Bob Mintzer Big Band

Mar 18, 2018

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #202

Diversification has always been a driving force behind Bob Mintzer and his music.

Aside from being a tenor and soprano saxophonist, Mintzer also plays flute, clarinet, EWI, and is world renowned as a composer, arranger and educator. He has been active in the jazz, pop, orchestra, Latin, and world music genres.

Morehead State University will observe “Spring Break" March 19-23 for students; however, MSU offices will remain open.

The Office of Enrollment Services will be open Monday-Friday, and may be reached at 606-783-2000 for additional information.

Camden-Carroll Library will be closed March 17, 18 and 24. The library will be open from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., March 19-23.

The Wellness Center will be open from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 17 and 24; 4-7 p.m. Sunday March 18; Monday, March 19, through Friday, March 23, open from 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.; 2-10 p.m., Sunday, March 25.

Wood Brothers

Mar 16, 2018

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #134 (March 16 at 8:00 p.m. and March 17 at 3:00 p.m.)

A roots music trio featuring brothers Chris (upright bass, vocals) and Oliver Wood (guitars, vocals) along with multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix, the Wood Brothers bring a distinctive flair to their union of folk, blues, gospel, and jazz.


March 15, 2018 -- St. Nicholas was a Christian bishop who provided for the poor and sick, and is the basis for the popular character of Santa Claus.


The owner of an Elliott County animal shelter says allegations of animal abuse are unfounded, while a local dog rescuer says the charges he faces aren't enough. WMKY's Jacob Lindberg has the story....

Joe Polchinski show

Mar 14, 2018

Joe Polchinski was an early pioneer of string theory, describing tiny particles of matter as vibrating strings of energy and the possibility of multiple universes. The show conveys our admiration and respect for his work. Since we don’t understand it, and can’t explain it, we discuss sugar sweetened beverages, dietary recommendations, and the death rates on Grey’s Anatomy.

Tip: Adding a tax on sugar sweetened beverages is one tool to end our misguided reliance on getting energy from carbohydrates. The other tool is cheese.

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March 14, 2018 -- Hank Ketcham was an American cartoonist who created the Dennis the Menace comic strip.

Nursing student advocates for medical marijuana

Mar 14, 2018
Nacogdoches Miller, The Trail Blazer

Courtney Jackson, an advocate for the legalization of medical marijuana, is driven by her fear of never being able to live a normal life.

At age five, Jackson was diagnosed with epilepsy. Her various types of seizures, combined with the side effects of her medications, has prompted her to support the medical use of marijuana.

“I think that’s the worst thing for people like me-that we can’t live normal lives,” said Jackson.


U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement regarding Secretary of State Rex Tillerson:

Morehead State University

Morehead State Public Radio has finalists in multiple categories in preliminary results from the Kentucky Associated Press Broadcast (KAPB) Contest.

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Rowan County has been honored by the Kentucky Travel Industry with the Economic Engine Award.

Officials were on hand Friday to present the award, which is given to counties that have had a significant economic impact on the local economy from tourism. Rowan County was recognized as one of the highest tourism revenue generating and tourism job creating counties in the state.     

Feature: Phi Mu Alpha Spring Sing Showcase

Mar 13, 2018

The 2018 Spring Sing Showcase is returning to Morehead State University this April, hosted by the Phi Mu Alpha fraternity. WMKY’s Cody Robinson has the story…


March 13, 2018 -- John Harvard was a New England colonist whose bequest permitted the firm establishment of Harvard College.  

A fall from Lockegee Rock isn't forgotten

Mar 12, 2018
Josh Bryant, The Trail Blazer

Morehead State student Trevor Potter still feels the impact of falling from Lockegee Rock three years ago.

Potter fell the 40 feet in September 2016, from where most people climb and stand to view the landscape. He impacted near a pointed stump that could have ended his life.

“It’s crazy to think that in September it will make three years,” Potter said. “A pointed stump was really close to my body that my friends say I easily could have landed on.”

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Morehead State University’s Dr. Ronald D. Morrison, professor of English, has published an essay that explores connections between the country-rock band Blackberry Smoke and the poetry of William Wordsworth.

