WUKY In Depth

In depth stories from the WUKY news team.

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Last June, U.S. Supreme Court justices invalidated the NCAA’s ban on collegiate players being paid for use of their name, image or likeness (NIL) as counter to the general right of publicity law enjoyed by individuals throughout the rest of society. Not surprisingly this has already opened the door to a lot of new opportunities, and more than a few questions. This week on The Business Side we talk to Lane Report Executive Editor Mark Green who recently wrote an in depth feature on the issue.

WUKY To Feature Stories From 'Who We Lost KY' Project

Sep 18, 2021
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WUKY is collaborating with Martha Greenwald, creator and curator of 'Who We Lost KY' a writing project where families who have lost loved ones to the pandemic can pay tribute and in some cases, say their final goodbyes. This week WUKY's Dan Collins talks with Martha about bringing some of those stories to our airwaves and platforms.

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With the last soldier airlifted out of Afghanistan America’s longest war is officially at an end. Now comes the aftermath. Earlier this week WUKY's Alan Lytle spoke with Walt Leaumont, a retired member of the Kentucky Army National Guard who served two tours in Afghanistan. One of his first assignments was to train Afghans to fight. He talks about that effort which ultimately ended in frustration and futility and shares his thoughts about what to tell his fellow veterans and their families; especially the families of the 13 men and women killed in last week's terrorist attack by Isis K.

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University of Kentucky Patterson School of Diplomacy Interim Director Dr. Kathleen Montgomery has spent much of her time working on projects in Afghanistan, including efforts to bolster opportunities for women in the country. Now, she says watching the panicked scenes unfold amid the U.S. troop withdrawal has been "horrifying." 

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To celebrate the paperback release of his autobiography Changing The Game – WUKY's Alan Lytle recently sat down with college sports marketing pioneer and WBKY alum Jim Host. Over the course of his multi-faceted career Jim was involved in state politics, working for Republican Governors Louie B. Nunn and Ernie Fletcher. Those political and business ties were put to good use in the construction of Rupp Arena, the Kentucky Horse Park and the KFC Yum! Center. In this in depth interview Jim talks about his use of bundling to secure lucrative sports marketing deals and makes a strong argument for tax reform in Kentucky and weighs in on the NCAA's new Name Image and Likeness policy for student athletes.

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The 141st Fancy Farm Picnic happens Saturday afternoon in Graves County. The political speeches didn't take place last year because of COVID-19 and this year the event promises to be a very one-sided political affair. For a preview we turn to Laura Cullen Glasscock, the editor and publisher of the Frankfort-based Kentucky Gazette.


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This week on The Business Side, Tom Wilmes, editor of Business Lexington, is back for a deep dive on the ongoing service and staffing challenges for area bars and restaurants. Some emerged from the pandemic better than others. Some favorite establishments called it quits altogether. Bottom line, whether tried and true or brand spanking new, adaptability appears to be the key to success.

Business Lexington

It’s been awhile since we checked in with Tom Wilmes, editor of Business Lexington to go behind some of the latest local business headlines. There's news this week about a Bourbon Distillery expansion in Bardstown, the Liquor Barn is under new ownership, the city's new convention space appears to be paying off, plus we talk about some comings and goings on the local restaurant scene.

Kentucky Department of Tourism

Tourism accounts for more than 11 billion dollars of revenue annually for the state of Kentucky, and this week on the Business Side WUKY's Alan Lytle talks with Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Mike Berry. He says Kentucky has launched a multi-prong approach to bring more visitors and their money back to the commonwealth. 

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For the last decade and a half an important part of Juneteenth activities in Lexington involves a ceremony at African Cemetery #2 on East Seventh Street, which contains the graves of more than a hundred military veterans; some of them are former slaves who served in the U.S. Colored Troops of the American Civil War. WUKY's Alan Lytle recently spoke with board member and noted Lexington historian Yvonne Giles for a preview of this year’s Juneteenth Jubilee.