April 8, 2021 -- A Way with Words (Red!)

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  • red herring
  • red letter day
  • red tape

Esther Rose

Apr 7, 2021
Playing For Change

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #239 (April 9 at 8:00 p.m. and April 10 at 3:00 p.m.)

Equal parts poignant and lighthearted, Esther Rose's honeyed retro-country has the crossover appeal of artists like Margo Price and Kelsey Waldon.

Steeped in dreamy, rustic twang, her solo debut, This Time Last Night, arrived in 2017. Her third album, 2021's How Many Times, added a touch of pop luminance to the mix without diluting her songs' folksy charm.

Morehead State University

Morehead State University's Department of Music, Theatre and Dance will close out its 2020-21 theatrical season with the production of Ken Ludwig's "Moon Over Buffalo."

MSU Theatre will present the show virtually. A recording of the performance is available online from Thursday through Sunday, April 8-11, and Thursday through Sunday, April 15-18. 


April 7, 2021 -- The Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55 by Ludwig van Beethoven, known as the Eroica Symphony for its supposed heroic nature. The work premiered in Vienna on April 7, 1805, and was grander and more dramatic than customary for symphonies at the time.

MSU Athletics

After claiming the program's first Ohio Valley Conference Regular Season and Tournament Championships, Morehead State Volleyball opponent and match information has been released for the upcoming NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship.

The Eagles matchup with the Creighton Bluejays in an opening-round match slated for 3:30 p.m. ET at the CHI Health Center Omaha in Omaha, Neb. The match features in the upper left quadrant of the 48-team bracket with the winner of the match advancing to face No. 8 overall seed Florida.

MSU Athletics

Junior quarterback Mark Pappas threw for a career-high 382 yards and two scores and rushed for a third, while the Morehead State defense intercepted four passes and returned one 75 yards for a TD as the Eagles claimed a 35-14 road victory at Butler Saturday afternoon.

The Eagles improved to 2-3 overall and evened their Pioneer League mark at 2-2, while the Bulldogs fell to 0-4 with the same PFL scorecard.

MSU Athletics

After visiting SIUE rallied for a six-run outburst in the ninth inning to claim game one 12-8, Morehead State baseball doubled that output in a single frame in game two today as the Eagles used a 12-run sixth-inning to defeat the Cougars 13-8 and win the series at Allen Field two games to one.

Morehead State, which has only lost three OVC home series since 2018, improved to 12-11 overall and 4-2 in the OVC. The Cougars are now 12-12 and 6-6.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, District 9

Construction’s under way on a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet highway safety project to replace the US 60-KY 801 intersection near the Bath-Rowan county line with a mini-roundabout.

Contractors are currently working on drainage, lighting, and other parts of the intersection, and expect to begin pavement changes next week, the week of April 12. Construction will take about two weeks, weather permitting.


April 6, 2021 -- Isaac Asimov was an American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University. He was known for his works of science fiction and popular science. Asimov was a prolific writer, and wrote or edited more than 500 books. He also wrote an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. Asimov wrote hard science fiction.



April 5, 2021 -- Article I, section 7 of the Constitution grants the President the authority to veto legislation passed by Congress. This authority is one of the most significant tools the President can employ to prevent the passage of legislation. President George Washington issued the first regular veto on April 5, 1792.


Henry Butler

Apr 2, 2021
Henry Butler

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #321 (April 4 at 8:00 p.m.)

Henry Butler's blues-based, New Orleans funk-style piano playing was not for every blues fan, to be sure. Butler was a local legend in New Orleans, but rarely toured other parts of the country; most any time of the year he could be found playing in one of New Orleans' famous night spots.


Live From The Jazz Lounge

Program #54 (April 4 at 6:00 p.m.)

Count Basie & His Orchestra – Breakfast Dance and Barbeque (1959)

Recorded live at the The Americana Hotel, Miami, Florida on May 31, 1959.

Performers include:

Alto Saxophone – Frank Wess, Marshall Royal

Baritone Saxophone – Charlie Fowlkes

Bass – Eddie Jones

Drums – Sonny Payne

Flute – Frank Wess

Guitar – Freddie Green

Piano – Count Basie

Tenor Saxophone – Billy Mitchell, Frank Foster

Trombone – Al Grey, Benny Powell, Henry Coker


Apr 1, 2021
Bob Bayne, Lucero

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #238 (April 2 at 8:00 p.m. and April 3 at 3:00 p.m.)

