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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Lexington, KY – Here's an actual item UK Libraries has uncovered from its digitizing newspapers project. This one from the Kentucky Gazette circa April 18, 1814. Listen every Monday afternoon at 12:06 for another installment of My Old Kentucky News.

Lexington, KY – A delightful tidbit from the April 11, 1885 edition of the Frankfort Roundabout.

It Needed No Doctor

Apr 4, 2011

Lexington, KY – WUKY and the University of Kentucky Libraries launches a new fun and informative weekly feature on Monday. "My Old Kentucky News" highlights actual items from vintage Kentucky newspapers.

Today's excerpt comes form the April 4, 1898 edition of the Maysville Evening Bulletin.

WEG Series (PRNDI)

Feb 24, 2011

LEXINGTON, Ky. – 2010 PRNDI Awards Entry - Series

Name: Brenna Angel
Station: WUKY-FM
Group: C
This series of stories covers many different aspects of the 2010 World Equestrian Games. For the first time in the event's history, the Games were held in the United States. Reporter Brenna Angel explored a variety of topics before, during, and after WEG.

OWENSBORO, Ky. – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Owensboro is asking an independent investigator to look into possible sexual abuse allegations posted on the Internet by a man who fatally shot himself at a church.

The diocese said in a statement Monday its own review board made that recommendation to Bishop William F. Medley after looking at the Facebook posting made by 23-year-old David M. Jarboe.

The statement said Jarboe's posting mentioned enduring pain as a result of sexual abuse in the church, possibly by a priest.

WASHINGTON – A federal agency says it will speed disaster assistance to Pike County in eastern Kentucky.

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan said Monday that the federal aid will help homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes following recent severe storms, flooding and mudslides.

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – Kentucky's historic State Capitol is now 100 years old. The limestone and marble building, which cost $1.8 million to construct, was dedicated on June 2, 1910.

David Buchta of Historic Properties is inviting Kentuckians to a centennial celebration on the capitol lawn Saturday.

Ky. House Passes Budget

May 26, 2010

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – A new biennial state budget is on its way to the Kentucky Senate. The House voted 94-4 for a compromise spending plan that cuts most state agency spending by 1.5 percent the first year, and one percent the second.

Former House budget chairman Harry Moberly voted yes, but lashed out Gov. Beshear for not taking a stronger stand on the version of the budget approved by the House during the regular session.

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FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – Richmond Rep. Harry Moberly wants Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to add charter schools to the agenda of the special session on the budget. On the session's first day, Moberly introduced a bill to that effect.

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – The 2nd legislative session of 2010 is off and running. Senate president David Williams sees no big problems with the Governor's compromise spending plan. Hoping to conclude the session before week's end, Williams says both chambers are working quickly on the budget."

"If we advance it forward it will show the intent of the senate to pass that bill without getting into any kind of situation that would be confrontational or disagreeable," said Williams.