Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

This week will begin a series of traffic alterations across different areas of the Mountain Parkway.

Drivers should be aware of changes impacting eastbound traffic exiting the Parkway at the KY 205 interchange, traffic over Burning Fork Bridge near Salyersville, and changes to business access throughout Salyersville’s Restaurant Row.

Burning Fork Bridge


Contractors will close US 60 just east of the KY 211 intersection in Salt Lick overnight Wednesday for drainage pipe installation.

Beginning at 9 p.m. Wednesday night, Sept. 5, crews will close US 60 to all traffic near milepoint 16.5 on the Farmers side (east) of KY 211 at Salt Lick to cut through the road and install a drainage pipe. The road will remain closed until 5 a.m. Thursday morning, Sept. 6.


            A long running music festival at Carter Caves is making its return this week.

            The Fraley Festival of Traditional Music has been going on for over 50-years, and features folk, old-time, western, swing and early country music. 

Coy Ainsley is a Carter Caves Park Naturalist.  He says the gathering is unique in the sense that there really isn’t a headliner.


September 4, 2018 -- Richard Wright, novelist and short-story writer who was among the first African American writers to protest white treatment of blacks, notably in his novel Native Son (1940) and his autobiography, Black Boy (1945). He inaugurated the tradition of protest explored by other black writers after World War II.  

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Space Science is Disney World for MSU Graduate Student

Sep 3, 2018
Megan Woods

Kennedy Haught took the first step towards her dream of working with NASA after giving up an in-state scholarship to go anywhere in West Virginia, for the Space Science Program at Morehead State University.

Haught knew she would not be happy unless she pursued a career in the field after she attended a camp where she immersed herself in celestial objects with like-minded peers.


Buddy Guy – The Blues Is Alive And Well (Silvertone)

Shemekia Copeland – America’s Child (Alligator)

Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite – No Mercy In This Land (Anti)

Nick Moss Band – The High Cost Of Low Living (Alligator)

Bernard Allison – Let It Go (Ruf)

Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio – Something Smells Funky ‘Round Here (Alligator)

Tinsley Ellis – Winning Hand (Alligator)

MSU Athletics

Morehead State cross country welcomed back a potential new women's team leader after nearly two years on the sidelines, and both teams gained widespread experience Saturday morning in the opening meet of the 2018 season, the 37th annual Queen City Invitational hosted by Northern Kentucky.

MSU Athletics

Despite outshooting its opponent for the first time in 2018 season, the Morehead State soccer team fell to Kennesaw State 2-0 on Sunday afternoon at Kennesaw State.

The Eagles fired a season-high 17 shots while also having a season-best nine shots on goal. Of the nine shots on goal, two were near goals that were bounced off the goal as senior forward Dani Wilson's first shot in the seventh minute hit the crossbar and freshman midfielder Jenna Ahlbrand's second shot found the post in the 61st minute.

MSU Athletics

In the final match of the Comfort Inn-Vitational, Wright State downed Morehead State in straight sets. The Raiders (5-1) capped an undefeated weekend, while the Eagles (5-2) finshed 2-1 during the two-day event.

The Raiders and Eagles played a tightly contested first set (23-25) before the Raiders took the following two sets 25-18 and 25-15.

MSU Athletics

The Morehead State volleyball program's 750th win punctuated a perfect day at the Comfort Inn-Vitational. The Eagles (5-1) defeated Saint Francis (Pa.) (0-5) in the event's opening match and Mercer (2-4) in the night cap.

The Eagles swept the Red Flash 25-20, 25-16, and 25-20 before downing the Bears 25-19, 25-20, and 25-13. The pair of wins also gives head coach Jaime Gordon 350 career wins, with 270 of the total coming at the helm of the Eagle program.


Morehead State University

In observance of the Labor Day holiday, Morehead State University will be closed Monday, Sept. 3.

There will be no classes or office hours and mail will not be delivered.

The Recreation and Wellness Center will be open on the following schedule:


Saturday, Sept. 1: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 2: 2 p.m.-10 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 3: 2 p.m.-10 p.m.


Saturday, Sept. 1: 10 a.m.-noon

Sunday, Sept. 2: 4 p.m.-8 p.m.

Monday, Sept 3: 4 p.m.-8 p.m.

Outdoor Adventures

Saturday, Sept. 1: 10 a.m.- noon

State Scoop

U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) and Governor Matt Bevin today announced two grants worth $10.5 million to spur economic development and job creation in Eastern Kentucky. 

Letcher County will receive $4.5 million for a water expansion project that will serve 100 additional households and the future federal correctional facility in Roxana.

Hal Rogers

Celebrating the organization's 5th anniversary, U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers and Governor Matt Bevin welcomed more than 1,100 attendees to the annual summit at the East Kentucky Exposition Center in Pikeville, applauding federal, state and local leaders for overcoming early challenges to drive successful efforts inspired by Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR).

Grateful Web

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #151 (August 31 at 8:00pm and September 1 at 3:00pm)

At some point all those miles turn into milestones.  For four decades and counting, on stages across the globe - from the grange hall to the Grand Ole Opry - all those performances turn into statements of legacy and purpose. The goal was to play their music all over, have people like it, and make a living.  And then, at some point, the journey circles back home.

“We wanted to have a party,” says bassist Nick Forster.  “We wanted to have a full-out bash!” 

