Emil Moffatt

Station Manager

Emil Moffatt returns to WKU Public Radio as station manager. Moffatt was previously at the station from 2013-2014 as local host of All Things Considered. His new duties also include overseeing operations for WKU’s student station, WWHR 91.7.

Moffatt’s news experience includes a year at Nashville Public Radio and three years at WBAP radio in Dallas. Prior to that, Emil was a minor league baseball play-by-play announcer in Fort Worth, Texas and a producer for Dallas Stars radio broadcasts.  

Moffatt holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is an avid runner and enjoys movies and live music. 

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Tim Easton and Beth Bombara played Lost River Sessions LIVE on Thursday, marking the beginning of the third season of live shows at the Capitol Arts Center in Bowling Green. 

Easton, a singer-songwriter from Nashville, has published more than 100 songs and has performed all over the U.S. and in Europe. Bombara, who is from St. Louis, released her latest album in 2017, called Map & No Direction. 

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On a Sunday morning this past May, several dozen men – mostly in their 50s and 60s, gathered at a community park in Cienfuegos, a small town about two hours from Havana. They’re former baseball players, who like to stay active by getting together for a softball game once a week.

“That reminded me maybe most of the U.S. what you see when we get to an older age, and we’re playing for fun and playing at a recreational level – it’s grassroots, organized so to speak,” said Paula Upright, a professor of recreation and sport at WKU.

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In the morning, the Malecón, a sidewalk that runs along the seawall on the northern tip of Havana is full of runners, walkers and fisherman. At night, it turns into a hangout, full of young people, drinking and singing until the wee hours of the morning.

“At one point, I was walking all by myself along one of the more popular places, the Malecón, the seawall, and it was packed with people and I remember thinking this, in another context, would make me nervous, but I don’t feel it here,” said WKU sociology professor Jim Kanan. “And so that was a nice confirmation of what I was kind of anticipating.”

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El Gran Teatro de La Habana is located next to the Capitol building in the heart Old Havana. This  prominent placement speaks to the importance of ballet in Cuban society. And so when WKU dance professor Anna Patsfall had a chance to travel with colleagues to Cuba in May, it meant an opportunity for her to take in a performance of Swan Lake at the venerable theater.

“It’s very well preserved, it’s a very old space, it’s a very beautiful space,” said Patsfall.

But it wasn’t just the venue that stood out to her.

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It’s after dark and a tour guide leads the way off the beaten path to a neighborhood just outside of the Vedado section of Havana. Francesca Sunkin, a professor in the modern languages department at Western Kentucky University has set up a meeting with Elias, a man well versed in Santeria.

“Okay first of all, you have to know, behind the buildings and houses in Cuba, we have different ways to survive,” he said.

Elias sits on a bench in an alleyway whose walls are bathed in colorful artwork. He has a trove of curly brown hair, glasses, a royal blue t-shirt and a pocketful of cigars.


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The overhead bins are stuffed on the 40-minute flight from Fort Lauderdale to Havana. Cuban residents returning from spending time in the United States come back with arms full of everything from electronics to clothes to boxes of Dunkin’ Donuts.

Several years ago, before diplomatic relations between the two countries were restored,  a flight like this – full of Cubans and Americans coming directly from Florida to Havana – wasn’t allowed. But now, it is and this particular flight included a group of professors from Western Kentucky University wanting to learn more about the island nation that had been officially off limits to Americans for decades.  

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Americana group The Carmonas joined organist Ken Stein on June 19, 2018 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bowling Green for the latest installment of The Stained Glass Music Series. This concert was titled "No Boundaries" and joined Americana music with organ pieces written by American composers like Leo Sowerby, Robert Hebble, Calvin Hampton and Myron Roberts. 

The Stained Glass Music Series is made possible thanks to the generosity of Lynn and Dennis O'Keefe and the parishoners and staff at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. 

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Before he wowed the audience at Lost River Sessions LIVE in October 2017, Devon Gilfillian performed a solo set for the LRS cameras at the Artist Pad in Glasgow, Kentucky. Since then Gilfillian has signed a contract with Capitol Records and has been touring the country with his band. 

In the second half of the show, The Local Honeys, a Morehead, Kentucky-based group featuring Montana Hobbs on banjo and Linda Jean Stokely on fiddle. Their Lost River Session was recorded at Riverview at Hobson Grove in Bowling Green in February, 2018. 

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It was a hot afternoon May 12 at the first Lost River Sessions Arts & Music Festival. But that didn't stop hundreds from attending the outdoor festival at Fountain Square Park. Later that evening, Willie Watson, Joan Shelley and the Dead Broke Barons put on a fabulous show inside the Capitol Arts Center. 

The WKU String Ensemble joined organist Ken Stein for the latest edition of the Stained Glass Series on Tuesday, March 20 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bowling Green. 

Ken Stein led off the concert with Prelue & Fugue e minor by Johann Sebastian Bach. The WKU String Ensemble followed with Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky op. 35a by Anton Arensky, Balzene Suite by Gyorgy Orban. Stein concluded the concert with Bollëmann's Suite Gothique. 

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Kentucky native Leah Blevins and Nashville singer-songwriter Lauren Farrah were our guests at March's Lost River Sessions LIVE from the Capitol Arts Center in Bowling Green. 

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Shortly after the 2017 release of her debut solo album, Forever And Then Some, Lillie Mae and her band played a set for Lost River Sessions at Venue 939 in Bowling Green. She was joined during the performance by her brother Frank Carter, her sister McKenna Grace, Brian Zonn and Tanner Jacobsen.

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Singer-songwriter Will Kimbrough and Louisville folk-duo The Other Years were musical guests on Lost River Sessions LIVE on Feb. 17 at the Capitol Arts Center in downtown Bowling Green.  

Photo by: Kirk Richard Smith

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A play featuring a fictionalized account of Dr. King’s final night will be performed in Henderson Tuesday night. “The Mountaintop” made its debut on Broadway in 2011 and is now touring 38 states across the country. 


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In the first half of the show, Carl Johnson & Rock Creek Bluegrass play the A-Frame in Bowling Green. Johnson is joined by Bob Endsley, Ronald Eldridge and Dave Johnson. We also catch up with Dom Flemons during one of his music history presentations in Louisville and listen to a performance by Lucette. 

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