Adding a Southern flavor to their love of Springsteen, the Mekons, and the indie folk-pop of Ida, Memphis alt-country rockers Lucero have suffered the turbulence that comes with the indie scene, but their story of perseverance and survival is triumphant, so much so that director Aaron Goldman made a film about it.


April 1, 2021 -- A Way with Words (Old insults)

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  • knave
  • thunderation
  • consarn it


An area folk musician who hosts a nationally syndicated radio program is hoping to share a story through another medium. WMKY's Tanner Boyd reports...

Annette Elizabeth Allen / NPR

President Biden is presenting his next big legislative move: infrastructure. The "Build Back Better" plan is expected to include funding for physical infrastructure like roads and bridges as well as for clean energy and energy efficiency projects. Watch his remarks live.

Sawstone Brewing Co. Facebook Page

A new law in Kentucky will save microbreweries, like Sawstone Brewing Company, some money while also giving them more freedom. WMKY's Sarah Meade has the story...

Library of Congress

March 31, 2021 -- During World War I, in an effort to conserve fuel, Germany began observing DST on May 1, 1916. The rest of Europe soon followed. The plan was not adopted in the United States until the Standard Time Act of March 19, 1918, which confirmed the existing standard time zone system and set summer DST to begin on March 31, 1918.


Alastair Greene – The New World Blues (Whiskey Bayou)

Veronica Lewis – You Ain’t Unlucky (Blue Heart)

Shemekia Copeland – Uncivil War (Alligator)

Curtis Salgado – Damage Control (Alligator)

Skylar Rogers – Firebreather (Independent)

Kim Wilson – Take Me Back (M.C.)

Eric Johanson – Below Sea Level (Nola Blue)

Kevin Burt – Stone Crazy (Gulf Coast)


March 30, 2021 -- Warren Beatty made his debut as a tortured teenager opposite Natalie Wood in Splendor in the Grass (1961). His next big role was in Bonnie and Clyde (1967), which he also produced. The film became a colossal hit and a milestone in cinema history. Beatty was nominated for four Oscars for Heaven Can Wait and won one for directing Reds, in which he also starred. He has written, directed and starred in many films since.


An area folk musician who hosts a nationally syndicated radio program is hoping to share a story through another medium.  WMKY's Tanner Boyd Reports.

More information on the project can be found by clicking here.

Morehead State University

Morehead State University’s Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies earned a top 10 ranking among the best bachelor's in legal studies degrees. WMKY’s Lakyn Hupp has more…


March 29, 2021 -- Pearl Mae Bailey was an American actress and singer. After appearing in vaudeville she made her Broadway debut in St. Louis Woman in 1946. She won a Tony Award for the title role in the all-Black production of Hello, Dolly! in 1968.



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Feature: Elkhorn Creek Dam Removal

Mar 26, 2021
Bluegrass Wildwater Association, Inc

The upcoming removal of a dam along Elkhorn Creek in central Kentucky is being celebrated by paddlers of the popular whitewater river. WMKY's Carrie Stambaugh has the story.

Feature: The Ashland Tragedy

Mar 25, 2021
H. E. Castle

An Ashland native has written the history behind the Ashland Tragedy after years of dedication and research. The Trail Blazer's Olyvia Neal has the story.

Morehead State University

Morehead State University professor Dr. Philip Prater talks about the university’s national ranking earned by the vet technician program. WMKY’s Carla Haight has the story. 

Annette Elizabeth Allen / NPR

President Biden is holding his first news conference today and is expected to field questions on a wide range of topics, from the coronavirus to the influx of migrants at the border and his upcoming infrastructure effort.

Special Coverage begins at 1 PM ET


March 25, 2021 -- A Way with Words

Gerrymandering, in U.S. politics, the practice of drawing the boundaries of electoral districts in a way that gives one political party an unfair advantage over its rivals (political or partisan gerrymandering) or that dilutes the voting power of members of ethnic or linguistic minority groups (racial gerrymandering). The term is derived from the name of Gov. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts, whose administration enacted a law in 1812 defining new state senatorial districts.


A.J. Croce

Mar 24, 2021
Joshua Black Wilkins, A.J. Croce

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #237 (March 26 at 8:00 p.m. and March 27 at 3:00 p.m.)

Over the past three decades, A.J. Croce has established his reputation as a piano player and serious vocal stylist who pulls from a host of musical traditions and anti-heroes….part New Orleans, part juke joint, part soul.

Over his ten studio albums, it’s clear that A.J. Croce holds an abiding love for all types of musical genres: Blues, Soul, Pop, Jazz, and Rock n’ Roll.