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 Subsplash Page

Better Life Church and its former youth pastor are the subject of civil suit regarding alleged sexual misconduct.

Court documents show three plaintiffs have come forward in the suit seeking punitive damages.  It alleges several complaints, including sexual harassment, sexual discrimination, retaliation and negligence.  The former youth pastor, 28-year-old Jacob Steagall, was charged in September for indecent exposure:  a Class B misdemeanor.

Downtown Morehead Inc.

Downtown Morehead Incorporated is continuing to promote local businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The organization is currently in the midst of the 2020 Shop Small Morehead Holiday Raffle.  Along with some donations, DMI purchased gift certificates from several Morehead businesses, which will be raffled off as prizes starting next month. 

Morehead, Ky City Government Facebook Page

A longtime public servant in Rowan County was honored during Monday’s Morehead City Council Meeting.

Rowan County Board of Education

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the Commonwealth and Rowan County, Rowan school officials are unable to say when students may be able to return to in-person classes.

Gateway District Health Department
GDHD Facebook Page

Now months into the COVID-19 pandemic, public health officials are reminding individuals of the current accepted contagion protocols for the virus.

Guidelines for exposure say if a person was within six feet of an individual with the virus for a cumulative of 15 minutes in an hour, that person must now quarantine for 14 days to see if the exposure results in developing the virus themselves. 

Tanner Boyd

These are the pending results for the 2020 General Election in Rowan County.  Election results will not be final until after all ballots are counted, including those mailed before 6 p.m. on election day. 

Additional mail in ballots that were mailed before 6 pm today will be counted once they are received by the Rowan County Clerk.

President and Vice President of the United States

Donald Trump/Mike Pence:  5,989

Joe Biden/Kamala Harris:  3,873

Jo Jorgensen/Jeremy Cohen:  137

Kanye West/Michell Tidball:  31

Rowan County Board of Education

The Rowan County School District is moving forward with plans to return to in-person learning this month.

Rowan Superintendent John Maxey says he’s been in several meetings with teachers, principals and administrators in preparation for the 21st.  In addition to work on the district’s end, Maxey says the new organizational dashboard developed between the Rowan County Fiscal Court, Saint Claire Healthcare and the Gateway District Health Department will go a long way as students make their way back to school buildings.

Tanner Boyd

The company set to open a massive indoor farm in Rowan County next month has provided a major addition for AgTech students at Rowan County Senior High School.

Morehead, Ky City Government Facebook Page

Morehead’s City Council voted to make some adjustments to their real and personal property tax rates for fiscal year 2020 Monday night.

Council voted against the second reading of an ordinance that would have set the real property rate at 31.8 cents per $100 of assessed value and the personal property rate at 52.25 cents per $100 of assessed value.  That’s below the compensatory rate of 34 cents and 56.47 cents respectively.

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Students at Rowan County Senior High School now have a clearer picture of what things will look like if they choose to return to in-person learning this month.

Morehead Parks and Recreation

Say Boo to Drugs will be missed this season, but 2020 will now serve as the inaugural year for two new Halloween activities in Morehead.

The City of Morehead’s Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a drive-thru pumpkin glow at the City Park on Halloween from 7:00pm-9:30pm.  Children and adults in the community are asked to carve pumpkins which will be lit up for display throughout the park that evening. 

Rowan County Clerk's Office

The Rowan County Clerk’s Office has finalized plans for early voting and Election Day in the county.

There will be three weeks of early voting beginning Tuesday Ocober 13th.  Rowan County Clerk Elwood Caudill Jr. says while there will be multiple locations available for voting on Election Day, all early in-person voting will take place at the Carl Perkins Center.

Rowan County Board of Education

The Rowan County Board of Education has voted on a return to school plan for students in the district.

The board voted Wednesday night to begin offering an in-person learning option in the county on October 21st. There are several adjustments being made as students return to school buildings.

            The former Student Pastor of Better Life Church accused of exposing himself to multiple individuals has been arraigned.

            Attorney Ben Shields with the firm White, Peck, Carrington entered a not guilty plea on behalf of his client Jacob Steagall Monday morning.  Steagall is charged 2nd degree indecent exposure:  a Class B misdemeanor. 

Shields waved Steagall’s formal arraignment before Rowan District Judge Willie Roberts.

Better Life Church

          The Lead Pastor of Better Life Church in Morehead has given a statement regarding the investigation of alleged sexual misconduct involving the church’s former youth leader.

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.