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.

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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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In this episode of  Old Kentucky Tales, we have a special guest – Author of multiple books on Kentucky history, such as The Hidden History of Kentucky Soldiers and the forthcoming Kentucky’s Rebel Press, Professor Emeritus of History at WKCTC, Berry Craig. We will also discuss  football in Yesterday's News.

Listen for our Fake History Sponsors: the 1906 Skunk Scarf and 1943 Branburgers!

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 look at a controversial statue of the past in our Yesterday’s News segment, and, for our Main Event, we 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: Uncle Sam's Cravat and Washington's Birthday Beer!

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 earthquakes, past and present, in our Yesterday’s News segment, and, for our Main Event, we will examine the massive party that given around Kentucky frontier weddings.

Listen for our Fake History Sponsors: Temperance Root Beer and the loaded 1964 Dodge!

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 a 1909 Eclipse in our Yesterday’s News segment and, for our Main Event, we will take a chance of getting burned by some of Abe Lincoln’s best one-liners.

Listen for our Fake History Sponsors: 1970s portable TV and 1898 Celery Compound!

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 look at milk wars in our Yesterday’s News segment, and, for our Main Event, we speak with a special guest, Matthew Scott, about his time at Ft. Knox, how he wrecked a tank there and the very intriguing conspiracy theory about Kentucky’s most famous fort.

​Listen for our Fake History Sponsors: lead paint of the 1910's and 1950's air conditioning!

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

 


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