations about music.


Share Your Story With WKU Public Radio

Mar 28, 2017

Share your WKU Public Radio story and we might feature you on the air.

Some ideas for your testimonial...

-Introduce yourself... "This is Joe Public from Glasgow, Kentucky..."
-When did you start listening to public radio?
-What are some of your favorite shows?
-How is public radio part of your life?
-When did you decide to start donating to public radio?
-Why do you think it's important for a community to have a public radio station. 

Photo Gallery: Martha Barnette visits WKU

Mar 13, 2017
Bryan Lemon/WKU

Martha Barnette, co-host of A Way with Words was in Bowling Green March 9th for a presentation on the state of language today. She then answered questions during a Q&A session. 

WKU Public Radio Diversity Statement

Nov 28, 2016

WKU Public Radio seeks to serve our increasingly diverse coverage area with high-quality public radio programming, both on air and online, that reflects and explains issues impacting a wide variety of individuals and communities.

Barbara Deeb
Abbey Oldham

Longtime WKU PBS host Barbara Deeb is returning to her radio roots as she becomes the new local host of All Things Considered on WKU Public Radio.  

Rhonda Miller, who joined the station in 2015, will move into a full-time reporter’s role in the newsroom, covering various issues throughout the WKU Public Radio listening area.

Deeb originally came to Bowling Green as an anchor and reporter for WKYU-FM in 1980. In recent years, her duties have been primarily on WKU PBS as host of MainStreet and Outlook.

“I am delighted at the opportunity to come full circle in the career I love,” said Deeb. “I look forward to my new duties as host of All Things Considered while continuing to make meaningful television programs for our public radio and television audience.”

WKU Public Radio is part of a new regional journalism collaborative known as the Ohio Valley ReSource.  It's made up of public media stations across Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia.  The collaborative will focus on the changing economy in the region and its effect on jobs, healthcare and infrastructure. 

Each station taking part in the Ohio Valley ReSource is hiring a reporter to contribute to the effort.  WKU Public Radio's reporter is Becca Schimmel, who will be based in the Bowling Green newsroom. 

Seven public media stations in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia, led by Louisville Public Media, have been awarded a $445,000 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to establish an Ohio River regional journalism collaboration.

The Ohio River Network will produce hard-hitting, high-quality multimedia journalism that examines the region’s economy, energy, environment, agriculture, infrastructure, and health. The CPB grant will support the hiring of eight journalists at the seven partner media outlets for two years; with station support continuing in outlying years.

“CPB is pleased to support this historic collaboration among public media stations in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia,” said Bruce Theriault, CPB senior vice president, journalism and radio. “By working together, these stations can ensure that important stories from this underreported area are told locally, regionally, and nationally. The sum is indeed greater than the parts.”

Louisville Public Media will lead the news operation and house the project’s managing editor and data journalist. Partner radio and television stations are WEKU in Richmond and Lexington, Ky. (radio), WKU in Bowling Green, Ky. (radio and TV), WMMT/Appalshop in Whitesburg, Ky. (radio and multimedia), WKMS in Murray, Ky. (radio), West Virginia Public Broadcasting (radio and TV), and WOUB in Athens, Ohio (radio and TV). 

“Enhanced coverage of this type is essential for the changing media landscape,” said David Brinkley, director of public broadcasting, WKU.  “This collective effort will lead to content that will enhance the lives of our audiences and strengthen our understanding of how this region contributes to a global economy.”

Our fall fundraising campaign is underway, and we're counting on you to help us reach our goals!

Every program you hear on the station is paid for by the generous financial contributions of listeners like you.

Thank You For Making Our Rally For Radio a Success!

Jun 26, 2015

WKU Public Radio is proud to announce that our recent Rally For Radio was a huge success!

Thanks to the generosity of our listeners, we were able to wrap things up Friday evening with the money needed to reach our fiscal year fundraising goal.

The staff at WKU Public Radio wants to say a sincere “thanks” to every listener who is a member of this station. Your gifts make the programs possible, and ensure that we qualify for important matching grants.

