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.  

Better Life Church

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Department is conducting an investigation regarding alleged sexual misconduct by a former pastor with Better Life Church in Morehead.

A message from the church originally sent to their staff and volunteers began circulating on social media over the weekend.  The statement said the church was made aware that Pastor Jacob had a quote “personal problem that had become a pattern of behavior” on August 24th, and resigned the following day. 

Chrissy Perkins

A local photographer who started a litter clean-up campaign amid the COVID-19 pandemic says it has picked up a tremendous amount of momentum over the past few months.

Chrissy Perkins started the facebook group ‘1 Million Pieces of Trash Challenge’ in May of this year, hoping to see how quickly participants could hit the goal.  Since then, the group has grown to over 1,100 members present from across the United States and five different countries.

As activists continue to push for police reform around the country, the Morehead Police Department has found itself in the forefront of progressive policies.

Eight Can’t Wait is a movement that coincides with Black Lives Matter ideals, but focuses more so on implementing policies within police departments that result in fewer law enforcement related deaths.  They include banning no-knock warrants and chokeholds, requiring de-escalation and issuing a warning before firing their service weapon.

Julianna Leach

There were over 500-people in attendance at a Black Lives Matter protest in Morehead over the weekend.

There was a significant amount of tension felt throughout the community in the days leading up to the event Saturday, but the roadside demonstration, the march that followed and the candlelight vigil later in the evening were all conducted peacefully.

There were also several community members who addressed the crowd during the event.  Pastor Jason Mays says he’s proud of the support that showed up Saturday, but it can’t stop there.

Editor's note:  This story has been updated to reflect corrections.  Some information provided in the origional story were incorrect.  

           While a federal extension has been made for individuals to pay their income taxes, no such deal has been made for Commonwealth residents who owe tangible return on property.  


As cases of Covid-19 continue to rise in the state, Governor Andy Beshear is urging residents to donate to a new fund to assist people suffering financial setbacks from the coronavirus.

Donations to the new Team Kentucky Fund will be tax deductible.  During Beshear’s daily update Monday, he said the number of cases in the state has surpassed 120, as well as confirming the 4th death from the virus.  The governor also continued to stress social distancing practices.

Morehead State University

Instructors with the Space Science Center at Morehead State University are hoping to help families isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic by offering free online mini-courses for children.

   Shanil Virani is the Director of the Star Theater at MSU.  He says the presentations will also allow for some interaction from the viewers.

            Virani says he is planning for the presentations to begin streaming on YouTube Friday, and will continue to stream each weekday at 2-o’clock.

The Morehead News

            The Rowan County Clerk’s Office is closed to the public, but employees there are continuing to process mail, online transactions and drop-offs.

   Elwood Caudill, Jr. is the Rowan County Clerk.  He says even with closures in place, his office will continue to provide most services by using a drop-box placed outside the office, calling, or going online to rowan.countyclerk.us.

            Anyone who uses the drop-box for to update vehicle registration or title transfers needs to leave a contact number so the Clerk’s Office may call to complete the process.

WMKY News Slot Change

Mar 13, 2020

WMKY routinely works to provide the most up to date local coverage in news, events and health.  In order to maintain this standard, over the next week, during Morehead State University’s Spring break, WMKY’s local Morning Edition newscasts will be changing time slots from the top of the hour, to week days at 6:29, 7:29 and 8:29am.

Midday news will air at its normal time, as well as our local evening news casts.  We appreciate your continued listening and support of WMKY at 90.3fm.  Stay tuned for any additional program changes, or check for updates on our website at wmky.org.  

Morehead State University

Classes at Morehead State University will transition to online instruction for a two-week period (March 23-April3) following spring break.

The announcement from Morehead State President Dr. Jay Morgan also says residential halls will remain open for any student needing to reside.  That decision was made due to many MSU students coming from rural areas with limited access to broadband internet to complete online courses from home, as well as many students not having the ability to return home without significant prior planning.


A second community meeting was held this month for the proposed Triplett Valley Trail project, and the meeting’s facilitator says ideas are continuing to grow.