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

Foggy mornings and shorter days foreshadow the coming of fall. This inevitability triggers many to visit lakes, rivers and streams to get in that last weekend of the summer boating season during the Labor Day holiday weekend.

The crowded conditions common on this holiday make observance of simple boating safety procedures vital to a safe weekend for everyone.

Kentucky Arts Council

The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting nominations for Kentucky Poet Laureate. The next poet laureate will serve for two years starting in 2019, succeeding current Kentucky Poet Laureate Frederick Smock, who has served since 2017.

The state poet laureate is appointed biennially by the Governor to promote the literary arts in Kentucky through readings and public presentations at meetings, seminars, conferences and events, including Kentucky Writers’ Day.

The arts council coordinates the nomination and selection process for recommendation to the governor.

MSU Athletics

The Morehead State soccer team fell to Ohio State 7-0 on Thursday evening at Jesse Owens Memorial Field.

Morehead State trailed 3-0 at half before conceding five second-half goals. Redshirt-sophomore goalkeeper Eva Helgadottir started and played the entire first half before giving way to senior goalkeeper Michelle Washburn. Helgadottir made four saves in the first 45 minutes of action while Washburn made eight.

The Eagles' offense was stifled by the Buckeyes defense and were unable to get off any shots in the loss while Ohio State fired 37 shots with 20 on goal.

MSU Athletics

After hitting the road for the first time this season, Morehead State volleyball returns home to host the Comfort Inn-Vitational this weekend.

The Eagles (3-1) welcome in Saint Francis (Pa.), Mercer, and Wright State.

MSU Athletics

Danielle McCarson, a redshirt junior for the Morehead State Volleyball Team, spent her first two years on campus as a biology major before deciding she needed to change her focus.

"I don't know why I stuck with it for so long," McCarson said. "It just wasn't for me, and I realized that I was trying to find ways to express myself."

Her parents noticed her taking and editing a lot of photos on her cell phone and surprised her with a camera for Christmas.

"I don't use my phone anymore," McCarson said.

Nat Adderley Quintet

Aug 30, 2018
All About Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #219

Trumpeter, composer and bandleader Nat Adderley redefined the idea of "brotherly love" in a musical context. Fueled by his desire to "be remembered for having led a committed life," Nat devoted his creative energies to collaborating with his saxophone-playing brother, Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, producing one of jazz's greatest sibling success stories.

Baseball Hall of Fame

August 30, 2018 -- Theodore Samuel "Ted" Williams was an American professional baseball player and manager. He played his entire 19-year Major League Baseball career as a left fielder for the Boston Red Sox from 1939 to 1960, only interrupted by service time during World War II and the Korean War. Nicknamed "The Kid", "The Splendid Splinter", "Teddy Ballgame", "The Thumper", and "The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived", Williams is regarded as one of the greatest players in baseball history.


August 29, 2018 -- Isabel Sanford was an American stage, film, and television actress and comedian best known for her role as Louise "Weezy" Mills-Jefferson on the CBS sitcoms All in the Family and The Jeffersons.

Chuck Roast Show

Aug 28, 2018

Chuck Mraz has served as news and sports director for Morehead State Public Radio since shortly after our show started in 2003. He first came to WMKY in 1986. He is a real classy guy, although weird in a way that you can’t quite put your finger on. This show is our retirement salute to Chuck. We also talk about suicides, high blood pressure guidelines, and the new colon cancer screening recommendations from the American Cancer Society.

Morehead State University

Morehead State University is consistently ranked as one of the top public universities in the South. Now, College Consensus, a unique new college review aggregator, has recognized Morehead State University in its survey of the Best Colleges and Universities in Kentucky for 2018. 

The website’s list includes everything from major public research universities and small regional colleges to liberal arts colleges in its rankings, honoring the best colleges in Kentucky for their commitment to excellence. MSU was the highest ranked Kentucky public university on the list. 

Poetry Foundation

August 28, 2018 -- Sir John Betjeman was an English poet, writer, and broadcaster who described himself in Who's Who as a "poet and hack". He was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1972 until his death. 

Library of Congress

August 27, 2018 -- The 1883 eruption of Krakatoa in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) began in the afternoon of Sunday, 26 August 1883 (with origins as early as May of that year), and peaked in the late morning of Monday, 27 August when over 70% of the island and its surrounding archipelago were destroyed as it collapsed into a caldera.

Old Time Radio Downloads

Morehead State Public Radio (MSPR) will celebrate the Labor Day weekend with special programs.

Among the specials are:

"Muddy Bottom Blues – Hot Rize 40th Anniversary Bash" 
August 31 at 8:00pm; September 1 at 3:00pm

MSU Athletics

The Ohio Valley Conference and ESPN have reached an extension of their media rights agreement, which will now include a minimum of 600 conference events on ESPN+, the recently launched multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company Direct-to-Consumer & International segment and ESPN.

MSU Athletics

The Morehead State soccer team fell to Ball State 1-0 in overtime on Sunday afternoon at Jayne Stadium. The loss is the Eagles third consecutive overtime loss.

The Cardinals netted the game winner in the 93rd minute with a header from Jenna Dombrowski that was set up by a free kick 30 yards above the box. Paula Guerrero sent the ball into the middle of the box to assist Dombrowski goal.