Samantha Morrill

Maurice Conway

Maurice Conway is an Australian songwriter and singer visiting central Kentucky to perform some of his original songs. He's playing at the Richmond Area Arts Council January 4th at 7 p.m. He stopped by the WEKU studios to talk to Samantha Morrill about his music and life. 

Eastern Standard for December 5, 2019

Dec 5, 2019

A full 40 percent of the student body at Eastern Kentucky University is comprised of first generation students. WEKU reporters Stu Johnson, Samantha Morrill and Wendy Barnett join Tom Martin in exploring the challenges: from the concerns of families and the experience of being a stranger in a strange place, to arriving on campus from a foster care setting, or as a young parent. And, moving the four year degree to within reach of Appalachian youth. Plus, a fast track to a GED.

Contact: Tom Martin at or leave voicemail at 859-622-9358

VA Officials Discuss Getting Veterans Needed Services

Nov 11, 2019

There are many resources available to Veterans once they leave service, many of them are free. However, some programs and services depend on a single document, the DD-Form-214. The document is a complete record of service, including awards and honors, highest rank achieved and reason for discharge. The form is used by the VA when determining benefits, compensation, and eligibility for military funeral honors in VA cemeteries.

Berea Home Village

Berea Home Village connects senior citizens with volunteers who do tasks that allow them to remain independent longer. It is one of only two such organizations in the state. Volunteers drive members to appointments, the store and the doctor. They also perform simple tasks like changing a light bulb or helping to operate a television, phone or computer. Executive Director of Berea Home Village, Katie Heckman, said they are looking for more volunteers. Weku's Samantha Morrill spoke with Heckman about the southern Madison County program.

Today's Interview: Bruce Campbell

Sep 11, 2019
Mike Ditz

In Today's Interview, Wendy Barnett talks to Bruce Campbell about his new book Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor, Requiem for Ash Edition. He will be in Lexington for the 2019 Scarefest Horror Convention as the main headliner. 

In this extended interview, they talk about his role as Ash Williams from Evil Dead, other actors that he admires, and "lollygagging." 

EKU Food Pantry Helps Food-Insecure Students

Aug 29, 2019
Eastern Kentucky University

The Colonel's Cupboard is an Eastern Kentucky food pantry that offers free food, clothing and personal items to struggling students. The program was created after a campus-wide survey found that 1-in-6 students was food-insecure. Samantha Morrill talked to Dylan Bogard, Coordinator of Community Service and Colonel's Cupboard about why the program is needed on campus. 

Today's Interview: Richmond Library Expansion

Aug 21, 2019
Madison County Public Library /

Ruthie Maslin, Director of Madison County Public Libraries talked to Wendy Barnett about the grand opening of the expanded Richmond library. She discusses the future of libraries and how the Madison County library is staying ahead by embracing the digital age.

Battle of Richmond Association /

Phillip Seyfrit, Curator of the Battle of Richmond Visitor's Center was in the WEKU studios to talk about the upcoming Battle of Richmond Reenactment on Saturday and Sunday, August 24-25. In this extended conversation, he tells how the Civil War impacted Richmond, how the reenactors deal with the heat, and what you can expect as a spectator.

The Kentucky Nonprofit Network

The deadline to complete the 2020 Census is just around the corner.

The results of the Census determine how many federal dollars the state gets over the next ten years and impacts other state issues, like how many votes we get in the House of Representatives. With that in mind, Kentucky nonprofits are working to make sure that everyone gets counted. Samantha Morrill talked to Danielle Clore, Executive Director of the Kentucky Nonprofit Network, about the Count Me In Kentucky Nonprofit Coalition. 


The Henry Clay Memorial Foundation

The Henry Clay Estate in Lexington is expanding its offerings by adding an African American History Tour. Slavery was a big issue during Clay's time as a statesman and lawyer. Organizers said Clay bought at least 60 slaves in his life and likely owned more.

Eastern Standard for August 8, 2019

Aug 8, 2019

A critical shortage of carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and other talents in the skilled trades. AppHarvest begins construction of a 60-acre greenhouse near Morehead. Historian Richard Bailey on the works of Kentucky writer Wendell Berry. Will the arrival of a vintage steam locomotive bring prosperity to Ravenna? Scuba diving safety with Great Outdoors guru Chris Begley.

Contact: Tom Martin at or leave voicemail at 859-622-9358

Nancy O'Malley

Archaeologist and author Nancy O'Malley visited the WEKU studios to talk about her findings when excavating Fort Boonesborough and her new book Boonesborough Unearthed: Frontier Archeaology at a Revolutionary Fort.

Kerrie Adkins

A group of people from Richmond, Kentucky and surrounding towns banded together to raise money and feed the miners affected by the BlackJewel Mining bankruptcy.

Chris Ward of Lexington and Dr. Carl Root, a professor at Eastern Kentucky University tells WEKU about the experience.

