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.  


The Tri-county Animal Shelter in Rowan County is hoping to increase the adoption rate for animals there as the facility nears full capacity.

The shelter has stopped the intake of cats for the time being, with little room left for new dogs as well. 

Nicole Meade is an Animal Control Assistant there.  She says when overcrowding occurs, it can be detrimental to the health of the animals their care.

Commonwealth of Kentucky

Yesterday marked the first day in months the Commonwealth of Kentucky has reported over 1,000 new cases in COVID-19 infections.

1,054 new cases were published in the daily report from the state, putting the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic at 471,669.  The last time more than 1,000 cases were reported in the state was in early March

Goodwill Industries of Kentucky

Goodwill Industries of Kentucky is set to hold a statewide hiring event this week at all of its stores.

Those seeking employment can visit any of the company’s 66 retail locations for on-the-spot interviewing.  There are a variety of positions available, including production clerks, cashiers, material handler and management positions.

Tara Logan is the Talent Acquisition Manager for Goodwill Industries of Kentucky.  She says like many other businesses, her company is facing a major employee shortage as well.


Some new mask recommendations were handed down from the Commonwealth yesterday.

Governor Andy Beshear held a press conference to discuss the increasing cases of COVID-19 infections in the state, which health officials believe to be the result of the Delta variant of the virus.  Case numbers are up 76% week-to-week in Kentucky, with a 5% positivity rate reported during the conference. 


After some controversy surrounding the substance, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture has issued a statement regarding Delta 8 THC.

The Kentucky Hemp Association is seeking an injunction against the state after two Morehead Businesses were raided by the Kentucky State Police last month.  A release from the association says the stores had their Delta 8 inventory seized along with money and store surveillance equipment, as well as charging store employees with trafficking.


The Commonwealth is facing some backlash after two Morehead businesses were raided by the Kentucky State Police.

There’s been some controversy in recent weeks surrounding Delta 8 THC.  Delta 9 THC is the illicit form of the drug found in marijuana.  Delta 8 is a form derived from the hemp plant, and Delta 8 products began being sold nationally following the passage of the 2018 United States farm bill. 


The Morehead Utility Plant Board is making plans to improve their customers’ drinking water.

The Morehead-Rowan County Clyde A. Thomas Regional Airport has received a major grant.

The airport was opened in 2007 and has been in need of some upkeep. This newest grant is one of twelve awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration, and comes in at just under $1.3 million. 

Bruce Mattingly is Chair of the Airport Board.  He says over the past four years the hub has installed all new LED lighting and navigation equipment, as well as various other construction projects.

Tanner Boyd

Progress is becoming more visible on the City of Morehead’s new Police and 911 Center.

The ribbon cutting for the project was held in the final days of last year, and has seen some delays due to significant weather events during the first half of 2021.  But with caissons now in place and walls going up, the project is beginning to move into more critical phases. 

David Rhodes is the Vice President of development company Packs + Walker.  He gave an update during the regular July meeting of Morehead City Council.

Gateway Area Development District

Free public medical clinics will be available to those needing services in several area counties beginning at noon today.

Operation Gateway Kentucky is an Innovative Readiness Training mission by the United States Department of Defense that provides essential services at no cost to the community.  Clinics have been set up in Bath, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan and Rowan Counties.


Police in Morehead are searching for a young man who went missing over the weekend.

19-year-old Lakota Johnson is described as a white male, 5'11 weighing approximately 170lbs with hazel eyes and shoulder-length sandy blonde hair.  He was reported missing by his mother Monday. 

Derrick Blevins is Chief of the Morehead Police Department.  He says Johnson was last seen leaving Triplett View Apartments late Saturday with some unidentified male subjects.

City of Morehead Facebook Page

Last week was a busy one for Morehead City Council.

In addition to the regular June meeting Monday night, Council called two Special Meetings later in the week.  The convening Thursday dealt with an adjustment in an application for a 2020 U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Services Hiring Program Grant.

Mayor Laura White-Brown says if acquired, the grant would assist in filling vacancies with the Morehead City Police Department.

Gateway Area Development District

Residents in multiple Eastern Kentucky counties will have access to free public medical clinics next month.

Operation Gateway Kentucky is an Innovative Readiness Training mission by the United States Department of Defense which provides essential services at no cost to the community. 

Joshua Farrow is the Executive Director of the Gateway Area Development District.  He discussed the mission during the regular June meeting of Morehead City Council.



Some displaced residents of North Fork Mobile Home Park are suing the City of Morehead.

City of Morehead Facebook Page

The June meeting for Morehead City Council saw many items on the agenda.

