Josh James

Reporter / Webmaster

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now known as Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and Program Director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.

In 2003, he joined WUKY as a part-time reporter and weekend announcer. He's earned several awards from the Kentucky Associated Press, including Best Radio Documentary in 2005. An avid music fan raised on The Beatles and British Invasion rock, James also enjoyed a stint in the programming department, hosting WUKY's Rock & Roots from 11-1 pm weekdays.  He currently works as a reporter and webmaster for the station. When he's off duty, James enjoys songwriting, philosophy, and kicking back with his cat, Brooklyn.

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Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul made the jump to presidential candidate last week – and now he’s making the leap to the comic book page.

Josh James / WUKY

It’s not every day the head of the National Endowment for the Arts strolls through your neighborhood, but that’s just what residents along North Limestone witnessed Monday.

The director of White House Office of National Drug Control Policy traveled to Northern Kentucky this week for a roundtable discussion on heroin. And the meeting highlighted shortcomings in the state’s efforts to get addicts into treatment.

Josh James / WUKY

A University of Kentucky alumnus who recently took home one of the five coveted winning spots in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions returned to his alma mater Thursday to offer students a few lessons on making their voices heard.


Republican Party leaders in Kentucky are sounding optimistic about Rand Paul’s odds in the GOP presidential primary – even though questions remain about how the candidate will appear on ballots in the Commonwealth.

On our first web episode, we talk with Jay McCoy, general manager of Lexington's Morris Book Shop about newly-minted Kentucky poet laureate George Ella Lyon, a novel with a soundtrack, and another title described by one reviewer as "a book that comes at you like doom."

In one more potential sign of a rebounding local economy, Mayor Jim Gray outlined an ambitious spending plan Tuesday that he argues is only possible because of prudent investments made by previous councils.


And then there were two. U.S. Sen. Rand Paul became the second high-profile Republican to enter the 2016 presidential race Tuesday.

The Lexington Fire Department is one of only two departments in the state testing out a new piece of EMS equipment designed to control severe bleeding in seconds.

Poised to make his 2016 presidential run official Tuesday in Louisville, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul rolled out the carpet early this week with a video dubbed “A Different Kind of Republican.”