Josh James

Reporter / Webmaster

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now 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 numerous awards from the Kentucky Associated Press, including Best Radio Reporter in 2014 and 2016. An avid music fan raised on British Invasion rock, Josh also enjoyed a stint in the programming department, hosting WUKY's Rock & Roots from 11-1 pm weekdays. He currently serves as a station reporter and webmaster.

When he's off duty, Josh enjoys songwriting, philosophy, and watching bad horror movies with his cat, Rufus.

Ways to Connect

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President Trump is meeting with his Nigerian counterpart, Muhammadu Buhari, today at the White House. The two leaders are discussing security and economic issues. They're also holding a press conference featuring two questions from American news outlets and two questions from Nigerian media.

Watch the event live and 1:30 p.m. Monday.

Pompeo And Circumstance

Apr 26, 2018
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The Senate has narrowly confirmed Mike Pompeo to be secretary of state – with the blessing of former holdout Rand Paul.

Josh James / WUKY

A Franklin Circuit judge has cleared Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear to move forward with his lawsuit challenging the state’s new pension law. Gov. Matt Bevin is seeking to disqualify Beshear over an alleged conflict of interest.

Alan Lytle / WUKY

Candidates in the crowded race to replace Lexington Mayor Jim Gray addressed public and school safety, growth, and affordable housing in a public forum Wednesday.

Erik Reece (August 2016)

Apr 25, 2018

Lora Smith (June 2016)

Apr 25, 2018

Hear the full 2018 Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame induction ceremony below.

The Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame announced its 2014 Hall of Fame class at an induction ceremony on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at the Carnegie Center. This is the second class to be inducted.

The seven new members of the 2014 Hall of Fame class were: children’s author Rebecca Caudill, best known for A Pocketful of Cricket and Tree of Freedom; University of Kentucky professor Thomas D. Clark, author of A History of Kentucky; novelist Janice Holt Giles, whose work focused on Kentucky historical fiction; James Baker Hall, a UK professor and Kentucky’s 2001 Poet Laureate; Affrilachian poet Etheridge Knight, whose work was strongly influenced by the Civil Rights Movement; Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk and one of the most prolific 20th century Catholic writers; and Jesse Stuart, known for his sonnets and focus on rural Appalachia.

Selections from their work were read during a one hour ceremony before a live audience by Marcia Thornton Jones, Dr. James Klotter, Katerina Stoykova-Klemer, Sarah Wylie VanMeter, Jude McPherson, Eric Reece & Georgia Green Stamper. Carnegie Center Director Neil Chethik served as Master of Ceremonies, providing the introductions for each writer and reader.

WUKY’s broadcast, which airs initially on March 1st at 2 pm was recorded by Chase Cavanaugh and produced by Tom Godell with assistance from Rusty Sharp. The program and this web page have been generously underwritten by our friends at the Morris Book Shop.