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‘Reader’s Notebook’ to premiere Sept. 1

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    J. D. Reeder

    (Photo by Larry Dixon)

Morehead State Public Radio will add a literary feature to its weekday lineup on Monday, Sept. 1.

“The Reader’s Notebook” will be a daily radio feature using general interest pieces, often of literary or historic significance. Topics will also include science, technology, philosophy, folklore and the arts.

The series is written and hosted by J. D. Reeder, a retired educator, historian, avid reader and regular writer, director, and performer with the Morehead Theatre Guild.

“I’ve always believed that active reading involves reading about everything and that any given subject is best understood in the context of the culture as a whole. For example, we can best understand the literature of a given period by looking into its art, architecture, philosophy, science, and history as well,” said Reeder.

The regular segments will air weekdays at 12:20 p.m. during MSPR’s Midday News program. Each segment will include vignettes about writers, artists and other noteworthy people whose birthdays or other significant events coincide with the date of the program. The feature also will be archived for listening on WMKY’s website (

Occasionally, word and phrase origins will be explored, often with a Kentucky connection or include poems and excerpts from other writings associated with the subject of the day.  Each episode will conclude with the phrase: “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year,” a quotation from noted American poet and essayist, Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“The Reader’s Notebook offers a glimpse, a peek over the shoulder, at the variety of notes an energetic reader might keep in a journal or datebook. I hope that MSPR’s listeners will find this new offering interesting, informative and something they will look forward to each day,” said Reeder.

Morehead State Public Radio (WMKY) broadcasts from the campus of Morehead State University to more than 20 counties throughout east Kentucky.

Additional information is available at 606-783-2001 and online at

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