Starting July 7, Red Barn Radio will be expanding its presence into Central and Eastern Kentucky thanks to a new partnership with WEKU.

From 6 to 8 p.m., Red Barn Radio will air its two-hour program.

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. The Lexington-based music show also will have a rebroadcast of the second hour on Sunday, from 8 to 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,” Savage said.

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,” Commons said.

To learn more about Red Barn Radio, visit http://redbarnradio.com/main.html.

CPE awards grants to commonwealth campuses

The Council on Postsecondary Education announced late May that it will award six college campuses around the bluegrass with strategic grants to help more students succeed in college.

After a competitive review process, the CPE awarded $50,000 Stronger by Degrees Student Success grants to five campuses, one of which was Eastern Kentucky University, to improve student progression and completion, with a special emphasis on low-income and underrepresented minority students.

“We are delighted to fund these high-impact proposals,” CPE President Aaron Thompson said. “In times of scarce resources, targeting funds to support strategic programs can be a real game-changer for our students.”

EKU’s grant will create opportunities for targeted interventions by embedding trained undergraduate “gurus” in high enrollment, freshman heavy courses, as well as using the gurus to facilitate study groups and deliver intensive tutoring and mentoring with at-risk populations.

Graduations

While school is out in Madison County, several universities are wrapping up their graduation ceremonies.

Two Richmond natives graduated from Lincoln Memorial University. Cheyenne Gilliam graduated with a bachelor of science in veterinary health science, and Jason Newell graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science in exercise science.

Berea resident Rebecca Mendivil received her graduate degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute during its graduation ceremonies.

Caleb Morris, also of Berea, received a white coat at the Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) during its white coat ceremony.

Richmond resident Saba Khandani earned a bachelor degree in economics from Tufts University.

Reach Kaitlyn Brooks at 624-6608; follow her on Twitter @kaitlynsbrooks.

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