The essay titled “Wordsworth’s ‘Michael,’ the Georgic, and Blackberry Smoke” appears in the volume Rock and Romanticism: Blake, Wordsworth, and Rock from Dylan to U2, edited by James Rovira and published by Lexington Books, an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield.

Student Government Association holds debate before upcoming elections

Mar 12, 2018
Josh Bryant, The Trail Blazer

Morehead State University's Student Government Association held its first debate Wednesday, March 7th at 6:30 p.m.

The event featured a conversation between juniors Tom Curtsinger and Brandon Bryer, both of whom are running for president. Aaron Curnute and Colby Birkes are in the running for vice president.

Hotly discussed issues included meal swipes, alcohol on campus, housing and student counselling and health services.

Curtsinger said his priorities are health services and housing.

Kentucky Commission on Human Rights

The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) urges Kentuckians to celebrate National Deaf History Month, March 13-April 15, by recognizing deaf champions and increasing awareness of the deaf community’s contributions and rich history.


Kentucky’s annual unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent in 2017 from 5.1 percent in 2016, while nonfarm employment gained 11,300 jobs, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

It was the lowest annual jobless rate for the state since 2000 when the rate was 4.2 percent.

The U.S. annual unemployment rate dropped to 4.4 percent in 2017 from 4.9 percent in 2016.


March 12, 2018 -- Jack Kerouac was an American novelist and poet of French-Canadian descent. He is considered a literary iconoclast and, alongside William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, a pioneer of the Beat Generation.

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Georgie Fame

Mar 11, 2018
Daily Express

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #201 (March 11 at 8:00 p.m.)

Georgie Fame's swinging, surprisingly credible blend of jazz and American R&B earned him a substantial following in his native U.K., where he scored three number one singles during the '60s. Fame played piano and organ in addition to singing, and was influenced by the likes of Mose Allison, Booker T. & the MG's, and Louis Jordan.

Old Time School of Folk Music

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #133 (March 9 at 8:00 p.m. and March 10 at 3:00 p.m.)

Although they received a boost in popularity when actor/banjo player Steve Martin joined their ranks in 2009, the Steep Canyon Rangers had already earned an audience with their progressive bluegrass sound.

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Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday (March 11) at 2:00a.m. Remember to set your clocks forward one hour before you go to bed Saturday night.

It’s also recommended to change batteries in your smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire alarms. Check batteries in media devices, children's toys, and other items such as flashlights, garage door openers and clocks.


March 9, 2018 -- Samuel Osborne Barber II was an American composer of orchestral, opera, choral, and piano music. He is one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century. 


Lexington police are at the scene of Frederick Douglass High School after a report of a gunshot on campus.

A student who was in a classroom at the same time the gunshot occurred says another student was playing with the gun before it accidentally fired. The students says her peer suffered a hand injury as a result.

One mother tells WKYT she received a call from her son who was "shook" from the event after hearing the gunshot. She says she is heading to the school to pick her son up.


March 8, 2018 -- Kenneth Grahame was a Scottish writer, most famous for The Wind in the Willows, one of the classics of children's literature. He also wrote The Reluctant Dragon. 

Prompted by our visit to the Rowan County Fiscal Court to listen to the debate over supporting legalization of medical marijuana in Kentucky, this show includes a discussion of the alarming lack of scientific data on marijuana, skepticism over recent research on cleaning products and emphysema, and the benefits of cold water.

Tip: Women experience heart attacks differently than men. The pain is more likely to be in the jaw, neck, arms, or between the shoulder blades, and women were nearly twice as likely to perceive the problem as anxiety.

A new business in downtown Morehead is focused on healthy living.  W-M-K-Y’s Payton Stewart files this report. 


March 6, 2018 -- Edward Peter Leo McMahon, Jr., was born on March 6, 1923, in Detroit, Michigan. After WWII, Ed McMahon started his entertainment career in radio, later moving onto TV and his role at Johnny Carson's side on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, where he would become a fixture for the next three decades, keeping American viewers laughing with his banter and on-air personality.


March 5, 2018 -- Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Norris Jr. was an American journalist and sometime novelist during the Progressive Era, whose fiction was predominantly in the naturalist genre.