Emil Moffatt

Emil Moffat joined the WKU Public Radio news team in August, 2013, after working as a news anchor and feature reporter at WBAP radio in Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX.

Emil is our local voice during All Things Considered on WKU Public Radio, anchoring our local newscasts and breaks, and producing feature stories that will air during ATC and Morning Edition. He also contributes to our online and social media efforts.

In addition to his work on the air and online, Emil is the go-to expert for baseball knowledge at WKU Public Radio. Before taking the job at WBAP, Emil was the play-by-play broadcaster for the minor-league Ft. Worth Cats baseball team.

Government
12:20 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Vest Offers Extra Protection For Christian County K-9 Officer

Deputy Sean Head with the Christian County Sheriff's office is pictured with K-9 officer "Timo", who was selected to receive a special protective vest.

Originally published on Sun December 7, 2014 7:56 pm

One of the K-9 officers working with the Christian County Sheriff’s department is now wearing a high-dollar piece of protective equipment. 

Timo is a seven-year-old Dutch Shepard who’s now sporting a $3,500 bulletproof, stab-resistant vest.  Deputy Sean Head has been Timo’s handler for the last year.

“It’s no different from me going to a call and having no vest on – I kind of feel bare,” said Deputy Head. “It does give me added protection knowing that if I have to place him in danger like that, he has protection as well as I would.”

The vest came from a company called Vested Interest, which received $335,000 in donations to produce the protective gear.  Several law enforcement agencies around the country were selected to receive the special vests. 

Head says he’s trying to encourage other K-9 handlers to apply as well.

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Sports
9:04 am
Tue November 11, 2014

WKU President to Parachute Into Weekend Football Game

WKU President Gary Ransdell will deliver the game ball Saturday after performing a tandem jump with a member of the U.S. Army "Golden Knights"
Credit WKU Athletics

 

The pregame entertainment prior to WKU’s game with Army this weekend will come from above.

The U.S. Army Parachute team, known as the “Golden Knights” will be performing along with a special guest – WKU president Gary Ransdell. 

Ransdell is scheduled to do a tandem jump while holding on to the game ball.

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Politics
4:50 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

McConnell, Grimes Say No to Sending Ground Troops After Islamic State

Official photos
Credit US Senate

Kentucky’s senior U.S. Senator says fighters with the extremist group the “Islamic State” represent a “long-term threat” to the nation.

Republican Mitch McConnell told WKU Public Radio today that there is no serious consideration in Washington about sending American ground troops after the group’s forces in Iraq and Syria. But McConnell described the Islamic State as an organization that will cause the U.S. problems for years to come.

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Business
2:57 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

GM Addressing 2 Safety Issues With New Corvette

GM Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 2:35 pm

General Motors says it is delaying shipments of thousands of 2015 Corvettes and telling dealerships that already have the new models to stop selling them for the time being.  A spokesperson at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant says two safety issues are at the heart of the decision.

One issue concerns rear parking brake cables, the other with the part used to connect the airbag and steering wheel.

Bill Visnic, senior analyst with edmunds.com says the entire auto industry, not just GM, has learned lessons in the last year about disclosing potential safety problems.

“There’s definitely erring on the side of caution in this case,” said Visnic. “But at the same time, it’s just more-or-less simply the right thing to do, particularly when you’re talking about a high-performance model where someone might be using the car in fairly extreme conditions, you want to make sure you have all the requisite safety items where you need them to be.”

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History
11:20 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Late Perryville Man's Extensive Civil War Collection To Be Auctioned Off

A reenactment at the Perryville Battlefield site

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 8:43 pm

At an auction house in North Carolina Tuesday morning, hundreds of Civil War artifacts hit the auction block.  The collection represents the life’s work of a Perryville, Kentucky man who died in April.

Jimmy Johnson says his company, based in Angier, N.C., has been dealing with Civil War relics for 30 years.  

“Lots of times you get little bits and pieces of different collections, but in this case, we’ve just got such a wide variety of different items,” said Johnson 

The collection belonged to James “Cotton” Reynolds of Perryville. He was 84 when he died this spring.

His two daughters were at the auction house Monday where hundreds of collectors previewed the trove of Civil War artifacts.

 “Obviously they’re excited, it is an emotional thing anytime you’re selling your parents items, it’s an emotional event,” said Johnson.  “But they saw their Daddy nurture these items and collect them over the years.” 

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