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.

Ways to Connect

WUKY's “Voice of Pride” Karaoke Contest

WUKY will host a Karaoke Contest during the 2016 Lexington Pride Festival!!!

Participants will perform one song in front of a panel of judges at Preliminary auditions located around Downtown Lexington....  The finalists from the preliminaries will perform on the Main Stage at the Pride Festival from 4:45pm-5:00pm on Saturday, June 25th 2016.  


June 6th – The Bar:  224 E. Main St., Lexington, KY KY (Sign-ups 8-9pm, Contest 9-10pm)

Associated Press

Last week, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin announced his decision to join 11 other states in challenging the Obama administration’s new school guidelines for transgender student accommodations – and criticized Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear for not taking action.

Josh James / WUKY

Attorney General Andy Beshear is taking a Scott County Cemetery owner to court over alleged violations of the state’s Consumer Protection Act.

Josh James / WUKY

First responders and emergency units from a 17 county region gathered in Lexington last week to showcase their equipment and response plans should the alarm bells sound.

Associated Press

Gov. Matt Bevin has announced his administration's intent to join the multi-state lawsuit challenging President Obama's new guidelines outlining accommodation expectations for transgender students.

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Up to 75 layoffs are expected at the University of Kentucky as the institution embarks on a “realignment” affecting several departments.

Samantha Lederman / WUKY

The shakeup continues at the Kentucky Horse Park as the newly-reconstituted park commission chooses a new executive director.

Associated Press / Samantha Lederman

The views at the Kentucky Horse Park may be picturesque, but a peek behind the scenes reveals an ongoing political tug-of-war over the venue’s leadership. WUKY’s Josh James and Samantha Lederman take a look at two conflicting images of the Central Kentucky tourist attraction.

Josh James / WUKY

Years in the making, Lextran’s new headquarters officially welcomed its first visitors Wednesday.