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 Reporter in 2014 and 2016. 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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Taking a page from President Obama’s playbook, Gov. Steve Beshear is raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour for some state employees through executive order. Beshear signed the order Monday during a ceremony at the Kentucky Horse Park.


Lexington officials are promising a week’s worth of festivities surrounding the 2015 Breeder’s Cup World Championships – set to take over Keeneland this October for the first time in the racetrack’s history.

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The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Lexington a $200,000 grant to go toward cleanup at the old Fayette County Courthouse. The funds are administered through what’s called the EPA Brownfields Program, which aims to help communities rid properties of contaminates so they can be repurposed.


Health officials have delivered a preliminary plan for a needle-exchange program to the Lexington-Fayette Board of Health.

The beginning of pool season in Lexington hasn’t exactly gone swimmingly, but officials say the technical problems keeping some facilities closed should be resolved soon.

Lexington’s next city budget is beginning to take shape. Tuesday, he Urban County Council made some provisional changes to Mayor Jim Gray’s $323 million dollar spending plan.


Music lovers in Eastern Kentucky and around the world are remembering the woman known as the “Mother of Folk.”


The USA Freedom Act, a measure extending some elements of the controversial PATRIOT Act while ending bulk collection of phone data, passed Tuesday night without the support of Kentucky’s two leading Republicans. But Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul cast their no votes for very different reasons.

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If you’re thinking about a sight-seeing trip to Frankfort to visit the Kentucky Capitol building, you might hold off on those plans.

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Japanese electric wiring company Sumitomo has mapped out plans to expand its presence in Lexington.