Wendy Barnett / WEKU-FM

Red Barn Radio kicks off Season 18 this fall with a variety of musicians from Kentucky. In this interview, Executive Producer Ed Commons tells us what's in store for the new season. He also shares the history of Red Barn Radio: how it began and his passion for music in Kentucky. 

Appalachian Arts Alliance

The Appalachian Arts Alliance is close to opening the doors on their ArtStation in downtown Hazard. The space will be used for arts education and creating all kinds of art, music and dance. Samantha Morrill talked to Appalachian Arts Alliance Executive Director Jake East about the project and how it will benefit the community.  

Angela Yannelli

The Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence has a new CEO in Angela Yannelli. Yannelli worked at the organization for 15 years before leaving for a position in the federal government. Now that She has returned to lead the KCADV, she has goals for the organization's future. Samantha Morrill talked to Yannelli about her goals and the future of the organization's programs as lawmakers in Frankfort considered Gov. Matt Bevin's pension reform bill.

The U.S. Women's Soccer Team won the World Cup this week. It is their fourth World Cup victory. WEKU's Samantha Morrill talked to Eastern Kentucky University Soccer Team's Assistant Coach, Morgan Ferrara, about the future of the sport in Kentucky and how the win might inspire young women.

Heather Watson

The Whippoorwill Festival is bringing more than 75 workshops to Beattyville July 19-21.

The workshops range from homesteading and natural medicine, to handicrafts and storytelling.

WEKU's Samantha Morrill talked to two festival volunteers about how the festival comes together each year. Listen to this interview with Melissa Calhoun and Ben Ibershoff.

On The Verge Theater

Actress Rachel Lee Rogers and Actor Kevin Hardesty visited WEKU's studio to talk about the follow up to A Doll's House Part 1. They share what makes this play relevant today and give us a sneak peak at an intense scene. 

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Menonite Central Committee Appalachia's Sharing With Appalachian People program brings volunteers to southeastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia to repair homes for low-income families and individuals. Program Coordinators Keith and Charlene Barr talked to WEKU's Samantha Morrill about the relationships that are formed between volunteers and the people they are helping.

Amanda Cain / EKU

Eastern Kentucky University's President Michael Benson was selected on May 31 to represent the Ohio Valley Conference on the NCAA Division I Presidential Forum. President Benson tells WEKU about the role of the forum, issues the forum will address, and why a good education will always be important. 

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On the Move Art Studio is a mobile art trailer that travels throughout Kentucky in a 1969 Streamliner. Founders Josh Nadzam and Kathy Werking combine their social work and artistic backgrounds to bring free art classes to schools, libraries, underprivileged neighborhoods, and juvenile detention centers. Nadzam tells WEKU how it all got started and where they'll be popping up this year. 

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As the Lexington Philharmonic nears it's 2019-2020 season, Executive Director Allison Kaiser and General Manager Sarah Thrall tells WEKU about the process to find a new Conductor, a few variations on the format of the performances, and their favorite holiday traditions. 

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Kentucky Power

As the summer storm season approaches, Kentucky Power's Allison Barker advises to get ahead of the storm and plan in advance. Barker tells WEKU what to do before the emergency situations occur.

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Today's Interview: PlayThink Founder Paige Hankla

Jun 6, 2019
Erica Chambers Photography

PlayThink founder Paige Hankla tells WEKU about the upcoming festival starting on June 12 in Harrodsburg. Celebrating family, movement, and creativity, PlayThink encourages learning new skills through movement in an alcohol and drug-free environment.

Berea Arena Theater

Berea Arena Theater will perform one last time in the U.S. Forestry Building. In part two of their interview, Eddie Kennedy and Fred Kolloff tell WEKU how their partnership began and what the future holds.

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Berea Arena Theater is closing its doors following their last performance of Noel and Reb. In this two-part interview, WEKU's Wendy Barnett sits down with Eddie Kennedy and Fred Kolloff about why the theater is closing and what lies ahead. 

Kentucky State Parks Foundation

The White Hall State Historic Site in Richmond, Kentucky is gaining a National Votes for Women Trail Marker honoring Mary Barr Clay. Marsha Weinstein is the President of the National Collaborative for Women's History Sites. WEKU's Samantha Morrill talked to Weinstein about the life and legacy of Mary Barr Clay.


Jackie Couture

Eastern Kentucky University’s Department of Special Collections and Archives is holding an event to help people archive and preserve their family mementos. The event will include training sessions on how to preserve photos, letters, books, scrapbooks and other possessions. WEKU's Samantha Morrill talked to Team Leader Jackie Couture about the event and some of the interesting items already in the archives.

Courtesy of Randy Fisher and Frank Kees



As Memorial Day is observed on Monday, American Legion Department of Kentucky Service Officer, Randy Fisher tells WEKU that Memorial Day is for honoring the fallen soldiers who served our country. He talked to WEKU’s Wendy Barnett.

Frank Kees is the Director of the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North East. He told WEKU’s Samantha Morrill about the cemetery, and how people can pay their respects and support Kentucky’s Veterans Cemeteries.