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.  


A member of Morehead City Council wants to re-examine the tourism partnership with the County.

The topic was brought up during the closing minutes of the regular August meeting of Council held last night.

Councilmember Jan Bishop cited an issue with the funding model for Morehead-Rowan County Tourism.  Here she is speaking with Mayor Laura White-Brown.


The City of Morehead is set to receive $1.9-million in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act.

Governor Andy Beshear announced $157-million in funds were being given to city governments across the commonwealth late last month.  They are being distributed by the Department for Local Government.

Mayor Laura White-Brown discussed the matter during the regular monthly meeting of Morehead City Council last night, saying she recently sent out a memo to department heads seeking feedback.

Health officials are continuing to report an increased rate for COVID-19 vaccination.

The news comes as the number of infections more than doubled in the Gateway District in a week.  The health department district includes Bath, Elliott, Menifee, Morgan and Rowan Counties.  49 new cases of the virus were reported there July 29th.  The update Thursday reported 128 new cases, with Elliott and Menifee now in the red designation.

Maysville Community and Technical College is among a select few institutions to be selected to take part in a project to strengthen STEM education.

Project Vision is supported by the National Science Foundation.  The goal of the 5-year project is to catalyze submissions of proposals from 45 two-year colleges not previously associated with Division of Undergraduate Education programs. 

Russ Ward is the Interim President of MCTC.  He discussed the matter during the August Morehead-Rowan County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon.

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Those still in need of a COVID-19 vaccine in Rowan County can choose the shot they would like to take.

There has been an increase in the vaccination rate in the Commonwealth, with over 40,000 Kentuckians getting an injection in the past week alone.  Still, health officials say the rate is not where it needs to be.

Laura Harney is the Nursing Coordinator at the Rowan County Health Center.  She says if anyone has a preference about which shot they would like to take, they are able to make that decision.


Students in Carter County were scheduled to return to class Thursday…but that date has been pushed back due to an increase of COVID-19 cases among school-aged children.

The announcement was made via social media yesterday, saying the recommendation was made by the Carter County Health Department.  The update comes less than two weeks after the district announced they would not implement a mask mandate.



The Rowan County COVID-19 Reporting Dashboard had not been used since mid-May, but the County’s top official has brought it back.

Judge-Executive Harry Clark made the announcement Thursday, saying the updates would be made on a weekly basis as cases continue to see an increase.  The Gateway District Health Department covers Bath, Elliott, Menifee, Morgan and Rowan Counties.  49 new infections were reported in the area this past week, compared to just seven in early July.


COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise in the Commonwealth.  That was among the topics discussed during yesterday’s Team Kentucky update. 

Those cases are rising quickly as well.  The number of red counties has more than doubled within a week, with 15 on Monday, and the count now at 40.  1,618 new cases were reported yesterday alone, with 328 affecting individuals age 18 and younger.


Several communities in the area experienced heavy rains and severe weather events last night.

Officials with the National Weather Service in Jackson say the region experienced what is known in meteorology as training:  repeated areas of rain, typically from thunderstorms, that move over the same region in a short period of time.  Several severe thunderstorm warnings were issued, along with two tornado warnings. 


Kentuckians will soon be hearing radio ads featuring their senior senator on the importance of getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

A story published by Reuters says Mitch McConnell’s 60-second ads will be played on over 100 radio stations across the Commonwealth.  McConnell blames misinformation for the low vaccination rates in the country. 


A new technology center for high school students in Estill and Powell counties, as well as technical college students, has opened in Irvine.

The Estill County Area Technology Center will also provide training for displaced workers seeking new career paths.  The 40,000-square-foot facility will house six different career and technical programs. 

Jeff Saylor is the Superintendent of the Estill County Schools.  He says the project is a great example of what can happen when partisanship is put aside.


The State has issued recommendations for masking at schools when students return to classes next month.

Governor Andy Beshear appeared alongside Kentucky education officials during a press conference to deliver the guidance yesterday.  The recommendations are not mandated at this time, leaving it up to each district to ultimately make the call. 

However, the Governor says the consequences of inaction could result in a similar experience to the last school year.


As COVID-19 cases continue to increase, the Commonwealth’s top health official is working to stress the severity of the situation.

Last week saw the most new cases of the virus in Kentucky since March, and nearly 800 new cases were reported yesterday. 

Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack is continuing the push for increased vaccination as Delta variant infections, and re-infections, continue to be reported in communities statewide.


The upward trend in COVID-19 cases seen in the state is being felt in the Gateway District as well.

The Gateway District Health Department covers Bath, Elliott, Menifee, Morgan and Rowan Counties.  In mid-June, the District began reporting new cases on a weekly basis instead of daily due to a declining infection rate.  On July 7th there were six cases reported.  Friday, 38 cases were reported.  That’s more than a six-fold increase in just two weeks.


Reflecting the nationwide trend, the cases of COVID-19 infections in the Commonwealth are continuing to go up.

240 new cases of the viruse were reported last Monday.  But the following day marked the first since March where over 1,000 new cases were reported.  Things didn't get much better throughout the week:  over 900 cases were reported Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  Kentucky's new case total since the start of the pandemic is now 474,444 with a current positivity rate just under 7%.


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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.