The Kentucky Broadcasters’ Association (KBA) Scholarship Fund is a post-secondary partial scholarship grant program for children of employees of Kentucky radio and television stations. In 2018, the KBA will award fourteen (14) scholarship grants of fifteen hundred dollars ($1,500) each to qualified sons and daughters of employees of Kentucky broadcast stations.

Application deadline: April 15, 2018

The grants will be used to assist the student in the payment of tuition, fees, books, and room and board. A scholarship committee will review each application and will award the scholarship grants based on the following criteria:

  • One of the student’s parents must be either: (a) a full time employee of a station on the date of the application deadline, or; (b) a part-time employee of a station on the date of the application deadline and has been employed as a part-time employee at the Kentucky station for a period of one year prior to the application deadline.
  • The student must attend full-time a college, university, vocational school, institute of technology, or academy that awards academic degrees or professional certifications.
  • There is no minimum GPA requirement to apply. However, preference will be shown to students who demonstrate good scholastic ability.
  • Extracurricular activities (clubs, athletics, church, community service, part-time employment, etc.) will be considered in evaluating each applicant.
  • Preference will be given to students with financial need.
  • Grants may be awarded for undergraduate, graduate, and post graduate programs.
  • Grants are made on an annual basis and are non-renewable.


KBA Harry Barfield Scholarship

Applications are now being accepted for the Kentucky Broadcasters Association (KBA) Harry Barfield Scholarship program for the 2017-18 academic year. This is the 26th year of the program.

Application deadline: April 15, 2018

Four scholarships of $2,500 apiece are available to students who are currently majoring in broadcasting or communications at a college or university in Kentucky. The scholarships are awarded through a competitive application process which includes academic achievement, the recommendation of a faculty member, and extracurricular activities. Since the scholarship awards are renewable for a second year provided recipients continue to meet specified criteria, priority consideration will be given to students who are rising juniors.

The program, now in its 26th consecutive year, is named in honor of Harry Barfield, the late chairman of the Kentucky Broadcasters Association and manager of WLEX-TV in Lexington.


New streaming policy for UK/JMI affiliates

As the radio industry evolves, listeners and fans of UK now receive their information in many ways. To keep up with the changes in our industry, JMI Sports, the UK Network, has made a significant change to our streaming policy as it related to UK programming.

Effective February 1, 2018, JMI will allow all radio affiliates, who participate in the UK/JMI network, the opportunity to stream programming, according to Kim Ramsay, Vice President, Client Services and Operations at JMI.

JMI values every station on the network and wants to continue to make it a product that you are proud to offer to your listeners and sponsors. JMI looks forward to a highly successful continued partnership.

The Kentucky Broadcasters Association sincerely thanks Ed Henson of Henson Media, Inc. and Chris Mossman of Gray Television for their efforts in moving this streaming issue forward.

-Henry Lackey

Prayers for Marshall County

Marshall County We Are Praying for You!

On behalf of the Kentucky Broadcasters Association, we send our thoughts and prayers to the students, families and community members of Marshall County High School and to the community of Benton.

A sincere thank you to the community’s first responders and the courageous men and women that worked to keep Benton’s children safe. Lastly, we would like the thank our Kentucky broadcasters for keeping the county, state and the nation informed of this horrific event.

We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. January 23, 2018 will not be forgotten.

Broadcasters: There When It Matters!


The NAB State Leadership Conference will be held in Washington, DC , February 27-28. As a result, the theme is Broadcasters There When It Matters.

In particular, the NAB is seeking photos of your great broadcasting skills from recent fires, snowstorms, floods, etc. The NAB wants tons of photos from both radio and television stations.

Please be sure the photos are, at minimum, 300 dpi, high-res JPG files as we plan to blow these up. Also please be sure to identify everybody in the photos with names, station call letters, city, state. If there is a great story to go along with the photo let us know as well. Please email those to Sue Keenom or Adam Sandler

If you have compelling video or audio clips, please send those our way as well. We are also producing a video. They need to be HD quality. (1280x h.264 files). You can send them via to

R.I.P. Wes Strader

The legendary voice of the WKU Hilltopppers, Charles Wesley “Wes” Strader passed away Tuesday evening at the age of 79.

Born in Barren County, his childhood was spent living and working on the family farm. He graduated from Hiseville High School, where he was an avid football and basketball player.

Strader’s association with WKU sports goes back to the late 1940s when, as a 10 year old, he began regularly attending athletic events with his father, a season ticket holder.

Strader spent 36 wonderful years ( 1964-2000) as the voice of the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers.

In 2002, Strader was inducted into the 2002 Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame. On February 21, 2013, Strader was honored from his WKU alma mater when WKU unveiled a banner in his name. The banner hangs in the E.A. Diddle Arena. To date, Strader’s is the only banner in the Diddle Arena that is not of a player or a former coach.

In 2008, Strader returned to the mic to host a Hilltopper pre-game and post-game call-in show. Many times, former UK All-American Basketball great, Kenny Walker was Wes’ co-host on the program. It was until late 2017 that his health declined and the show stopped production. Strader’s legacy will live on in the Bowling Green community and at Western Kentucky University. In its third year, the “Wes Strader Schoolboy Classic” basketball tournament will take place.

