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 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.

WKYT News Staff

A Morehead State police officer who was involved in a serious motorcycle crash earlier this year is gradually getting back in the swing of things. MSPR's Tanner Boyd has the story...

Morehead State Public Radio

The Morehead Railroad and Historical Museum opened this past Saturday. MSPR's Tanner Boyd was there...

Feature: B-52 Exhibit

May 12, 2016
The Aviation Museum of Kentucky

The Aviation Museum of Kentucky has unveiled a new exhibit. MSPR's Tanner Boyd has more...

Downtown Morehead Incorporated recently held a downtown clean-up. MSPR's Tanner Boyd was there...

Many people tend to have their own traditions when it comes to the Kentucky Derby, and a former Morehead State University student is aiming to keep his alive in honor of his late brother. MSPR’s Tanner Boyd has the story…

Guy Huffman and Tim Holbrook

Former President Bill Clinton made a campaign stop at Morehead State University yesterday. MSPR's Tanner Boyd has the story...

Larry DeHart - Morehead News

The groundbreaking for the new Rowan campus of the Maysville Community and Technical College took place last week. MSPR's Tanner Boyd was there...

Kentucky's first Republican caucus took place over the weekend, and MSPR's Tanner Boyd brings us a report on the area's experience.

Some students at Morehead State University are getting some unique opportunities in the field of music and sound engineering.  Morehead State Public Radio’s Tanner Boyd has the story.

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…

The Morehead Arts and Eats Festival took place for the third straight year this past weekend. MSPR's Tanner Boyd tells us how it went...


Ohio Free Press

A Morehead city directive that prohibits the unauthorized carrying of firearms by city employees must be deleted from the city’s Safety and Loss Prevention Policy.

Morehead Councilman Glenn Teager says that’s what the city has been told by state officials who say the rule is in conflict with Kentucky law.

Teager says he’s baffled by the ruling.

Rowan County citizens can now officially expect to see a 4% hike in their property taxes.

The increase passed the Rowan School Board last night on a 3-to-2 vote.  Superintendent Marvin Moore says the move will create about 304,000 new dollars for the district, but it won’t end his school system financial issues…

AK Steel To Pay Penalty

Aug 22, 2013
AK Steel

AK Steel Corporation will pay a 1.65 million-dollar civil penalty to resolve alleged violations of air pollution laws that occurred at its now-closed coke plant in Ashland.

The Ashland Independent reports the announcement was released by the Department of Justice and The Environmental Protection Agency yesterday. As part of a settlement reached between the company, the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the US Government, AK Steel will also spend at least 2 million-dollars on two projects to further reduce particulate matter emissions at its Ashland West Works facility.

Police Investigate Rowan Shooting

Aug 9, 2013

Kentucky State Police are investigating a shooting that wounded one man in Rowan County. The incident took place around 3:30p.m. on Thursday (August 8) at a home on Dry Creek Road.

63 year old Craig Doscher has been arrested and charged with assault. The victim, 39 year old Jamie Minix, was airlifted to UK Hospital in Lexington and is listed as being in ‘critical condition.’ Police are investigating the incident and events leading to the confrontation.

Martin County High School Closed

Aug 2, 2013
Sheldon Clark High School - Martin County Schools

The doors of the only high school in Martin County will remain closed this school year.

WYMT reports the school board voted Thursday night to close Sheldon Clark HS after concerns were raised that nearby blasting was too dangerous. Officials say it was not an easy decision, and it is getting mixed reactions from people in the community. Hundreds of people came supporting their school and supporting their kids.