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.

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UK President Eli Capilouto led the effort to obtain a five year $2.5M National Science Foundation grant to improve diversity in STEM education. He explains on this edition of UK Perspectives.

This week, UK President Eli Capilouto stops by the WUKY studios to provide us with an update on the legislative session that concluded on Wednesday at midnight.

Jennifer Rice, Director of Composition for Writing, Rhetoric & Digital Studies, and her PhD student Craig Crowder discuss UK’s Spring Writing Gallery, a showcase for the best non-fiction writing at the university. This year’s gallery includes videos, podcasts and more traditional essays at

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Our guest Melanie Matson of UK’s VIP Center gives us a preview of this year’s Take Back the Night rally and march. The event takes place on Wednesday, March 26. You can find more info at

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This week we talk with Dr. Nancy Cox, the new dean of the College of Agriculture, Food & Environment. We discuss the significance of the college’s recent name change and her plans for its future.

A chat with Eric Monday, UK’s Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration. We discuss the potential for public/private partnerships for dining services, plans for the continued revitalization of campus housing, and Monday’s priorities for the future.

On January 23, 2014, the Carnegie Center in Lexington inducted seven new members into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame.

Diving Into Afrofuturism

Feb 13, 2014

A new course at UK examines the concept of Afrofuturism.

Rebecca Caudill is the Hall of Fame's first children's author. She was born in 1899 in Harlan County, the daughter of two teachers, and she became one herself. She did not publish her first book until she was 44 years old. But from then until her death in 1985, she wrote 21 more books. Many of them focused on pioneer life in Appalachia. In 1949, her middle-grade book, Tree of Freedom, was a Newberry Honor Book; 15 years later, her picture book, A Pocketful of Cricket was a Caldecott Honor Book. She spent much of her adult life in Illinois, where they now give an annual Award in her name for the most popular middle-grad book, as voted on by the kids. She once said: "The first essential in any book is that it have something significant to say. A good book sticks to your ribs."

This week a preview of UK’s 25th annual Economic Outlook Conference which will be held at the Lexington Convention Center on Tuesday February 11th.