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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Tom Godell

Doug Way became the new dean of UK Libraries this past July. He came to UK from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he served as associate librarian for Collections and Research Service. We discuss his optimism about the future of libraries, the benefits to UK students of having the library as a “third space”, and the King Library’s newest exhibit devoted to the role of Kentucky Women in the suffrage movement one century ago.


Julian Vasquez Heilig became Dean of the University of Kentucky College of Education in July 2019. Just before the annual holiday break Dean Heilig generously agreed to join us at the WUKY studios to share with us his vision for the future of the college, which hosts nearly 3,000 students in over 70 graduate and undergraduate programs.

In this latest edition of UK Perspectives host Tom Godell talks with Mary J. Davis, Interim Dean of the UK College of Law.  The college recently cut the ribbon on brand new space on the campus and accepted a $20M endowment fromJ. David Rosenberg and his wife, Dianne.  The school will now be named the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law.

Silas House speaks with Savannah Sipple, author of the book WWJD And Other Poems.


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Got back pain? Call an engineer! From biomedical engineering to solar cars to aerospace, the UK College of Engineering is challenging students across the Commonwealth to “create a world that works”. Rudolph Buchheit became the 11th dean of the college in July 2018, and he sat down with WUKY’s Tom Godell recently to discuss some of the college’s recent accomplishments and plans for the future.

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Mark Shanda, dean of UK’s College of Fine Arts stopped by our studios recently. He brought us up to date on several upcoming events at the college including the record-breaking Ralph Steadman exhibit at the UK Art Museum, the UK Symphony’s unusual presentation of the film Amadeus, Opera Theater’s Grand Night for Singing, and UK Theater’s Shrek.

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The Reynolds Building on the UK Campus was constructed as a tobacco warehouse in 1917. Soon it will be the new home of UK’s College of Design. Dean Mitzi Vernon of the College of Design stopped by our studios recently and shared her plans with us.

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The University of Kentucky is poised to dramatically expand its online course offerings to better serve the citizens of Kentucky (and the world). UK Associate Provost Kathi Kern recently stopped by our studios to  provide us with an overview of the project.

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UK’s Chief Academic Officer, Provost David Blackwell, speaks with WUKY General Manager Tom Godell about the role of UK in meeting Kentucky’s workforce needs, record-setting graduation and retention rates, student debt, minority enrollment and more.