Thank you so much for your support!

WKU Public Radio was awarded three First Place plaques as well as nine other Certificates of Excellence at the 2015 Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters awards Saturday night in Lexington.

The Staff was given top honors for Best Long Newscast, Lisa Autry won first place for Best Short Serious News Feature for her report on a Muhlenberg County town coming together to remember family members killed in a house fire, and Morning Edition host Joe Corcoran won first place for Best Long Light News Feature for his report on Bowling Green's TopCrops program.

Autry was also awarded Certificates of Excellence in the categories of Best Short Serious News Feature, Best Long Serious News Feature, Best Spot News and Best Continuing Coverage. Emil Moffatt won Certificates for Best Long Serious News Feature, Best Radio Reporter, Best Long Sports Feature and Best Long Light News Feature. The staff also won a certificate of recognition in the category of Best Radio Website.

In their comments for Best Long Newscast, the judges wrote "You are 'telling' me the news as opposed to 'announcing' the news at me. Great conversational style. Well organized, good tempo and good use of quality sound bites."

Lisa Autry was commended for her "descriptive story telling of the good, the bad and the ugly that's come of a town's tragedy."

WKU Public Radio is counting on you to help us pay for the wonderful programs that make public radio a valued community asset!

During this week of spring fundraising, we're asking you to take time to reflect on how public radio impacts your life. The NPR news magazines, local newscasts and features, great music shows, and weekend entertainment programs are only possible because of listener contributions.

Without your generous gifts, we can't bring you shows like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Barren River Breakdown, and On Point.

Please renew your membership, or become a brand new member today, by calling 1-800-599-9598. Or you can give online here.

Thank you so much for your support!

Morning Edition listeners have another opportunity to take advantage of a matching gift! An anonymous donor from Owensboro has agreed to match the first $1,000 pledged during Thursday’s Morning Edition.

This generous supporter of WKU Public Radio told us he is making his matching gift in honor of “all public broadcasting services.” Here’s the really amazing thing: normally we solicit these matching gifts from individual supporters ahead of our membership campaigns. In this instance, our Owensboro supporter contacted US with his $1,000 matching gift, without even having to be asked.

As our spring fundraising week comes to a close, we need to finish strong. Let’s take advantage of this $1,000 matching gift from our anonymous Daviess County donor. Have your contribution doubled by calling 1-800-599-WKYU, or by giving online.


Two of WKU Public Radio’s most loyal and generous supporters are offering another dollar-for-dollar match during today’s All Things Considered.

Dr. Chuck and Susan Webb of Bowling Green are willing to match the next $1,000 donated to WKU Public Radio. Your gift right now, over the phone or online, will be doubled thanks to Chuck and Susan.

These matching gifts are made by listeners who are willing to go the extra mile in their support of WKU Public Radio. In addition to making membership gifts, these generous listeners have been willing to contribute extra in order to encourage others to give to this station during our spring fundraising week. Let’s not let their generosity go unrewarded!

So take Chuck and Susan Webb up on their offer, and make your pledge to WKU Public Radio by calling 1-800-599-WKYU, or by giving online.

A loyal group of WKU Public Radio supporters has combined efforts to offer a special matching gift opportunity today during Morning Edition. These supporters are offering to match the first $4,100 of gifts this morning in honor of the memory of Dr. Jim Flynn.

Dr. Flynn received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from WKU and returned to the school as a faculty member in 1972—where he taught and worked for 40 years.

Dr. Flynn served as Head of the English Department and was interim Head of the Art Department twice, and led numerous Study Abroad classes to England, Ireland, and Italy. He was awarded the University Public Service Award in 1984.

Dr. Flynn passed away in December, and a group of his friends who are also WKU Public Radio supporters has chosen to honor his memory with a matching gift during this week of spring fundraising.

Any contribution you make Wednesday during Morning Edition is being matched dollar-for-dollar, thanks to the incredible generosity of this group of anonymous donors.

Please renew your membership gift this morning, or give for the first time, by pledging your support to WKU Public Radio by calling 1-800-599-WKYU, or by giving online.