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‘That Was Radio’ to premiere May 27

Morehead State Public Radio (WMKY, 90.3FM) will take a nostalgic trip back to the past with a new program exploring the 'golden years of radio.'

Leon Smothers is the creator, writer and host of “That Was Radio.”

In addition to providing an overview of radio programs from the 1930s through 1950s, “That Was Radio” will go behind the programs to explore the personalities and events that inspired and shaped those programs. Along the way, the series will examine how the shows were made, and discuss their importance and impact on radio.

Smothers is a retired civil engineer who lives with his wife Molly on a small farm in Rowan County. In addition to raising sheep, his interests include watching old B-movies, traveling scenic back roads, collecting vintage radios and listening to old-time radio programs.

“Radio is not passive and involves active listening,” said Smothers. “Similar to reading a book, a person listening to radio drama is as much a part of the creative process as the cast and crew that produced it. The pictures that are created in the minds of listeners are as unique and unlimited as their imaginations.”

The first episode will air Sunday, May 27, at 3 p.m. and repeat at 9 a.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28. Additional programs will air about every two months and will be archived on WMKY’s website (

“I hope this series will provide some of the background needed for a new audience to better understand old-time radio and overall, to enjoy it even more,” added Smothers.

Morehead State Public Radio (WMKY) broadcasts from the campus of Morehead State University to more than 20 counties throughout Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia.

Additional information is available by contacting Paul Hitchcock, MSPR general manager, at 606-783-2001 or online at