RICHMOND, Ky. — WEKU and Red Barn Radio today announced a broadcast partnership that makes WEKU the exclusive home of the Lexington-based music show in Central and Eastern Kentucky.
Beginning July 7, 2019, Red Barn Radio will expand to a two-hour program airing on Saturday from 6-8 p.m. The first hour of the program will be from the Red Barn Radio archives, while the second hour will be the latest recorded weekly show from Lexington. A rebroadcast of the second hour of the program will also be added to the WEKU schedule on Sunday from 8-9 p.m.
WEKU Director and General Manager Mike Savage said the new partnership helps make WEKU the weekend destination for listeners who want to experience the growing importance of the Kentucky music scene.
“Red Barn Radio and the musicians that perform on the program create an authentic audio portrait of the Commonwealth. It’s an honor to present an expanded offering of great original Kentucky music in prime time on WEKU,” said Savage.
Red Barn Radio Executive Producer and Director Ed Commons called the partnership a win-win for both organizations.
“We have been looking for a broadcast partner that would make a commitment to broadcasting Kentucky music while at the same time being a true community partner. As one of the mostly highly recognized public radio stations in Kentucky, WEKU is that partner. We look forward to reaching new audiences and helping WEKU meet its commitment of providing the best local content to Kentuckians,” said Commons.
To learn more about Red Barn Radio visit redbarnradio.com. The Lexington-based broadcast is in its 18th year and is recorded in the Performance Hall at LexArts in downtown Lexington Kentucky.
Red Barn Radio showcases Kentucky music and musicians, both from the Commonwealth and neighboring states where Kentucky music has settled and flourished. In weekly conversation and performance with talented guests, Red Barn Radio enlivens and archives Kentucky’s musical heritage, and brings to the airwaves a uniquely refreshing and folksy hour of Americana programming.
Tapings are live and open to the public and offer the live audience a unique opportunity to experience grassroots artists from Kentucky and around the globe. The WEKU radio show brings this experience to an audience around the world.
For more than 50 years, WEKU has provided public radio to central, eastern and southern Kentucky. WEKU delivers content free to the public on a variety of platforms including over-the-air broadcasts, internet streaming, mobile apps for smartphones and on-demand content.