Tanner Boyd

Assistant News Director

Tanner Boyd (Class of 2016) has been named assistant news director at Morehead State Public Radio (MSPR), 90.3 FM, WMKY.  

Boyd, a native of Morehead, earned a bachelor's degree in multimedia production at MSU and worked at MSPR as a student and began working as a part-time reporter in 2018. Boyd will serve as the local anchor, host and producer of daily news programs including "Morning Edition," "Midday News" and "Mountain Edition." Other duties include conducting interviews, writing news stories, and producing long-form regional news reports. He will also recruit, train and supervise student staff members.  

"Tanner has worked hard as a student and as a part-time reporter. He deserves this promotion and recognition for his hard work. I was thrilled to be able to tell him about the promotion, and I am excited to see how having him here full-time will impact the station. He is already an asset to the station, and we are excited to expand his role here at MSPR," said Leeann Akers (Class of 2006, 07), news director at MSPR.  

"MSPR's listeners know of Tanner's work as an award-winning journalist and newscaster. We're excited to expand his role on our news team and offering the additional training to MSPR's student reporters," said MSPR General Manager Paul Hitchcock (Class of 1988).  

Boyd has won numerous awards for his work at the station, both as a student and a professional. They include:  

2015 - Best College Radio Newscast (Kentucky Associated Press) 

2016 - Best College Radio Newscast (Kentucky Associated Press 

2019 - Best Sports Reporting (Kentucky Associated Press) 

2021 – Second place, Best Investigative Reporting (Kentucky Broadcasters Association Impact Broadcast Awards) 

"I started here as a student in the summer of 2010, and I really admired how Morehead State Public Radio conducted itself as a news organization," Boyd said. "Something new I've enjoyed since returning to WMKY part-time a couple of years ago is working with the students in the newsroom. It's a cool thing seeing someone new come in without much idea of what they are doing, and after some guidance, becoming someone you can depend upon to assist in our news and sports productions," Boyd said.  

Students and faculty with the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music are set to perform their semester finale concert Tuesday evening.  WMKY's Tanner Boyd has this closer look at the program.


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Over 8,200 Rowan County residents will have access to high-speed fiber internet by the end of the year through Kinetic by Windstream.

Company, state and local officials gathered for a celebration of Kentucky’s latest broadband expansion at Rowan County Middle School Friday.  The project is part of a $2-billion multi-year initiative by Windstream to expand broadband in its 18 state coverage area.


Some students at Rowan County Senior High School and their parents were panicked Monday after some alleged threats, but the Rowan County Sheriff’s Department says the incident was entirely rumor-based.

A call was made to the department by a parent Sunday saying some students of color were being targeted for an assault.  The parent said they were informed by another parent whose daughter had seen a Snapchat post making the claim. 


Officials with Morehead-Rowan County Tourism are examining the potential for new art installations in the area.

The topic was discussed during the regular November meeting of Morehead City Council.  Morehead-Rowan County Tourism Executive Director Joy Brown says the idea was brought forth by longtime community member and Morehead State University professor Edna Schack.


A member of Morehead's City Council has thrown his hat in the ring for next year's race for mayor.  WMKY's Tanner Boyd reports.


Street parking will remain available for residents on the initial stretch of Knapp Avenue in Morehead.

Elliott County was among those awarded funds from the Commonwealth for various infrastructure projects Friday.

The county received over $1.6-million to improve flood control efforts, water systems and roadways there.  $948,200 of that money has already been spent.  Those funds went towards repaving KY-7 and multiple county roads.  $400,000 will go towards repairing infrastructure in Elliott County damaged by floods over the past two years. Projects include bridge, road and drainage repairs and replacing two low water crossings.


The search for a new president at Maysville Community at Technical College has been cancelled for the time being.

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System issued a release last week saying the search has been cancelled following internal deliberations, but will be reopened at a future date.  Russ Ward was appointed to the interim position in July last year and has held the role ever since.

Masks are about to become optional for students in Fleming County's middle and high schools.

Following the passage of Senate Bill 1 in September, the Fleming County Board of Education voted to make masks optional for middle and high school students starting November 1.  They will become optional for elementary school students beginning January 1 pending the approval of a COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11.

Superintdendent Brian Creasman says while masking will be optional, he foresees many students, faculty and staff continuing to wear them.

Turkey Trot for a Cure 5K in Morehead Oct. 30

Oct 22, 2021

The eleventh annual Turkey Trot 5k in Morehead will be held on October 30th, and community members can participate virtually or in-person to help raise awareness and support for Alzheimer’s.

Over 5.8 million people in the U-S have Alzheimer’s disease, including 75 thousand Kentuckians.

Mary Horsley, the chairperson for the Turkey Trot committee, was inspired to create this event when she lost a family member to Alzheimer’s disease in 2011. 

Morehead State Athletics

The season is set to get underway for Morehead State Basketball in a few weeks.  The men's and women's teams were present for Ohio Valley Conference Media Day this week, and WMKY's Tanner Boyd has this report.


The approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids age 5-11 is seeming more and more likely in the coming weeks.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccines and Related Biological Advisory Committee is set to meet October 26th.  That following Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will meet to discuss vaccines for children in that age group.

A local group is hoping to bring a new addition to Morehead’s City Park Complex.

