Saving Stories

Saving Stories: Len Press And The Fateful Trip That Inspired KET

Aug 15, 2019
UK Special Collections

In this latest installment of WUKY's Award Winning history program Saving Stories, Alan Lytle talks with Dr. Doug Boyd, director of the Nunn Center for Oral History about the hours of interviews with Kentucky Education Television founder Len Press.  The former WBKY general manager talks about his first visit to Knott County, Kentucky in 1952; a trip that would not only change the trajectory of his life and career, but also provide the spark of an idea of connectivity later realized through the launching of the statewide public television network now known as KET.

WUKY's award winning history series Saving Stories with Dr. Doug Boyd from the Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries, returns with audio from the Heyburn Initiative For Excellence in the Federal Judiciary.  Among the more than 40 interviews conducted by project director Anu Kasarabada, is a conversation with former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who died at the age of 99 earlier this month.  Stevens is one of only a few Supreme Court Justices who started their law careers by clerking for a Supreme Court Justice.  In this interview from 2017 Stevens reveals that a coin toss determined whether he would clerk for Justice Wiley Rutledge or Chief Justice Fred Vinson; both hailed from Kentucky.

Thursday marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion and in a special edition of Saving Stories we hear a first-hand account of what it was like for the thousands of soldiers sent on a do-or-die mission to liberate France from the Nazis.

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As the University of Kentucky Cheerleading Squad vies for yet another National Championship, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries is collaborating on a project to preserve the program's rich and storied history.  Center director Doug Boyd talks about it with WUKY's Alan Lytle in this edition of Saving Stories.  You'll hear from two of the principals that helped usher in the modern era of cheerleading at UK.

UK Now

In this edition of Saving Stories which we really should re-name Sharing Stories we learn more about how UK's Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History and it's OHMS system (Oral History Metadata Synchronizer) is being used in interactive exhibits at Louisville's Frazier History Museum and the new Bluegrass Hall of Fame and Museum in Owensboro.  Center director Doug Boyd tells Alan Lytle the technological advancement takes oral history out of the confines of the library or online computer search and into the public.

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He played for two legendary basketball coaches, won a national title and several NBA championships, but a recent oral history interview with the late Frank Ramsey reveals much more about his life and legacy.  WUKY's Alan Lytle and Nunn Center Director Dr. Doug Boyd talk about the Kentucky native who came to be known as the ultimate sixth man.

Saving Stories: Native Kentuckian Whitney Young; Unsung Civil Rights Pioneer

Feb 22, 2018
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We're back with another Black History Month edition of Saving Stories.  Today we remember a native Kentuckian who championed racial and economic equality by working within the white power structure.  As director of the National Urban League Whitney Young had the ear of three US Presidents, as well as top CEO's in the business community.  Hear rare audio from the man himself describing the mission and vision of the Urban League and how that sometimes ran counter to the approaches of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.

Saving Stories: Even The Newspaper Was Segregated

Feb 8, 2018
Lexington Herald Leader

Saving Stories observes Black History Month with this look at how Lexington's daily mainstream newspapers handled coverage of African American communities.   In 2004 the editor of the Lexington Herald Leader apologized for the newspaper's failures in covering the 1960's Civil Rights Movement.

Saving Stories: Sue Grafton Talks Creative Process, Character Development In Kentucky Author Series

Jan 4, 2018
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In this edition of Saving Stories Doug Boyd, director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History shares audio of an interview with the late Sue Grafton.  It's part of the center's online series featuring Kentucky authors.  In this 1993 conversation the Louisville native talks about her difficult childhood, how she came up with her signature Alphabet series of mystery novels and the creation of her lead character, private investigator Kinsey Millhone.

Saving Stories: Nunn Center Partners With UK Great To Interview Big Blue Basketball Legends

Dec 14, 2017
Nunn Center For Oral History

The Louie B. Nunn Center For Oral History in the UK Libraries is partnering with former Wildcat great Kyle Macy for a project involving the university's storied men's basketball program.  Today we feature the legendary exploits of Jack "Goose" Givens who's 41 point night helped the Wildcats defeat the Duke Blue Devils in the 1978 National Championship Game.

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