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The following are some of the more recent episodes of this award winning radio program feature oral histories from the Nunn Center and conversations between Nunn Center director Doug Boyd and WUKY news director Alan Lytle.  Click here to access the full archive of Saving Stories.

Justice Stevens And The Coin Toss That Influenced Judicial History (2019-07-23) WUKY’s award winning history series Saving Stories with Dr. Doug Boyd from the Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries, returns with audio from the Heyburn Initiative For Excellence in the Federal Judiciary.  Among the more than 40 interviews conducted by project director Anu Kasarabada, is a conversation with former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who died at the age of 99 earlier this month.  Stevens is one of only a few Supreme Court Justices who started their law careers by clerking for a Supreme Court Justice.  In this interview from 2017 Stevens reveals that a coin toss determined whether he would clerk for Justice Wiley Rutledge or Chief Justice Fred Vinson; both hailed from Kentucky.

Saving Stories: Len Press And The Fateful Trip That Inspired KET (2019-08-15) In this latest installment of WUKY’s Award Winning history program Saving Stories, Alan Lytle talks with Dr. Doug Boyd, director of the Nunn Center for Oral History about the hours of interviews with Kentucky Education Television founder Len Press.  The former WBKY general manager talks about his first visit to Knott County, Kentucky in 1952; a trip that would not only change the trajectory of his life and career, but also provide the spark of an idea of connectivity later realized through the launching of the statewide public television network now known as KET.

Saving Stories: Kentucky Soldier Gives First-Hand Account Of D-Day Invasion (2019-06-06) Thursday marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion and in a special edition of Saving Stories we hear a first-hand account of what it was like for the thousands of soldiers sent on a do-or-die mission to liberate France from the Nazis.

Saving Stories: Nunn Center Chronicling UK’s Cheerleading Dynasty (2019-01-19) As the University of Kentucky Cheerleading Squad vies for yet another National Championship, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries is collaborating on a project to preserve the program’s rich and storied history.  Center director Doug Boyd talks about it with WUKY’s Alan Lytle in this edition of Saving Stories.  You’ll hear from two of the principals that helped usher in the modern era of cheerleading at UK.

Saving Stories: Nunn Center’s Tech Advances Create More Interactive Museum Experiences (2019-01-08) In this edition of Saving Stories which we really should re-name Sharing Stories we learn more about how UK’s Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History and it’s OHMS system (Oral History Metadata Synchronizer) is being used in interactive exhibits at Louisville’s Frazier History Museum and the new Bluegrass Hall of Fame and Museum in Owensboro.  Center director Doug Boyd tells Alan Lytle the technological advancement takes oral history out of the confines of the library or online computer search and into the public.

Saving Stories: The Frank Ramsey Few Fans Really Knew (2018-07-18) He played for two legendary basketball coaches, won a national title and several NBA championships, but a recent oral history interview with the late Frank Ramsey reveals much more about his life and legacy.  WUKY’s Alan Lytle and Nunn Center Director Dr. Doug Boyd talk about the Kentucky native who came to be known as the ultimate sixth man.

Saving Stories: Native Kentuckian Whitney Young; Unsung Civil Rights Pioneer (2018-02-22) We’re back with another Black History Month edition of Saving Stories.  Today we remember a native Kentuckian who championed racial and economic equality by working within the white power structure.  As director of the National Urban League Whitney Young had the ear of three US Presidents, as well as top CEO’s in the business community.  Hear rare audio from the man himself describing the mission and vision of the Urban League and how that sometimes ran counter to the approaches of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. Whitney Young led the Urban League for ten years.  President Nixon spoke at his funeral in Lexington in 1971.

Saving Stories: Even The Newspaper Was Segregated (2018-02-08) aving Stories observes Black History Month with this look at how Lexington’s daily mainstream newspapers handled coverage of African American communities.   In 2004 the editor of the Lexington Herald Leader apologized for the newspaper’s failures in covering the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement.

Saving Stories: Sue Grafton Talks Creative Process, Character Development In Kentucky Author Series (2018-01-04) In this edition of Saving Stories Doug Boyd, director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History shares audio of an interview with the late Sue Grafton.  It’s part of the center’s online series featuring Kentucky authors.  In this 1993 conversation the Louisville native talks about her difficult childhood, how she came up with her signature Alphabet series of mystery novels and the creation of her lead character, private investigator Kinsey Millhone.

