Alan Lytle

News Director

Bitten by the radio bug as a teenager, Alan Lytle got his start start more than 30 years ago volunteering in Clermont County, Ohio for WOBO-FM. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree  in Broadcasting from the University of Cincinnati and worked at a variety of radio stations in the Cincinnati market, then made the move to Lexington in the mid-1990s.

Lytle has served as WUKY News Director since 2002 and is the recipient of numerous Associated Press, CASE, and Communicator awards. He took home AP's Best Radio Anchor award in 2016. When not covering news, Lytle enjoys cheering on the Wildcats (and Bearcats) and tooling Lexington's streets and backroads in his snazzy 2011 Nissan Juke. He recently earned a Master’s degree in U.S. History from the University of Kentucky.

Ways to Connect

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As we continue to inch toward that 2.5 million vaccine goal in Kentucky, which will bring about a loosening of COVID restrictions, spring is usually a time when we see ramped up social activity, with that thought in mind WUKY's Alan Lytle recently spoke with Mary Quinn Ramer, the president of VisitLex about lessons learned from 2020 and what to expect going forward post-pandemic.

Aviation Museum Of Kentucky

An important part of World War II History wings its way into Lexington this weekend. The Douglas C-47 Skytrain aircraft called THAT’S ALL, BROTHER!, which led the airborne invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, is visiting the Aviation Museum of Kentucky at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, April 9- 11.

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This week on WUKY's Capitol Chat Alan Lytle and Kentucky Gazette editor and publisher Laura Cullen Glasscock discuss three major issues Kentucky Lawmakers tackled in the 2021 Legislative Session.

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March 2021 marks the 60th anniversary of the start of the Peace Corps and in this latest edition of WUKY's award winning history series Saving Stories, Doug Boyd with the Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries shares audio from a Kentuckian who was one of the program's earliest participants. Angene Hopkins Wilson and her then fiancee Jack Hopkins got accepted into the program and in 1962 were sent to Liberia. Angene talks about what happened next.

Composite of reports by WUKY anchor and general assignment reporter Karyn Czar in 2020.

Ashland The Henry Clay Estate

For years, people from all over the world have been coming to Ashland the Henry Clay Estate to learn more about the 19th century politician known to history as the Great Compromiser. But starting in 2020 they’ve also been exposed to the not so virtuous side of this famous Kentuckian. Henry Clay – Popular Statesman AND Slaveholder.  Traces is the only known guided Slavery tour in the entire state. WUKY's Alan Lytle recently took the tour and he files this report.


Nunn Center for Oral History

It’s Black History Month, and in this edition of WUKY's award winning history program Saving Stories Alan Lytle and Nunn Center for Oral History Director Doug Boyd revisit what it was like for African American students shortly after Lyman T. Johnson successfully desegregated the state’s flagship university; particularly the classroom dynamic for these young people. Lincoln County native George Logan, one of the first African American students to attend UK talks about the racism he encountered back in 1951.

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WUKY's award winning history program Saving Stories highlights the accomplishments of prominent African Americans in Lexington. This week we feature an oral history interview with noted educator Edythe J. Hayes, the first African American to serve as Deputy Superintendent of Fayette County Public Schools, and the first African American female appointed to the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees. Special thanks to Doug Boyd from the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries.

International Museum Of the Horse

In 2018 the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park opened Black Horsemen of the Kentucky Turf, a permanent exhibit to celebrate the forgotten contributions of African Americans to the horse industry in Kentucky. Some three years later a companion interactive website, Chronicle of African Americans in the Horse Industry, has been launched to collect more rare and vital information on this aspect of our signature sport. WUKY’s Alan Lytle recently spoke about the ongoing project with IMH Director Amy Beisel.

UK Athletics

The Kentucky Wildcats get a rematch with Alabama tonight in Tuscaloosa– two weeks after suffering a 20-point beat-down to the Crimson Tide in Rupp Arena. The Cats are coming off an impressive 13 point win over LSU at home and they need to keep winning as they go through a brutal stretch of the schedule.  WUKY SportsPage podcast host Keith Elkins, with the UK sports network, has the Scouting Report.