In their last regular gathering before the start of the new fiscal year, Council heard updates from Downtown Morehead, Inc. and the Morehead Utility Plant Board.  Representatives with Packs + Walker, the company constructing the new police and 911 facility, were also present.  That project is still around six weeks behind due to weather, but progress is continuing to become more visible.

Kentucky Broadcasters Association

Morehead State Public Radio (WMKY, 90.3FM) staff and students took home a total of 13 awards in the 2021 Kentucky Broadcasters Association (KBA) Impact Broadcast Awards. The awards recognize the best in television and radio journalism for the calendar year of 2020.

The awards were announced for both professional and college entries.

Downtown Morehead, Inc. Facebook Page

The return of the Fazoli’s Freedom Fest in downtown Morehead is set to take place in a couple of weeks.

Scheduled for July 3rd, the Independence Day festivities will get underway at 4:00pm.  Food and beverage vendors will be present. 

Executive Director of Downtown Morehead Incorporated Tony Pence says there will also be live music played at all corners of the festival.

The day will also mark the grand re-opening of the Morehead History and Railroad Museum, which will be open 11:00am-9:00pm. 

Wolfe County Search & Rescue Team

As temperatures continue to rise and the summer season gets in full swing, individuals should keep the potential for heat-related illnesses in mind.

While heat rash, cramps and sunburns also fall within the category, the symptoms for heat exhaustion and heat stroke should be a familiarity for those planning outdoor activities over the next few months.  Organizations like the Wolfe County Search and Rescue Team respond to numerous calls of individuals experiencing these illnesses on hiking trails each year.

Rowan County Board of Education

The Rowan County Board of Education's Summer Feeding Program is underway for students in the district needing a meal.

The program is open to anyone up to age 18 and will run through June 25th.  Glen Teager is the Finance Officer and Food Services Director for the Board.  He says programs like these can go a long way for many students who typically rely on meals they receive throughout the school year.

Meal pick-up will take place at the new Viking Complex between the Rowan Middle and High Schools from 11:30am to 1:30pm Monday through Friday.  No sign-up is necessary.


A faculty member with Morehead State University’s Convergent Media Program is releasing a documentary film this summer.  WMKY’s Tanner Boyd reports…

Tanner Boyd

Tensions were high during the regular monthly Morehead City Council Meeting held Monday night.

Protestors with the group Justice 4 North Fork held another demonstration prior to the meeting, keeping in line with previous gatherings by the group.  Displaced residents of the mobile home park spoke during the public comments section of the meeting.  Also speaking in support of the group was Kentucky House Representative Attica Scott who says there is a similar situation unfolding on her end of the state.

MSU SBDC Facebook

Applications are now being accepted by the U.S. Small Business Adminstration for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.

Part of the American Rescue Plan Act, the Restaurant Revitalization Fund is providing emergency aid to restaurants, bars and other businesses such as caterers and distileries.

Rachel Bowling is the Director of the Small Business Develpment Center at Morehead State University.  She says the funds can be used for a wide range of business expenses.

Better Life Church Subsplash Page

Motions to add a plaintiff and set a trial date are being made this week in the civil suit against Better Life Church and its former youth pastor.


As COVID-19 restrictions ease across the country, restaurants are dealing with massive employee shortages.  WMKY’s Tanner Boyd takes a closer look at how that issue is affecting Morehead businesses.

Morehead-Rowan County Chamber of Commerce

A ribbon cutting ceremony for a new Morehead business is set to take place this morning.

The Eastern kentucky Hemp Company first opened its first location in Grayson in 2018.  Since then they have expanded to Olive Hill and Huntington, West Virginia with additional locations expected to open in the near future.  Co-owner Mark Deney says as the business expands, he hopes individuals continue to see the benefits of the products they sell.

The Eastern Kentucky Hemp Company's Morehead location will operate Monday through Saturday from 11:00am to 7:00pm.

Rowan County Judge-Executive Harry Clark facebook page

Some residents in Rowan County are believed to be the victims of a form of criminal harassment called “Swatting.” 

Swatting is falsely reporting an emergency to public safety for the intent of getting a S.W.A.T. team response to a location where no emergency exists.

Justice 4 North Fork Facebook page

Organizers are preparing to hold a rally prior to Morehead's regular monthly City Council meeting this evening.


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...


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.

Sawstone Brewing Co. Facebook Page

The Sawstone Brewing Company in Morehead will be celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day this year with a bottle release of a new beer.

Called Finley’s Irish Stout, the brew is barrel aged and will be available in 22 ounce bottles beginning Wednesday.  Derek Caskey is one of the owners of Sawstone.  He says the release is one of several things that will be going on that day.