WUKY, WMKY Form News Partnership Covering Central and Eastern Kentucky
WUKY (91.3 FM), Kentucky’s oldest public radio station at the University of Kentucky has reached an agreement with Morehead State Public Radio’s WMKY (90.3 FM), to exclusively exchange news stories and features produced in their respective newsrooms.
The partnership, which officially began July 21, is expected to enhance coverage of Central and Eastern Kentucky issues.
“When you talk about Eastern Kentucky, no station does a better job of covering the region than WMKY in Morehead,” said WUKY News Director Alan Lytle. “I’m elated to bring the award-winning reporting of MSPR to our regional audience.”
“Our goal for the past several years has been to expand and extend the WUKY newsroom,” said WUKY General Manager Tom Godell. “By forging this historic partnership, we’re able to add two more seasoned broadcast journalists — Dan Conti and Chuck Mraz — to our team and provide exceptional coverage of news from Eastern Kentucky to our Lexington audience.”
"WUKY has a long history of providing the highest quality of news and information to the people of Central Kentucky,” said Paul Hitchcock, MSPR general manager. "WMKY is excited to partner with WUKY to expand on our ability to serve the listeners in Eastern Kentucky."
Godell said comprehensive coverage of Eastern Kentucky’s unique challenges is an essential part of moving the entire state forward.
“The recent 50th anniversary of President Johnson’s War on Poverty has focused increased national attention on Appalachia," Godell said. "WUKY’s partnership with WMKY will enable both stations to report more thoroughly on this region, and we hope over time to be joined by other public radio stations in Kentucky and West Virginia who care about the many issues facing the people of Appalachia.”
“As the SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) discussions develop, the partnership between WMKY and WUKY will enhance our resources to focus on the key issues of Appalachia including education, employment, environment, health and wellness, tourism and transportation,” Hitchcock said.
The WUKY-WMKY partnership includes a variety of broadcast and online news content including daily spot news stories and in-depth feature reporting.