Saving Stories: Nunn Center Partners With UK Great To Interview Big Blue Basketball Legends (2017-12-04) The Louie B. Nunn Center For Oral History in the UK Libraries is partnering with former Wildcat great Kyle Macy for a project involving the university’s storied men’s basketball program.  Today we feature the legendary exploits of Jack “Goose” Givens who’s 41 point night helped the Wildcats defeat the Duke Blue Devils in the 1978 National Championship Game.

Saving Stories: The Frontier Nursing Service (2017-03-14)  We observe Women’s History Month with a story about the Frontier Nursing Service which introduced the first nurse-midwives to the United States.  Founded in Leslie County by Mary Breckinridge, the nurses of the FNS would travel by horse to some of the most inaccessible regions of Eastern Kentucky.  Betty Lester, a recruit from Great Britain shares her memories of her first day in the mountains.

Saving Stories: How The Freedom Singers Used Music To Impact Civil Rights Marches (2017-02-2017) In this Black History Month edition of Saving Stories we hear from Kentuckian Charles Neblett, one of the founding members of the Freedom Singers which often performed as part of civil rights demonstrations in the early 1960’s.

Saving Stories: Colonel Sanders Reveals Secret Of His Success – But NOT His Recipe (2016-11-22) Recently the Nunn Center Rediscovered an old interview with Colonel Harland Sanders.  Alan Lytle talks with Center Director Dr. Doug Boyd about what this reel to reel tape revealed about the restaurant icon’s journey to success which didn’t even start until after he turned 65.  Mr. Sanders is also a member of the newest class of the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.

Saving Stories: The Heaven Hill Distillery Fire – 20 Years On (2016-11-08) This week marks the twentieth anniversary of the devastating fire at Heaven Hill Distillery in Bardstown.  In this episode of Saving Stories, WUKY’s Alan Lytle talks with Dr. Doug Boyd of the Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries about the fire and its somewhat surprising aftermath.

Saving Stories: Chronicling Bourbon’s Big Comeback (2016-09-13) Sure, Kentucky bourbon is arguably more popular than ever, evidenced by the oft quoted statistic that there are now more bourbon barrels in the state than there are people, but that wasn’t always the case.  In this episode of Saving Stories WUKY’s Alan Lytle and Dr. Doug Boyd, director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries talk about the bourbon renaissance and share audio clips from the Nunn Center’s ongoing Kentucky Bourbon Tales project.

Saving Stories: Jackie’s Triumph Meant The Eventual Death Of The Negro Baseball League (2016-04-19) n this episode of Saving Stories we hear from Effa Manley, a powerful co-owner of the Newark Eagles of the Negro Baseball League.  She says the integration of Major League Baseball in 1947 hastened the demise of a business she and other black entrepreneurs helped create and sustain.

Saving Stories Remembers Civil Rights Icon Georgia Davis Powers (2016-02-01)  Today on Saving Stories Doug Boyd from the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries shares audio from Georgia Davis Powers.  The Kentucky Civil Rights icon, the first African American and the first woman to serve in the State Senate passed away early Saturday at the age of 92.

Saving Stories: Kent State Protests At UK (2015-05-05) This week marks the 45th anniversary of the Kent State shootings.  Alan Lytle and Doug Boyd from the Nunn Center recall student reaction on the UK campus

Saving Stories Recalls UK’s First Student Housing (2013-08-29) As the University of Kentucky takes its first step to modernize campus housing, Dr. Doug Boyd, director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries shares audio from a 1975 interview with alum T.R. Bryant about the school’s first dormitories.

UK Perspectives: The Story Behind WBKY In Beattyville (2015-10-14) WUKY turns 75 this week.  To celebrate the occasion Doug Boyd from the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History and guest host Alan Lytle discuss the origin story for the radio station now known as WUKY, which began as WBKY, an ambitious community radio experiment in the town of Beattyville in Eastern Kentucky.

Saving Stories: UK And National Championships (2015-03-26) A highly talented basketball team, top ranked all season long, heavily favored to win a national title…sound familiar?  It should.  In this special edition of Saving Stories we recall Kentucky’s triumphant march to the title in 1978.  Who better to talk about that historic run than Mr. Wildcat?  Bill Keightley served as the team’s equipment manager until his death in 2008.

Saving Stories: UK’s History of Desegregation (2015-02-26) As the University of Kentucky continues to celebrate its sesquicentennial we take a look back at efforts to desegregate the school.  Lincoln County native George Logan, one of the first African American students to attend UK talks about the racism he encountered back in 1951.