Saving Stories

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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.

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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."

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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.

If this were a normal year we’d be in the final days of the Keeneland Spring Meet and people would be flocking to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby this Saturday but of course the global pandemic changed all of those plans.  Racing or no racing, Lexington remains the Horse Capital of the World and UK Libraries' Nunn Center for Oral History continues to document this signature industry.  In this latest edition of WUKY’s award winning series Saving Stories, center director Doug Boyd highlights a recent interview with former Keeneland President Ted Bassett.  The native Kentuckian talks about preserving the delicate balance between tradition and modernity at the iconic racetrack.  This interview is part of a larger project between the Nunn Center,Keeneland and Thoroughbred Daily News called Life's Work.

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The University of Kentucky Libraries' Nunn Center for Oral History has several interviews with survivors of the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic; some of which were recently accessed by the New York Times for an in depth story on Philadelphia's infamously slow implementation of social distancing policies that could have helped slow the spread.  In our latest edition of WUKY's Award-Winning history series Saving Stories, Nunn Center director Dr. Doug Boyd plays first-hand accounts from flu survivors in Philadelphia and here in Kentucky.

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In our latest edition of Saving Stories, WUKY's award winning history program, Dr. Doug Boyd with the UK Libraries Nunn Center for Oral History shares newly discovered audio from a series of interviews with Lyman T. Johnson; the first African-American student to set foot on the UK campus.  Johnson successfully challenged a state law that prohibited students of different races to be educated together in the same classroom.  The university had been getting around the 'Day Law' by sending professors to the Kentucky State University campus in Frankfort to instruct African-American students.  That all changed with Johnson in 1949.

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Wait 'til you hear what Happy Chandler had to say about Colonel Sanders! In the latest installment of Saving Stories, WUKY's Award Winning History Series, Doug Boyd, director of the UK Libraries' Nunn Center for Oral History and Ben Chandler, grandson of political legend A.B. Happy Chandler, discuss 68 previously restricted interviews featuring Chandler, his friends, family, allies and adversaries.  Happy Chandler was part of Kentucky's, and the nation's, political and cultural landscape for the better part of the 20th century.  In one interview Chandler talks about one of the many dirty tricks played on him by his political rival John Y. Brown Sr.  This particular episode involved none other than "The Colonel" Harlan Sanders.