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Morehead State Public Radio 2023 Fall Fundraiser and Membership Drive


Morehead State Public Radio’s Fall Fundraiser and Membership Drive is November 6 – 10. During this time, new listeners can become members while current members may renew their membership to MSPR.

“The number of members who support MSPR helps us receive grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting,” said Paul Hitchcock, MSPR general manager. “Our ability to raise funds and increase our membership is important in meeting criteria for grants to purchase national programs such as NPR’s All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and World Café.”

Since 1965, Morehead State Public Radio (WMKY) has operated from Morehead State University (MSU), keeping the people of east Kentucky informed, engaged, and connected to their community.

MSPR’s commitment to regional news continues with the recent appointment of Samantha Morrill as News Director. Morrill graduated from Morehead State University with a Bachelor of Arts in convergent media. Morrill, an award-winning reporter and producer, has worked at WYMT-TV in Hazard, and WEKU-FM in Richmond.

“We’re excited to have Samantha Morrill join the MSPR team,” commented Hitchcock.” Her knowledge and experience will enhance the return of our daily newscasts and feature reports as part of MSPR’s commitment to excellence in responsible journalism.”

Equally important to MSPR’s emphasis on regional news is the commitment to provide learning opportunities to MSU work-study students throughout the year as reporters, announcers, and producers.

“It’s an important part of our mission to provide hands-on student opportunities, award-winning local news, and to preserve this region’s cultural heritage with programming that is educational, informative, and entertaining,” said Hitchcock.

MSPR recently announced several new music programs to WMKY’s weekend broadcast schedule. In addition to “Pickin’ Parlor” locally hosted by Anabel Peterman, national programs “Folk Alley,” High Country Celtic Radio,” and “The Midnight Special” have been added.

“Our new weekend program schedule features Americana, Celtic, folk, bluegrass, and blues with an emphasis on musicians, songwriters, and storytellers,” said Hitchcock. “Our Appalachian region has a rich musical heritage and we’re delighted to feature these master musicians and songwriters.”

Financial gifts to the MSPR Fund support student work studies and local programming. There’s also an option to designate gifts to MSPR’s Enhancement Fund, providing scholarships to qualified students at Morehead State University. Gifts to the MSPR Fund or to the MSPR Enhancement Fund may be made online at: www.wmky.org

WMKY serves more than twenty counties throughout eastern Kentucky from the campus of Morehead State University. Listeners can enjoy WMKY at 90.3FM, online (www.wmky.org), by phone app, or by a smart speaker (“Play WMKY”).

Additional information on Morehead State Public Radio (WMKY) is available online at: www.wmky.org, e-mail Paul Hitchcock at: p.hitchc@moreheadstate.edu, or by calling 606.783.2334.