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Saving Stories: WUKY's Origins Lie In The Mountains Of Eastern Kentucky

WUKY turned 80 this month. (October 17, 1940 to be exact) and to celebrate the occasion Doug Boyd from the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History and Alan Lytle discuss the origin story for the radio station - now known as WUKY, which began as WBKY, an ambitious community radio experiment in the town of Beattyville in Eastern Kentucky.

Ruth Foxx Newborg (seated) looks on as Elmer "Bromo" Sulzer holds what appears to be either sheet music or a radio script. Credit UK Special Collections

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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.
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