The 19th Annual Big Sandy Women’s Business Symposium is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center in Paintsville.

The symposium is presented by Morehead State University’s East Kentucky Small Business Development Center. This year’s theme is “Making Connections”.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. The cost of the event is $30, which includes all workshops, meals and afternoon keynote. All women are invited to attend the symposium.

The morning will start with registration, networking and opening remarks at 10 a.m. by Emcee Trish Adams.

Kentucky Arts Council

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea salutes photographer Mary S. Rezny as the creator of the Kentucky Governor’s Awards in the Arts, given to eleven Kentucky Governor’s Awards recipients at a recent ceremony in Frankfort.

The Governor’s Awards in the Arts are the Commonwealth’s highest honors in the arts, recognizing individuals, organizations and businesses that have made extraordinary and significant contributions to the arts in Kentucky.


The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications until Feb. 15 for the Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant. This $3,000 grant helps master folk artists teach the skills, practices and culture of Kentucky's living traditional arts to less experienced artists who are part of the same community.

Master artists and apprentices must apply together and both be residents of Kentucky. A master artist can practice any traditional art form (music, dance, craft, ceremonial art, storytelling, etc.) learned in his or her community.

Old Radio

  • Bill Stern’s Sports Reel (Babe Ruth)
  • 1940 Kentucky Derby (Gallahadion)
  • Comic Weekly Man   


Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #197 (February 11 at 8:00 p.m.)

Pianist, composer, and bandleader Keith Jarrett is one of the most prolific, innovative, and iconoclastic musicians to emerge from the late 20th century.

As a pianist (though that is by no means the only instrument he plays), he literally changed the conversation in jazz by introducing an entirely new aesthetic regarding solo improvisation in concert. Though capable of playing in a wide variety of styles, Jarrett is deeply grounded in the jazz tradition.


The Price Sisters, graduates of MSU’s Center for Traditional Music, are releasing their first full-length album on Rebel Records. WMKY’s Jacob Lindberg reports…


February 9, 2018 -- Joseph Frank Pesci is an American actor, comedian and singer. Known for portraying tough, volatile characters, in a variety of genres.

Guy Davis

Feb 9, 2018
Guy Davis

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #130 (February 9 at 8:00 p.m. and February 10 at 3:00 p.m.)

Updating the rural blues tradition for the modern era, Guy Davis was among the most prominent ambassadors of African-American art and culture of his generation, additionally winning great acclaim for his work in the theater.

Morehead State University

Retired Morehead State University dean emeritus Dr. Johnson Eugene “Gene” Duncan, age 98, of Morehead, passed away Friday, Feb. 2.

Early Birds of Aviation, Inc.

February 8, 2018 -- Thomas E. Selfridge was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army and was the first person to die in an airplane crash.

Morehead State University

The MSUCorps AmeriCorps Program and its partners are gearing up for their eighth annual Morehead Build-A-Bed Project to provide beds to children who are living in homes with not enough beds or none at all.

The goal is to give beds to children PK-12th grade who are forced to sleep on floors, couches or in beds with multiple other children or family members. This regional Build-A-Bed Project has provided more than 1,000 beds to children in Eastern Kentucky since it began in 2010. This year the committee set a goal to build 250 beds.

The Ledger Independent

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced that highway repair projects in Mason, Lewis and Carter counties have received $360,690 in Rural Secondary Emergency Funds.

In Mason County, $19,500 will be used for flood damage and storm debris removal costs on Germantown Road (KY 3056) along Lawrence Creek. This is a 25 percent match on a federal Natural Resources Conservation Service grant.

In Lewis County, $158,950 will be used for slide repair costs on KY 989 (Salt Lick Road) about 2.5 miles east of the KY 3310 intersection.

The local arts group is hosting a “Restore KY Arts Funding Arts Advocacy Event” at CoffeeTree Books today from 4 to 6 p.m.  WMKY’s Leeann Akers has the story…

Tip: The new American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology blood pressure guidelines emphasize aggressive treatment with hypertension being any blood pressure above 130/80. For those over age 60, the American College of Physicians/American Academy of Family Physicians guidelines begin treatment at 150. It will take time to sort out which guideline prevails.



