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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.

Thanks!

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.

Thank you!

WKU Public Radio's fall fundraising campaign wrapped up Saturday evening with $51,000 in membership support pledged over the phones and online.

We can't thank our supporters enough for their amazing generosity! It was an incredible and humbling week for the entire staff, as we truly saw the impact public radio has on the lives of our listeners.

We realize nobody has to give to public radio. The fact that so many choose to do so says a lot about the connection this station has with its listeners.

We also want to thank the many volunteers who answered phones this week and contributed to the behind-the-scenes efforts.

In the coming days and weeks, enjoy the commercial-free, uninterrupted news, music, and entertainment programs. If you're a member of WKU Public Radio, you made it possible!

APM

Starting Monday, September 22, American Public Media's Marketplace Morning Report will be featured daily as part of Morning Edition on WKU Public Radio, broadening the reach of this robust business segment.

A seven-minute business news segment, Marketplace Morning Report is hosted by veteran journalist David Brancaccio. Join us at 6:50 am central/7:50 eastern, and 8:50 am central/ 9:50 eastern each weekday morning on WKU Public Radio to get a jump on global business and economic news and a glance ahead to what's making headlines throughout the day.

For the past 25 years, Marketplace Morning Report's proven passion and expertise for this beat has brought an original voice and comprehensive coverage to business reporting—and it’s a voice you can now hear on WKU Public Radio beginning this Monday!

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.

For WKU Public Radio listeners who access us through 89.5 FM in the Owensboro/Henderson/Evanville region:

Some tower work is taking place on our Owensboro area transmitter Wednesday morning, and safety regulations require us to power down when there are workers present.

Unfortunately, this means we will be off the air for at least a few hours late this morning and early afternoon.

We apologize for the inconvenience! Remember you can still hear us through our online audio streaming at wkyufm.org, through one of our mobile devices for smart phones, and iTunes Radio.

President Obama is addressing the nation Wednesday evening about his administration's strategy in confronting the extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State.

WKU Public Radio is airing NPR's live coverage of the address beginning at 8:00 p.m. central/9 eastern.

Our coverage will also feature analysis of the speech from NPR reporters.

From NPR:

Taking over the TV networks during the crucial 9:00 p.m. ET programming slot is not something any White House does lightly.

This time, it's for Obama to spell out his plan to combat militants from the Islamic State, and spokesman Josh Earnest calls the timing a signal of the high national security priority at stake.

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