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Tourism accounts for more than 11 billion dollars of revenue annually for the state of Kentucky, and this week on the Business Side WUKY's Alan Lytle talks with Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Mike Berry. He says Kentucky has launched a multi-prong approach to bring more visitors and their money back to the commonwealth.…
 
For the last decade and a half an important part of Juneteenth activities in Lexington involves a ceremony at African Cemetery #2 on East Seventh Street, which contains the graves of more than a hundred military veterans; some of them are former slaves who served in the U.S. Colored Troops of the American Civil War. WUKY's Alan Lytle recently spoke…
 
For the first time in its history the University of Kentucky will recognize Juneteenth as a campus-wide holiday this Friday. June 19 th has become a significant date on the calendar, particularly for African Americans, and for some perspective on Juneteenth’s impact WUKY's Alan Lytle recently spoke with noted historian Dr. George C. Wright; he’s th…
 
The Field is set for the 147 th running of the Kentucky Derby and Essential Quality, has been installed as the morning line, 2 to 1 favorite. It’s been thirty years since a Bluegrass Stakes winner (Strike the Gold 1991) has triumphed on the First Saturday in May but could it happen this year? Joining us to talk all things Derby are two representati…
 
The Kentucky Historical Society and WUKY are back with another episode of 120: Common Threads of Kentucky History. This week we discover and discuss a number of unique stories tied to Kentucky's role in the Civil War. We talk with Amy Murrell Taylor, associate professor of history at the University of Kentucky about her book, Embattled Freedom; Jou…
 
As we continue to inch toward that 2.5 million vaccine goal in Kentucky, which will bring about a loosening of COVID restrictions, spring is usually a time when we see ramped up social activity, with that thought in mind WUKY's Alan Lytle recently spoke with Mary Quinn Ramer, the president of VisitLex about lessons learned from 2020 and what to exp…
 
Over the years it’s had many names: “Gunntown,” “Kinkeadtown,” and “Goodloetown,” and thanks to the talented and driven Black professionals in Lexington’s East End neighborhood, it was also a center for creation and growth for the horse racing industry in Kentucky. Now, Keeneland and the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation are teaming up on …
 
Last week on Capitol Chat WUKY's Alan Lytle and Kentucky Gazette editor and publisher Laura Cullen Glasscock discussed 3 major accomplishments, mainly bipartisan, of the recently concluded Legislative Session. Today they look at the flip side of that coin, the partisan battles between GOP lawmakers and constitutional officers versus the gubernatori…
 
As more people get their COVID-19 vaccines, we’re starting to see more of them dip their proverbial toes back into the social waters – while also maintaining the necessary masking and social distancing protocols. Such was the case recently for me and five of my friends who, as it turned out like dozens of others, teamed up to ramble through the str…
 
In 1880, forty-three women walked into the president's office at the University of Kentucky and signed the student register, becoming the first female students at a public college in the commonwealth. But gaining admittance was only the beginning. WUKY wraps up our salute to Women's History Month with a conversation with Terry L. Birdwhistell and D…
 
The GOP dominated Kentucky General Assembly is now in recess after passing a flurry of bills last week, some will earn the Democrat governor’s signature, while others will garner his veto. And lawmakers certainly aren’t done yet with this year’s session with several pieces of legislation still in play. For some analysis on Capitol Chat we turn once…
 
The Aviation Museum of Kentucky in Lexington is home to the Kentucky Aviation Hall Of Fame where more than a dozen women have been enshrined. WUKY's Alan Lytle recently took a trip to the museum and talked with long-time board secretary Marty Schadler. Special thanks to Marty and operations manager Hunter Moore for the museum tour.…
 
If you listen closely you can almost hear the clock ticking down on this year's legislative session. This week on Capitol Chat WUKY's Alan Lytle and Kentucky Gazette editor and publisher Laura Cullen Glasscock discuss several bills that are on the fast track to the governor's desk and others that are still languishing in committee.…
 
As part of our salute to Women’s History Month WUKY's Alan Lytle recently spoke with UK History Professor Melanie Beals Goan about her new book, “A Simple Justice – Kentucky Women Fight for the Vote," which chronicles the many high profile and unsung heroes of the suffrage movement. Not surprisingly much of that discussion centered around the compl…
 
For years, people from all over the world have been coming to Ashland the Henry Clay Estate to learn more about the 19 th century politician known to history as the Great Compromiser. But starting in 2020 they’ve also been exposed to the not so virtuous side of this famous Kentuckian. Henry Clay – Popular Statesman AND Slaveholder. Traces is the on…
 
In 2018 the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park opened Black Horsemen of the Kentucky Turf , a permanent exhibit to celebrate the forgotten contributions of African Americans to the horse industry in Kentucky. Some three years later a companion interactive website, Chronicle of African Americans in the Horse Industry , has …
 
The Kentucky General Assembly resumes its 30 day session Tuesday with a very long to-do list. Last month the GOP controlled legislature passed a flurry of bills, some of which have already been vetoed by Democrat Governor Andy Beshear. So what can we expect in the coming weeks even as the state continues to grapple with vaccine shortages, case coun…
 
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