   Jess Lawrence gave an update during this month’s Morehead new cities meeting.  She says the large group that was present at the first meeting in July has since broken up to focus on particular areas of the project.

Lawrence also says the group is waiting to hear an update on a $250-thousand-dollar Recreational Trails Program grant.  Final word on that should be known by October.

Knapp Avenue Logging

Aug 14, 2019

The city of Morehead will be hiring legal council regarding a logging project on Knapp Avenue.

The council made the motion after a packed city council meeting last (Monday) night.  Many residents of Knapp and surrounding streets attended the meeting to voice concerns on the logging which they believe is contributing significantly to recent flooding in that area.  Sandy Gullet is one of the residents who addressed the meeting.  She talked about an incident she had with a worker at the site after she took a picture from a neighbor’s yard

Kentucky Atlas Gazetter

The following are the unofficial results for the midterm election in Morgan County as provided by the Kentucky Board of Elections.  This story will be updated as  precincts continue to report in.

US Representative 5th Congressional District

Harold 'Hal' Rogers: 3,077 Votes

Kenneth S. Stepp: 1,152 Votes

(12 of 12 Precincts Reporting)

State Representative 97th District

Bobby W. McCool: 1,943 Votes

Craig Lindon:  2,396 Votes

(12 of 12 Precincts Reporting)

Kentucky Atlas Gazetter

The following are the unofficial results for the midterm election in Bath County as provided by the Kentucky Board of Elections.  This story will be updated as  precincts continue to report in.

US Representative:  6th Congresional District

Andy Barr:  2,768 Votes

Amy McGrath:  1,776 Votes

Frank Harris:  32 Votes

Rikka L. Wallin:  16 Votes

James Germalic:  12 Votes

(12 of 12 Precincts Reporting)

State Representative, 72nd Representative District

Matthew R. Koch:  1,856 Votes

Grimes visits Morehead

Oct 10, 2018
Tanner Boyd

          Kentucky’s Secretary of State made a stop in Morehead Wednesday to promote the second annual Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl.

Allison Lundergan-Grimes appeared alongside local officials and members of the Kentucky Association of Food Banks at the God’s Pantry Food Bank warehouse.  The Bowl is a competition between county offices to collect funds and non-perishable food items for the KAFB. Grimes says her efforts toward hunger relief are not a new thing.


            A long running music festival at Carter Caves is making its return this week.

            The Fraley Festival of Traditional Music has been going on for over 50-years, and features folk, old-time, western, swing and early country music. 

Coy Ainsley is a Carter Caves Park Naturalist.  He says the gathering is unique in the sense that there really isn’t a headliner.

Leeann Akers


         As construction draws to a close on the new Rowan County Detention Center, local officials are getting ready for opening day.

            Rowan County Jailer Wes Coldiron spoke to the Fiscal Court during its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday.  Coldiron is looking forward to the event.

            Coldiron adds inmate transportation to the new facility will begin July 23rd.  Morehead State University is slated to take control of the old jail facility on July 31st. 

The Morehead News

Some popular Morehead events could face funding issues this year.  

That’s according to Tony Pence, the Executive Director of Downtown Morehead, Inc.  Pence spoke before the Fiscal Court during its monthly meeting Tuesday.

Pence says recently announced cuts from the Morehead Tourism Commission mean his organization will be looking for alternative funding sources for events like the annual antique mall and hometown holidays.

Splash Pad Hits Snag

Jul 11, 2018

The city of Morehead’s proposed splash pad at the Don Greenhill City Park could be delayed.

The city moved forward with getting bids on the project after receiving engineer estimates during its meeting Monday.

Councilman Tom Carew says the bids weren’t what was expected.

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An annual workshop aimed at teaching students about photojournalism will be taking place in the Mason County community later this month.

The ‘Picture Kentucky Workshop Series’ will have participants aiming their lenses at residents and businesses to capture stories as a learning tool.  David Stephenson is in charge of the program.  He says there’s a lot more to the event than making photographs.

Thanks to a partnership between the University of Kentucky and a Georgetown mine, students are getting a rare opportunity to make some real noise in the industry. Tanner Boyd has more on the story…