Old Kentucky Tales

Podcast

This podcast is for anyone who likes history or just the stories that define our humanity and culture, particularly, as Kentuckians.  From the serious to the hilarious, if people have done it, it is now a part of our history and part of us. 

​ As the brainchild of history professor Brent Taylor from West Kentucky Community and Technical College, the podcast is his endeavor to bring "that sense of place that many Kentuckians appreciate already and that I see regularly in my Kentucky history classes.  This podcast hopes to develop that appreciation, while looking at the good and bad events of the past that have shaped us as a people."   

Brent is joined by WKCTC communication professor Jason Donner as they tackle the serious, the wacky and the seriously wacky moments that can truly be called Old Kentucky Tales.  

 

The podcast is produced in partnership with WKMS and recorded under the expertise of Sound Engineer Todd Birdsong at WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.

In this episode of Old Kentucky Tales, Brent and Jason take a look at attractions held at Beech Bend Amusement Park in 1956 and discuss which events we still enjoy and which just sound strange now.  Listen for our Fake History Sponsors: Wine of Cardui (a 1900 beauty "cure") and Tire Recapping in 1943!  And a big thanks to Sound Engineer Todd Birdsong and WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.


In this episode of Old Kentucky Tales, Brent and Jason complete a dialect quiz from the New York Times and discuss the various phrases that people use around the United States.  Some will sound familiar and some are brand new.  The terms we all use define our dialectical region and this quiz then highlights in what parts of the country that term is most often spoken.  Not a typical episode, many of the possible quiz choices are hilariously unique and interesting.          

Listen for our Fake History Sponsors for this episode: 1943 Tips for Using Your Iron and 1913 Beef Tongue!

And a big thanks to Sound Engineer Todd Birdsong and WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.


In this episode of Old Kentucky Tales, we interview Murray State University's history professor Dr. Brian Clardy to find out what happened when Reverend W.G. Harvey (pictured here) walked into a Klan rally in Paducah in 1975. This episode was recorded on the MSU campus at Pogue Library for a live audience.         

Listen for our Fake History Sponsors: the 1848 sale of President William Henry Harrison's carriage and Sugar Savings advertising in 1964!

And a big thanks to Sound Engineer Todd Birdsong and WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.

 


In this episode of Old Kentucky Tales, we will hear listener feedback in Old Kentucky Voicemails and the Main Event will take a look at the early schools in the communities of Kentucky, and see what the lessons, students and schoolhouses were like.      

Listen for our Fake History Sponsors for this episode: 1958's Change of Life and an 1884 Undertaker/Furniture Dealer!

And a big thanks to Sound Engineer Todd Birdsong and WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.

 


  In this episode of Old Kentucky Tales, we will hear listener feedback in Old Kentucky Voicemails and the Main Event will feature guest Rob Forrester's adventures overseas while guarding military equipment, finding camel spiders and a very expensive Nerf Ball game.      

Listen for our Fake History Sponsors for this episode: 1849 Ice Cream Oysters and Mario's Tub of Food!

And a big thanks to Sound Engineer Todd Birdsong and WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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In this episode of Old Kentucky Tales, we will Rock the Quote from Henry Clay and the Main Event will feature World War I's great food obsession.      

Listen for our Fake History Sponsors for this episode: Dodson's Liver Tone medicine and 1950's two knob Motorola TV!

And a big thanks to Sound Engineer Todd Birdsong and WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.

 


In this episode of Old Kentucky Tales, we will hear the words of an English traveler in Kentucky and the “Main Event” will examine J. Proctor Knott’s legendary Duluth Speech, which turned a massive railroad project into a national joke.    

Listen for our Fake History Sponsors for this episode: Nu-Hat from 1922 and the 1952 Double Oven!

And a big thanks to Sound Engineer Todd Birdsong and WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.


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In this episode of Old Kentucky Tales, we will hear the words behind U.S. Grant’s invasion of Paducah in our Rock the Quote segment and, for our Main Event, we will hear how John James Audubon first described the Opossum.

Listen for our Fake History Sponsors for this episode: Positive Proof from the mid-19th century and 1906 Cough Syrup!

And a big thanks to Sound Engineer Todd Birdsong and WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.


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In this episode of Old Kentucky Tales, we will look at the words of Abraham Lincoln in our Rock the Quote segment and, for our Main Event, we will examine the intense sport of 19th century corn husking.

Listen for our Fake History Sponsors for this episode: 1958 Electric Company and a 1926 Will Rogers cigarette ad!

And a big thanks to Sound Engineer Todd Birdsong and WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.


In this episode of Old Kentucky Tales, we look at watching the news, past and present, in our Yesterday’s News segment and, for our Main Event, we will look at some incredible political foreshadowing in a stump speech given by Ronald Reagan in Louisville.

Listen for our Fake History Sponsors: 1981 Home Video Rentals and Remote Control Answering Machines!

And a big thanks to Sound Engineer Todd Birdsong and WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.


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