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Alan Lytle

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 Kentucky Broadcasters Association's Best Radio Anchor award in 2021. 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.

Passionate about history, Lytle serves on the board of the Lexington History Museum. He obtained a Master’s degree in U.S. History from the University of Kentucky in 2015.

  • This past weekend the University of Kentucky, and all of the Commonwealth lost a treasure in former dean of UK Libraries Terry L. Birdwhistell. Over a 40+ year span with the university, the Kentucky native conducted nearly 1,000 oral history interviews and was responsible for establishing the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History. In this special edition of WUKY's award winning history series Saving Stories, Nunn Center director Dr. Doug Boyd shares the story of how and when his colleague, mentor and friend managed to score a one-on-one interview with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in 1981.
  • The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning has announced the 2023 class of the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame.
  • In this special MLK Holiday edition of WUKY's award winning history series Saving Stories, Doug Boyd, director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries highlights an extraordinary interview with Dr. King from March of 1964. Hear the non-violent advocate and activist at the height of his influence in a one-on-one conversation with Kentucky author Robert Penn Warren discussing the revolutionary nature of the Civil Rights movement and where he thought it should go next.
  • The Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center in downtown Lexington is celebrating the Martin Luther King holiday a day early with two fee screenings of “After King 23,” a new documentary by Lexington hip-hop artist and filmmaker Jeremiah Wrong, that explores where America is today, after Dr. King’s dream. WUKY's Alan Lytle spoke with Lyric executive director Whit Whitaker about this weekend’s kickoff event and several other related programs on the venue’s calendar.
  • The first four legislative days of the thirty-day session are in the books and lawmakers in Frankfort will now take a break before coming back next month. What was the first week of January like for a reporter covering state government? Laura Cullen Glasscock, the editor and publisher of the Frankfort-based Kentucky Gazette joins Alan Lytle for the first edition of Capitol Chat for 2023. They talk about major legislative priorities for the GOP dominated General Assembly, recap Governor Andy Beshear's annual State of the Commonwealth address, and discuss the bizarre way in which former Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin let us all know he's not running for the office this year.
  • In what appeared to be a possible run-up to a last-minute gubernatorial campaign announcement, former Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin instead offered members of the media and political observers his own 20 minute state of the commonwealth speech before exiting the building.
  • Could the game of bingo — with a twist — be part of healthier aging? A $1.1 million grant will help University of Kentucky College of Education researchers measure the impacts of increased exercise and social interaction for nursing home residents through a program called Bingocize®. Dr. Greg recently spoke with Dr. Melinda Ickes, who will lead the three year study.
  • WUKY is collaborating with Martha Greenwald, creator and curator of 'Who We Lost KY' a writing project where friends and families who have lost loved ones to the pandemic or a natural disaster, pay tribute and in some cases, say their final goodbyes. This week Laura Jackson of Fayette County reads Christmas Flowers; a story remembering her aunt, Becky Breece-Straley.
  • A significant milestone will be observed this weekend in western Kentucky. It was a year ago that more than a dozen tornadoes ripped through the region leaving a giant trail of death and destruction. In this edition of WUKY's award winning history series Saving Stories, Doug Boyd with UK's Nunn Center shares interviews from a project featuring emergency management personnel and first responders on the front lines during and after the December 2021 tornado outbreak in Western Kentucky. They talk about the opportunity to learn about the long-track tornadic system and how Western Kentuckians successfully overcame adversity from such devastation.
  • Former Kentucky governor John Y. Brown Jr. has died. His family confirmed the passing in a social media post on Tuesday. WUKY's Alan Lytle has this remembrance.