Tom Godell

General Manager

Tom Godell has been the General Manager of WUKY since April 2004. Earlier in his career he served as Senior Producer with WBHM in Birmingham AL, Program Director of WLRH in Huntsville AL, and Associate Director of Broadcasting for Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He is a dog lover, cycling enthusiast, second baseman (willing to play anytime, anywhere), and music fanatic. His writings on music have appeared in the American Record Guide, Fanfare magazine, the All Music Guide, and RCA Records.

Ways to Connect


This week a conversation with StoryCorps Associate Director Jordan Bullard, who along with WUKY is bringing the StoryCorps MobileBooth to Lexington in March.

Our guest is Craig Borie with UK’s Shoulder to Shoulder Global, a little known UK unit within the University’s International Center that operates a year round health clinic in Santo Domingo Ecuador. Shoulder to Shoulder is one of this year’s beneficiaries of the ongoing Good Giving Challenge. This year’s Challenge supports 119 non-profits across Central Kentucky. Learn more at

UK Vice President of Philanthropy Mike Richey discusses the ways that individual donors can make a difference at the University of Kentucky.


UK Freshman Beau Revlett recently received a Clinton Global Initiative grant to maintain a garden at Arbor Youth Services in Lexington. Produce from the garden will help feed and raise money for the homeless children of Arbor Youth Services. Our guests are Beau and AYS Director Ginny Vicini.

This week on UK Perspectives Tom Godell talks with Tim Tracy, university provost about the proposed 2016-17 spending plan which is expected to be approved by the board of trustees next week.

We talk bugs with UK entomologist Jennie Condra (who also serves as the state’s nursery inspector) and graduate student Bernie Mach. Advice on how to keep your trees safe from ash borers and ways to attract beneficial insects like bees to your yard.

Digitizing the Past

Mar 20, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. - William Endres, a professor in UK’s Division of Writing, Rhetoric & Digital Media and Noah Adler, director of Research Computation and Application Development at UK discuss their effort to preserve and make accessible digital images of two rare manuscripts from the 8th and 15th centuries: the St. Chad Gospels and the Wycliffe New Testament. The project website is

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This week on UK Perspectives, we meet a remarkable young woman—a direct descendent of UK founder John Bryan Bowman. Charlotte Bowman Mayer is a freshman at UK. She tells us about her family’s many connections to the university, and her plans for the future.

The Future Of STEAM

Feb 27, 2015

Lexington’s STEAM Academy (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) opened in 2013. This unique collaboration between UK’s College of Education and Fayette County Public Schools offers high school students an innovative approach to education. Our guests, Academy Director Tina Stevenson and UK College of Education Professor Justin Bathon tell us about the program and provide a preview of its future.

Relationship Checkup

Feb 5, 2015
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Valentine’s Day is looming—and it’s a perfect time to start a new routine: your annual relationship checkup. On this edition of UK Perspectives, Ron Werner Wilson, chair of UK’s Department of Family Services, explains why you should schedule your free checkup now. Appointments may be scheduled between Monday February 9 and Tuesday February 17, including Valentine’s Day at the Family Center on the UK Campus. The Center will be closed on Sunday February 15. The appointment line is 257-7755.