Alan Lytle

News Director

Bitten by the radio bug as a teenager, Alan Lytle got his start start more than 30 years ago volunteering in Clermont County, Ohio for WOBO-FM. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree  in Broadcasting from the University of Cincinnati and worked at a variety of radio stations in the Cincinnati market, then made the move to Lexington in the mid-1990s.

Lytle has served as WUKY News Director since 2002 and is the recipient of numerous Associated Press, CASE, and Communicator awards. He took home AP's Best Radio Anchor award in 2016. When not covering news, Lytle enjoys cheering on the Wildcats (and Bearcats) and tooling Lexington's streets and backroads in his snazzy 2011 Nissan Juke. He recently earned a Master’s degree in U.S. History from the University of Kentucky.

Ways to Connect

What makes Kentucky, Kentucky?  The Kentucky Historical Society is posing that essential question to people who attend one of their Kentucky@225 listening tour sessions.  The next one takes place this weekend at Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park.

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71 year old Dominic Martina says his is a quintessential American story; growing up in the cultural revolution of the 1960's, being drafted into the Vietnam War, coming out the closet as a gay Catholic Italian American, watching several of his friends die of AIDS in the 1980’s and 90’s, and after living much of his life in San Diego, returning to his boyhood home in Lexington.  In this part of his StoryCorps conversation Martina talks about what his life has been like since coming back to Kentucky.

Timber Still A Major Sector Of Kentucky's Economy

Jun 5, 2017
UK Now

This week on the Business Side WUKY's Alan Lytle talks with Lane Report Executive Editor Mark Green about Kentucky's timber industry which accounts for $9 to $14.5B annually. 

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This week on the Business Side WUKY's Alan Lytle gets a preview of this year's Alltech ONE Ideas Conference from company representative Susanna Elliott.

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It’s been 10 years since Jesse Higginbotham, a student at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School died in a car crash while on his way to class.  Since that time the school has kept his memory alive through scholarships and a memorial garden.  Jesse’s parents have also established the non-profit Jesse Higgenbotham Technology Trust – in an effort to continue the work their son was so passionate about.  Jesse’s father Jerome Higgenbotham recently stopped by the Lexington StoryCorps booth to share fond memories of his tech-savy son and to talk about Jesse’s legacy, which includes helping disadvantaged families bridge the digital divide.

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25 year old Alex Elswick has taken on many identities in his young life…over-achieving student, promising baseball player, college dropout, and later a drug dealer and recovering addict.  Alex talks with his mother Shelley Elswick about hitting rock bottom, the toll his addiction took on their family, and the long and rocky road to recovery.  Listen each Tuesday morning at 7:45 for Conversations From The Lexington StoryCorps Booth on 91.3 WUKY.

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This week on the Business Side WUKY's Alan Lytle talks with Lael Brainard, a Federal Reserve Governor who recently met with community development leaders in Eastern Kentucky including Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation, Mountain Association for Community Economic Development, also known as MACED, the Brushy Fork Institute, Berea College, as well as the Greater Clark Foundation in Winchester.  Brainard also shares her observations after visiting several innovative sites across the region.   She'll take those observations back to Washington to inform the Fed's monetary, supervisory, and regulatory policies.

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When was the last time you stopped to look at the world through the eyes of a child?  Spend the next few minutes listening to 12 year old Nathan Palley and his 10 year old sister Amanda and their recent conversation in the StoryCorps booth.  They take turns asking each other questions about their interests, books, and make believe scenarios.

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We begin our Story Corps series by hearing from one of Lexington’s more recent residents.  25 year old Abraham Ikando talks to his friend, Karissa Porter with Kentucky Refugee Ministries, about his journey as a Congolese refugee and how KRM helped him from feeling lost. In this excerpt Abraham talks about his passion for music, his friendship with Karissa, and how he still has hope for America in a time when refugees are vulnerable with the current administration.

Mary Todd Lincoln House

It may surprise you to know that former First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln had eight sisters and five brothers, many of them were rather colorful characters in their own right.  Now the restored Lexington childhood home of the famous Kentuckian is hosting an event focusing on the Todd siblings; themed tours called Rascals, Rebels, and Romantics.

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