Members of the Morehead-Rowan County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy have completed many projects through the years.  The city's dog park, also located in the complex, is among those projects.  Keeping in that same vein, the academy’s 2020 class is making plans to put in a beach volleyball court.

World Food Day events sponsored by AppHarvest are set to get underway in downtown Morehead Thursday.

One of the first World Food Day celebrations in the commonwealth, the two-day event will commemorate the establishment of the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization:  a group which AppHarvest shares many goals.


City of Morehead police and communications officers could soon be seeing a bump in pay.

The Morehead-Rowan County Young Professionals Association is hosting a "Share the Warmth" winter clothing drive.

Gently used men's and women's clothes can be donated and will be sent to the Morehead Inspiration Center and Edgewater Recovery.

Caleb Staggs with the Morehead-Rowan County YPA says funds for donations have been limited over the past year due to COVID-19.

The drive runs through November 5th.  Drop-off locations include the Morehead Visitors Center, Shelter Insurance and the State Farm Insurance office off KY-32.

Soo Jin Brown

A Morehead State University graduate is set to release an album of solo piano music this fall.  WMKY's Tanner Boyd has more.


A local non-profit domestic violence shelter will open up their next fundraiser soon.

Doves of Gateway has served the area for over 30 years now.  The organization is holding their online auction next week as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Money raised will help the shelter continue to provide services including case management, financial planning and parenting classes.

Kelli Petronella is the shelter’s Executive Director.  She says there will be a lot to choose from once bidding begins.

Singers sought for Community Choir Performance

Sep 29, 2021
Music on Market

Community and Morehead State University singers will begin rehearsals for their production of Handel’s Messiah this evening.

The oratorio is usually performed by Morehead singers every other year, and since last year’s performance was disrupted by the current COVID-19 pandemic, the directors thought the community had waited long enough to begin singing together again.

Morehead State University

The Fall Career and Internship Fair at Morehead State University will be back in-person this week.

The spring fair was held virtually this year, but MSU’s Career Services is once again hosting the event in the Adron Doran University Center.  Megan Boone is Director of Career Services.  She says attendees can find a wide-variety of opportunities.

Boone adds employers are eager to be there as worker shortages continue to be seen in multiple industries.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to surge in the Commonwealth, but officials with the Gateway District Health Department say more and more people are continuing to get vaccinated.

Tanner Boyd

A major tech company that opened a location in Morehead a few years ago held the ribbon cutting for their new facility yesterday. 

Rajant Corporation is the broadband communications technology company known for inventing multiple industry-leading devices such as Kinetic Mesh networking.  State and local officials attended the event, along with leadership with Rajant and Morehead State University.

CEO Bob Schena says the success of the Morehead location has been far and above from what he anticipated.

A podcast produced by students and faculty at Morehead State's Kentucky Center for Traditional music can now be heard on Morehead State Public Radio.  WMKY's Tanner Boyd reports.

American Red Cross Seeking Volunteers

Sep 14, 2021

With COVID-19 and natural disasters hitting the United States, the American Red Cross in Kentucky is in need of more volunteers.

Volunteers will receive basic skills to become a disaster responder in shltering or health services.  Sheltering requires a 14-day deployment; health servies requires a 10-day deployment minimum.

Volunteer Recruitment Specialist Caleb Berger says the organization has been looking for new volunteers at Morehead State University.

Berger adds having more local volunteers provides more comfort to those needing assistance.


While progress on the City of Morehead’s new Police and 911 Center is becoming more evident, the past month of construction saw some delays brought forth.

Bill Barker with the firm Packs + Walker gave an update on the work during the regular September meeting of Morehead City Council.  Calling the month disastrous, Barker says a significant amount of the jobsite employees were affected by a COVID outbreak, with crews now having to catch-up.

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Kentucky’s Secretary of State gave an update on the Commonwealth’s voting systems today.

An Elliott County native has released her debut album.  WMKY's Tanner Boyd reports.

Heavy rains likely Tuesday & Wednesday

Aug 30, 2021
National Weather Service

Hurricane Ida will likely bring some heavy rainfall to the Commonwealth this week.

The National Weather Service in Jackson has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the area.  

Christopher Fisher is the Lead Forecaster there.  He says the most significant precipitation will occur Tuesday and Wednesday.

Fisher says this will mostly be a rainfall event, but some gusty winds are possible.  He also advises drivers to avoid water covered roads.


The rate of new infections in the Gateway District are continuing to see an increase as well.

In the Health Department’s weekly recap last week, there were 438 active cases of COVID-19 throughout Bath, Elliott, Menifee, Morgan and Rowan Counties.  That number is now up to 566.

Greg Brewer is the Department’s Public Health Director.  He says he had noticed an increased vaccination rate in the weeks leading up to the new school year, and he thinks the FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine has improved that effort.


Thursday was the second-highest day for new COVID-19 infections in the Commonwealth since the pandemic began.

Announcing 5,401 new cases, Governor Andy Beshear says Kentucky’s positivity rate is the highest it has been so far at 13.24%.

In his update on social media yesterday, Beshear says children in Kentucky are feeling the spread as well.

Beshear is continuing his efforts to increase vaccination, and urging Kentuckians to mask up when indoors.