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MSPR Announces Special Programming During June to Celebrate WMKY’s 50th Anniversary


Morehead State Public Radio has announced a series of special programs to help celebrate WMKY’s 50th anniversary.

During the month of June, MSPR has scheduled several vintage programs from their archives highlighting live music recorded in the region. The special programs will air from 7pm to 10pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 2 through 25.

“We’re showcasing the region’s rich musical heritage with a series of historic live performances, recorded and produced by WMKY through the years,” said Paul Hitchcock, MSPR general manager. “We’re very excited to offer these rare programs once again as we celebrate fifty years of WMKY’s service to the region.”

On June 15, 1965, WMKY debuted with a 4 hour broadcast day operating at 10 watts from the Combs Building. In 1970, WMKY increased to 50,000 watts and increased to a 12 hour broadcast day. In 1972, the station began operating in stereo. In 1999, the station moved to broadcasting twenty-four hours a day.

Today, WMKY is the flagship station for Morehead State Public Radio, which broadcasts to more than twenty counties throughout eastern Kentucky through WMKY, a translator in Inez and online.

MSPR’s studios are located at 132 Breckinridge Hall at Morehead State University. More information is available by calling (606) 783-2001.

MSPR June 2015 Special Programming Schedule

June 2 – Americana Crossroads Live

  • 7:00pm – Atwater-Donnelly, Greg Trooper, Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain
  • 8:00pm – John Lilly, Tim O’Brien
  • 9:00pm – Jeff Barbara and Sarah Pirkle, Adrienne Young and Little Sadie

June 4 – Americana Crossroads Live

  • 7:00pm – Mother Jane, Tracy Grammer, James Reams & The Barnstormers
  • 8:00pm – Royal Pine, Kentucky Wild Horse, Reagan Boggs
  • 9:00pm – Hazel Holler Band, Lewis and Donna Lamb, Denice Franke

June 9 – Appalachian Celebration

  • 7:00pm – White Horse String Band, Dowden Sisters, J.P. Fraley, Mule Band
  • 8:00pm – Homer Ledford & Cabin Creek Band
  • 9:00pm – Bluegrass Strangers

June 11 – Appalachian Celebration

  • 7:00pm – C. Roger Lewis & Friends
  • 8:00pm – Andy Carlson and Sandy Knipp
  • 9:00pm – The Corndrinkers

June 16 – Folkfest

  • 7:00pm – Caney Creek, Jennifer Rose, Rob McNurlin, Sweetwater
  • 9:00pm – Pale, Stout & Amber, Mary Phillips, Beau Haddock

June 18 – Bluegrass At The MAC

  • 7:00pm – Kentucky Mountain Grass and Lonesome River Band
  • 8:00pm – The Freighthoppers and IIIrd Tyme Out
  • 9:00pm – Dave Evans and Riverbend

June 23 – Americana Crossroads Live

  • 7:00pm – Lee Murdock, Ulster Scots Folk Orchestra, Cliff Eberhardt
  • 8:00pm – David Massengill, John Cephas and Phil Wiggins
  • 9:00pm – Kentucky Memories, Rusted Clay, Don Rigsby & Midnight Call

June 25 – Americana Crossroads Live

  • 7:00pm – Ten Penny Bit, Reel World String Band, Dean Osborne & Eastbound
  • 8:00pm – Paul Thorn, Fairfield Four
  • 9:00pm – Leigha Knipp, Sasha Colette & Last Date, Tommy Webb Band
Greg Jenkins has been the Operations Director at MSPR since 1999. Greg is a 1996 graduate of Morehead State University with a BME in Music Education and received a Masters of Science in Industrial Technology in 2008. Greg oversees training, scheduling, and evaluation of the student board operator staff, preparation of the daily traffic logs and serves as weekday classical music host. He is also the webmaster of the MSPR website and maintains MSPR's webstreaming and podcasting.