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.

Old Kentucky Tales S5, Ep5: Pictures of 1950s Paducah

May 22, 2019

Jason and Brent are joined by McCracken County Library historian Nathan Lynn once again, who brings along some new photos to discuss - this time of 1950s people and places in the Paducah area.  They focus especially on the first buildings at our own West Kentucky Community and Technical College.  You can check out more many images at our Instagram account.  And leave comments on Instagram, iTunes, NPR.org or right here. 

This episode features Fake History Sponsors for the 1950s Oldsmobile Rocket 8 and the Bel-Air Drive-In Theatre double feature with Anne Baxter and Clark Gable.  OKT is produced by sound engineer Todd Birdsong at WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.

Here is a previous episode with Nathan about the 1937 flood:  https://www.wkms.org/post/old-kentucky-tales-s3-ep7-stranded-jc-penneys-stories-1937-flood-nathan-lynn


  Brent and Jason discuss examples of the wit of President Abraham Lincoln and wife Mary Todd Lincoln.  Fake History Sponsors include an ad for a 1935 cure for the husband's complaining, on-edge condition.  Also included is an 1918 efficiency cabinet for the kitchen. OKT is released on Tuesdays and you can add your comments at wkms.org, iTunes and Instagram.  This podcast is produced by sound engineer Todd Birdsong at WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.

 


Old Kentucky Tales S5, Ep3: The Making of a River Widow

May 7, 2019

  Jason and Brent speak to a new guest, author Ann Creel.  Her new book is called The River Widow, about a murder that gets covered up by the 1937 flood.  In five weeks, we will release a special live recording event for our 50th episode.  OKT is released on Tuesdays and you can add your comments on iTunes and Instagram.   

Fake History Sponsors include an ad for the 1875 book exposing the life and escape of Brigham Young's 19th wife.  Also included is an old ad for men's chincilla and melton hats and boots.  OKT is produced by sound engineer Todd Birdsong at WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.

 


   Brent and Jason finally discuss a longtime symbol of Kentucky and marketing icon, Col. Harland Sanders.  Born across the river in Indiana in 1890, Sanders went on to start KFC and star in countless commercials and promotions.  Tell us what you think about OKT with comments on iTunes and Instagram.  You can also here us on the Amazon Fire podcast app and at NPR.org. 

This episode features Fake History Sponsors: a 1915 ad for ladies' brassieres and mail order wigs from the 1850s. OKT is produced by sound engineer Todd Birdsong at WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.

 


Old Kentucky Tales S5, Ep1: Showdown in Motown

Apr 23, 2019

Brent and Jason kick off Season 5 with a first hand account of the 1967 riots in Detroit, Michigan with guest Jim Woltman.  Coming soon in Season 5, we will feature a special live recording event for OKT's 50th episode.  Tell us what you think about OKT with comments on iTunes and Instagram. 

This episode starts the The Long Lunch segment with some juvenile audio tricks and our Fake History Sponsors include 1914 worm medication for kids and 1898 deer take out food orders. OKT is produced by sound engineer Todd Birdsong at WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.

 

 


Jason and Brent add yet another Christmas special for the holiday season and look at the story of an early Kentucky Christmas party and dance, best expressed in the photo here. 

Kidstorians discuss those early McDonald's prices.  And Fake History Sponsors include a gift ad of a rolling stand made for early office machines and an 1898 ad for Christmas Whiskey!  OKT is produced by sound engineer Todd Birdsong at WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.

  

  

  

In this episode, Brent and Jason look at the electoral shift seen in Kentucky from 1980 to the current era.  Kidstorians discuss those early McDonald's prices.  And Fake History Sponsors include 1984 discounted Christmas merchandise and a breakdancing contest at Walmart, also in 1984.  OKT is produced by sound engineer Todd Birdsong at WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.

In this episode, Jason and Brent look at a very candid letter written by Thomas Stone, an American soldier on the Western Front in France during World War I.  Fake History Sponsors include an ad for 10 big shows of circuses, menageries, aviaries, aquariums and museums all merged together and traveling the country in 1899.  We also hear a 1950's ad for taking out a loan to go on vacation.  OKT is produced by sound engineer Todd Birdsong at WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.   

 

Old Kentucky Tales S4, Ep7: Beware Of Goat

Dec 5, 2018

  

  

In this episode, Brent invites fellow WKCTC professor David Nickell to tell a story of rural life, cable repairmen and a friendly pet goat.  Jason joins in and speaks with an odd sound to his voice; it turns out his mic was on backwards...  The Kidstorians look at a 1940's gas station and our Fake History Sponsors include a 1975 septic service and 1888's Mustang Liniment for man and beast!  OKT is produced by sound engineer Todd Birdsong at WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.   

Brent and Jason speak with special guest author James Markert about his book "The Angels' Share", from HarperCollins Publishing.  We look back at the Prohibition era with stories of its impact on Kentucky.  Then we bounce from Deadwood to The Great Gatsby and the speakeasies in that day.  The Kidstorians check out a photo of an old tank and Fake History Sponsors include 1899 Pabst Malt for teachers and a message to Mr. Bootlegger that prohibition does not work!  OKT is produced by sound engineer Todd Birdsong at WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.  You can hear Part 1 of James Markert's podcast interview here: 

http://www.wkms.org/post/old-kentucky-tales-s3-ep12-bonus-what-blooms-dust-interview-author-james-markert


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