A required inspection of the WDCL-FM transmitter tower in Somerset will result in a signal outage Wednesday. We anticipate the outage will begin late Wednesday morning. Crews will work to keep the interruption as brief as possible.
This does not affect our live webstream. Thanks for your patience while this work is completed.
WKU Public Radio took home four First Place awards at the 2013 Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters Awards ceremony in Louisville, including a win in the category of Best Newscast. The win represents the combined on-air work of Dan Modlin, Kevin Willis, Lisa Autry and Joe Corcoran for 2012 in the non-commercial radio category.
Retired news director Dan Modlin also won first place for Best Enterprise/Investigative Reporting for his report on how some Kentucky senior citizens are losing their prescriptions to theft. Modlin also received an Honorable Mention for Best Public Affairs reporting for a report on the impact of ovarian cancer on Kentucky families.
Lisa Autry won first place in the Public Affairs category for her report on older kids in foster care needing homes. Autry also won a Second Place award for Best Hard News Feature for her story on the recovery of a Tennessee newborn following a heart transplant, Second Place for Best Political Coverage throughout the year and an Honorable Mention award for Best Radio Reporter.
Joe Corcoran received the first place award for Best Sports Reporting for his series of reports following WKU swimmer Claire Donahue on her way to the Olympic gold medal. News Director Kevin Willis received an Honorable Mention in that category for his report on WKU's new head football coach Bobby Petrino and an Honorable Mention in the Best Special Series/Documentary category for his reports on the impact of meth in our area.
The news staff also received a Second Place award for Best Website.
All of the award-winning entries can be found on-line by clicking on the reporter's photo or name on our home page.
Dan Modlin, recently-retired News Director at WKU Public Radio, will be inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. He is one of five new members who will be honored at a ceremony in Lexington on April 23rd.
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. He served as News Director for 23 years.
Our Spring membership drive is just around the corner, and you're invited to join us at our studios on the WKU campus to help answer phones and take pledges. The on-air drive begins Sunday, April 21st.
Volunteers play a big part in the success of membership drives, and of so much more throughout the year.
And there's free coffee!
You can learn more about volunteering by calling us at 800-599-9598, or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!