The KBA family extends its deepest condolences to his wife Sue, daughter Kim and son Chuck, two grandchildren, grandson Wes and granddaughter Kara and great granddaughter Olivia.

A visitation will be held on Monday, January 16, 2018 from 2pm to 8pm CST at Eastwood Baptist Church located at 500 Eastwood Avenue, Bowling Green, KY 42103. Additionally, funeral services will be on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 1:00pm with a visitation at 10am until time of service at Eastwood Baptist Church, 500 Eastwood Avenue, Bowling Green, KY 42103.


“A kid can only dream to grow up and be friends with one of his heroes. I was blessed with getting to do this with Wes. I will miss voice and his smile, but more than anything I will miss his friendship.” I know I speak for so many in saying how much we will miss him. I will forever hear him say “Good night sports fans.”

Derron Steenbergen
KBA Past Chair


“Even though I, personally never worked side by side with Wes, I did have the opportunity to talk with him numerous times about high school players across Kentucky who were excelling in football in his area. We, sometimes, talked for hours about the future of high school sports. In addition, my sidekick for 30 years in calling Henderson County football on the radio was Leo Peckenpaugh. Leo was a former all OVC quarterback from Western in the early 1970s. Wes filled me in on Leo’s past and the same for other sports greats from the Henderson area who played at Western. Leo has been doing color for Western on the Big Red Network for over 15 years”.

“Our friend Wes, no doubt, was a positive influence on many young people at the high school and collegiate level at Western. In closing, Wes loved Kentucky broadcasters. Up until very recently, Wes would join us at the KBA Fall Conference. Wes was more than a sportscaster. Wes was a broadcaster and he will be sorely missed by all who knew him.”

Henry G. Lackey
KBA President/ CEO

KBA Welcomes Chad Lampe to the Board!

KBA President/ CEO, Henry Lackey and KBA Chairwoman Marti Hazel proudly welcome Chad Lampe to the KBA Board of Directors.

General Manager of WKMS in Murray, Kentucky, Chad was appointed Public Radio Director to fulfill the remainder of the seat held by John Hingsbergen, who suddenly passed away on November 30, 2017.

Chad has a B.A. in Psychology and an M.S. in Mass Communications from Murray State University. Welcome Chad!

Happy Retirement to ‘Kentucky Afield’ host Charlie Baglan!

It’s Official! Long-time host of Kentucky Afield Radio and the voice heard on the opening of every Kentucky Afield television show on KET, hung up the headphones on December 31, 2017.

“Helping to tell the stories of wildlife and wild places has been a dream come true,”says Charlie Baglan, who began his career in Carrollton , Kentucky’s WIKI FM 100.1 in 1981.

“Elk restoration , the birth of the National Archery in the Schools program, the recovery of the Bald Eagle and more, it’s been an exciting time to be a broadcast journalist in the field of wildlife.” Kentucky Afield Radio actually launched the television program, both beginning in 1953, and produced by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Baglan spent several years in South Carolina from Myrtle Beach to afternoon drive on 56 WIS in Columbia before returning home to be nearer to family in 1990. After briefly working with WAVE 3 and WDRB 41 in Louisville, he answered the call from Kentucky Afield and never looked back. He was a reporter, executive producer, and hosted ” Kentucky Afield for Kids” which aired in schools on KET’s Star Channel.

His pride and joy was Kentucky Afield Radio he revived in 1997. Dozens of stations have carried the show across the commonwealth, Indiana and Tennessee.

Along the way, the Emmy-winning Baglan has amassed countless broadcast and advertising accolades for boating safety, early learning, Nature’s Finest license plates, highway safety and an audio tour for the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort.

This past June in St. Louis, the National Association of Government Communicators named Kentucky Afield Radio the best government-produced program in America. It was for an episode commemorating the 50th anniversary of the protest hike leading to the undamming of Red River Gorge. The Kentucky State Senate also honored the program.

Baglan’s good-bye broadcast aired on New Year’s Eve weekend. Kentucky Afield Radio will then got into hiatus, but could reappear as a podcast targeting the next generation of outdoor fans.

” I have no immediate retirement plans, but I hope to keep my hand in broadcasting in some way. Thanks so all my friends at the KBA for their support over the years. There is nothing better than hometown, community-fcoused radio. I’m so fortunate to have been part of that for 37 years.”

Charlie has been writing a few articles the in State Journal, our local Frankfort newspaper and his photography is featured in art galleries in town. I am sure that this is not the last we will see of Charlie Baglan, just a new chapter.

Special Message from KBA President & CEO, Henry Lackey

With the frigid , glacial -like temperatures, we are faced with cars not starting, pipes freezing, furnaces going on the brink and of course those dreaded power outages that effect everything we do. The biggest issue in the broadcasting industry are stations going off the air due to the massively frigid conditions that are blanketing the United States. Did you know that it is warmer in Alaska right now?

If your station has experienced a power outage due to the weather, please do not forget to contact Henry Lackey at the KBA. We hope you do not have to, but in the event of an outage, we would like to hear from you. Please call Henry at (502)848-0426 or via email at As always, thank you for all you do for broadcasters in your districts and around the nation. Have a great day! Stay warm!