Saving Stories

University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center: Calvert McCann photographs

In this latest edition of WUKY's award winning history series Saving Stories we conclude Black History Month by featuring a 1985 UK Nunn Center oral history interview with Lexington educator and Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame member Audrey Grevious. She talks about her involvement in demonstrations and lunch counter sit-in's in downtown Lexington in the early 1960's. Special thanks to Nunn Center Director, Dr. Doug Boyd for sharing this audio. The complete interview is available online.


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.


UK Special Collections

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.


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In this Black History Month edition of WUKY's award winning series Saving Stories we hear how Harry Sykes became Lexington's first African American to be elected to the city council. Wait until you hear how the one-time Harlem Globetrotter accomplished that feat. Doug Boyd is the director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries. He shares and talks about the audio with WUKY's Alan Lytle.


UK Athletics

This Friday is UK Basketball's Big Blue Madness at Memorial Coliseum. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic the only way for fans to see the production is through the SEC television network. In this latest installment of WUKY's award-winning history series, Saving Stories, Doug Boyd, director of the Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK libraries shares audio from an interview with Wildcat great, Kenny "Sky" Walker about his memories of his debut at Midnight Madness on October 15, 1982. The interview is part of a series of conversations with another former Wildcat great, Kyle Macy.


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

Oct 19, 2020

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.


UK Special Collections

August 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the high water mark of the Women’s Suffrage movement with the adoption of the 19th Amendment securing the right to vote for millions of women in this country, but sadly not much first-hand account audio of this historic achievement exists.  In this edition of WUKY's award-winning history program, Saving Stories, Nunn Center Director Dr. Doug Boyd shares audio from a 1990 interview with Austin P. Lilly, daughter of Kentucky suffragette Anna Dudley McGinn Lilly.  Austin and her mother attended the 1920 National American Women's Suffrage Association Convention in Chicago; along with a who's who of other Kentucky notables including Madeline McDowell Breckinridge and Sophonisba Breckenridge.


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In this edition of WUKY's award winning history series "Saving Stories" Alan Lytle and Dr. Doug Boyd with the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries, discuss the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues.  Hear audio from a 1982 interview with Baseball Hall of Famer Willard Brown; a contemporary of Jackie Robinson, Larry Doby and Satchell Paige, but whose major league experience did not last nearly as long.  Find out why in this edition of Saving Stories.  


In this latest edition of WUKY's  award winning history program Saving Stories, Dr. Doug Boyd with the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries presents audio from a collection of interviews Robert Penn Warren conducted in 1964 on the unfolding Civil Rights Movement.  On April 27, 1964 Penn Warren battled through equipment issues to have a candid conversation with James Baldwin.  The author, lecturer and activist was featured in the recent Academy Award nominated documentary "I Am Not Your Negro."


UK Special Collections

In this latest edition of WUKY’s award winning history series Saving Stories, Dr. Doug Boyd from the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries and Alan Lytle discuss an incident that happened on the UK campus.  Fifty years ago this week, the country was rocked by the shooting of four student protesters by National Guard troops on the Kent State campus - that incident touched off demonstrations across the country including at UK where an ROTC annex building caught on fire.  And fifty years later the Nunn Center continues to document the varying accounts of just what happened.


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