February 7, 2018 -- Laura Ingalls Wilder was an American writer known for the Little House on the Prairie series of children's books released from 1932 to 1943 which were based on her childhood in a settler and pioneer family.


February 6, 2018 -- Christopher Marlowe was an English playwright, poet and translator of the Elizabethan era. Marlowe was the foremost Elizabethan tragedian of his day.

Morehead State University

Morehead State University’s School of Creative Arts, Kentucky Humanities Council and Kentucky Chautauqua will present Virgil Covington Jr. as “William Wells Brown: How I Got My Name” Thursday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Breckinridge Hall’s Lucille Caudill Little Theatre.

The Black History Month program event honors the life and legacy of the Kentucky native.

Campus Answers

The Council on Postsecondary Education approved campus diversity plans for the public four-year universities and the 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System at its meeting Friday.

The five-year plans aim to boost enrollment, retention and graduation rates of students, particularly underrepresented minorities and low-income students. The plans also promote workforce diversity and inclusive and supportive campus environments.

Everyday Health

The Department for Public Health, within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is reporting 100 flu-related deaths from the flu epidemic in Kentucky.

At least four of those deaths have been pediatric cases. This season’s H3N2 strain of the flu virus can be extremely serious, even deadly, not just for those in higher risk categories but to generally healthy Kentuckians as well.


Kentuckians will have increased opportunities to purchase certain generic drugs, at a lower cost, under an agreement reached by Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office.

Beshear made the announcement, along with 22 other states, who worked together to reach a 20-year agreement designed to hold pharmaceutical companies Teikoku Seiyaku and Teikoku Pharma USA accountable for their anti-competitive tactics.


A beloved baseball coach was inducted into the Rowan County Alumni Hall of fame.  Leeann Akers was there and files this report...


  • Incredible, But True (Human Atmosphere)
  • Babbitt Sisters (Martha Wentworth, Noreen Gammill)
  • The Sealed Book (King of The World)

Sammy Davis Jr.

Feb 2, 2018

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #196 (February 4 at 8:00 p.m.)

Recognized throughout much of his career as "the world's greatest living entertainer," Sammy Davis, Jr. was a remarkably popular and versatile performer equally adept at acting, singing, dancing, and impersonations -- in short, a variety artist in the classic tradition.


Morehead State Public Radio will offer a variety of programming to celebrate Black History Month in February.

Among the specials are:

“Moments of the Movement” will be aired daily. Daily segments of recordings of the personal histories and testimonials of foot soldiers from the Civil Rights Movement. Some of these stories are harrowing, others are uplifting, but they all convey our collective journey as a nation toward new heights of equality.

Smoking Musket

Welcome to this broadcast of the Morehead-Rowan County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, recorded by Morehead State Public Radio on February 1, 2018 at the Morehead Conference Center.

This program features Tony Pence, Dir., Downtown Morehead, Inc. and Aric Andrew, Pres./CEO, Luckett & Farley.

Introduction provided by Jami Hornbuckle, President, Morehead-Rowan County Chamber of Commerce.

Thanks to the Morehead-Rowan County Chamber of Commerce and the Morehead Conference Center.  

Cowboy Junkies

Feb 2, 2018

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #129 (February 2 at 8:00 pm and February 3 at 3:00 pm)

Although it didn't originally have anything to do with their sound, the Cowboy Junkies' name wound-up seeming pretty accurate: their music was grounded in traditional country, blues, and folk, yet drifted along in a sleepy, narcotic haze that clearly bore the stamp of the Velvet Underground.

Morehead State University

The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics at Morehead State University’s Dr. Garrick Ratliff, assistant director for guidance counseling services, has been selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS).

A role model to pupils, Ratlilff was nominated by a student for outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in the profession.


February 1, 2018 -- Dame Muriel Spark was a Scottish novelist, short story writer, poet and essayist. In 2008, The Times named Spark as No. 8 in its list of "the 50 greatest British writers since 1945". 

Terry Prather / Ledger Independent

A local recycling center has received a new machine that could open up more environmental opportunities. WMKY's Chas Jenkins has the story...


January 31, 2018 -- Zane Grey was an American author and dentist best known for his popular adventure novels and stories associated with the Western genre in literature and the arts; he idealized the American frontier.