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 S7, Ep6: Some Jerk Put An Egg In My Soda

Jan 7, 2021

Brent and Jason take a look at the explosion of soda fountains at the turn of the century, when young and old lined the drugstore counter to watch a soda jerk make an egg phosphate or cherry root soda. The Fake History Sponsors are a 1971 microphone to use in your car and The Safer Soda Fountain, with more classic Driving Tips.  Share comments here or on the Apple Podcasts app, iTunes or NPROne.  Old Kentucky Tales is produced by sound engineer Todd Birdsong at WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.

  

Old Kentucky Tales S7, Ep5: COVID-1918!

Dec 30, 2020

Brent and Jason restarted recording Season 7 with this seemingly obligatory episode on the pandemic, that is, the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic!  They take a quick look at the similarities of that time with life in 2020, with a story of a pastor who defies local stay-at-home orders. The Fake History Sponsors are more old ads(!) with Impregnating Cows, The Artificial Way and 1970's Home Pedicures For Seniors, with another classic Driving Tip.  Share comments here or on the Apple Podcasts app, iTunes or NPROne.  Old Kentucky Tales is produced by sound engineer Todd Birdsong at WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.


Jason and Brent talk about cottage cheese. Yes, cottage cheese, for the entire episode.  So if you love cottage cheese, if you hate cottage cheese, if you are fascinated by World War 2 food rationing programs or if you have zero else to do, this episode is made for you.  The Fake History Sponsors are 1963's Blood Feast movie and a 1914 bank ad for Valentine's Day, with more Improper Driving PSAs.   This is the last episode recorded before the pandemic hiatus but Season 7 continues on next week with 6 more episodes to go.  Share comments here or on the Apple Podcasts app, iTunes or NPROne.  Old Kentucky Tales is produced by sound engineer Todd Birdsong at WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.


(This episode was recorded before the early 2020 pandemic hiatus.)  Brent and Jason discuss a tale of early 1800s political fisticuffs involving Kentucky Congressman Cassius Clay, for whom Muhammad Ali's father was named, who then passed his name to his son, the future world famous heavyweight boxing champion.  He changed his name to Muhammad Ali in 1964 when he converted to Islam.  The Fake History Sponsors are 1896's Spiral Fire Escape and Turtle Soup in 1948, with a segment on Improper Driving PSAs.  Share comments here or on the Apple Podcasts app, iTunes or NPROne.  Old Kentucky Tales is produced by sound engineer Todd Birdsong at WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.


(This episode was recorded before the early 2020 pandemic hiatus.) Brent and Jason's guest is Jarib Burnett, revealing funny and memorable events during his military service in the Missile Defense Force as well as his work as a "cool preacher".  The Fake History Sponsors are 1915's Stare-O Wax Man and a pair of Dueling Pistols from 1851, with a segment of Who Would Want It ads.  Share comments here or on the Apple Podcasts app, iTunes or NPROne.  Old Kentucky Tales is produced by sound engineer Todd Birdsong at WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.


Brent and Jason return for a 7th season!  Our first 4 episodes were recorded before OKT went on hiatus in March with the rest of the planet; the last 6 episodes were recorded 5 months later. They talk to Alexander Watson, author of the book River Queens: Saucy Boat, Stout Mates, Spotted Dog, America. Joined by his partner and intrepid shipmate, Dale Harris, they detail their refurbishing of a 1950s wooden Chris-Craft boat, visiting towns and rivers as they sail from Oklahoma to Ohio.  The Fake History Sponsors are the 1915 Cloverport, KY Barbeque and The Modern Hotel of the Cumberland Mountains. Share comments here or on the Apple Podcasts app, iTunes or NPROne.  Old Kentucky Tales is produced by sound engineer Todd Birdsong at WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.


Jason and Brent look back at the much revered Gettysburg Address through the eyes of someone present with President Lincoln that day, Congressman Edward McPherson.  His account details the moments leading up to the speech, how the crowd reacted at the time and just how Lincoln went about preparing his remarks.  And they take a look at specific fans-of-the-show comments so keep those comments coming!  The Fake History Sponsors are the World War I Trophy Train and the 1956 Ford Station Wagon.  Share comments here or on the Apple Podcasts app, iTunes or NPROne.  Old Kentucky Tales is produced by sound engineer Todd Birdsong at WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.


Jason and Brent look back at 1980's technology and prices compared to today, including the Commodore 64, large televisions, stereos, VCRs, car phones and interest rates (with some food talk thrown in as well).  And they take note of two random Instagram followers of OKT in an effort to see who is listening!  The Fake History Sponsors are from the 1920's: Shoes With No Nails and a Sunstroke Sale at Merz Brothers.  Share comments here or on the Apple Podcasts app, iTunes or NPROne.  Old Kentucky Tales is produced by sound engineer Todd Birdsong at WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.


Old Kentucky Tales S6, Ep8: Ye Old Yucky Christmas Foods

Dec 16, 2019

Brent and Jason check out some odd traditional dishes from Christmas advertisements in the early 1900's. Some are just old fashioned and some are hard to imagine ever being eaten.  The Fake History Sponsors are St. Bernard Mining's Company Store Christmas from 1913 and A Lamp For Christmas! at Brown's China Palace during 1900. Share comments here or on the Apple Podcasts app, iTunes or NPROne.  Old Kentucky Tales is produced by sound engineer Todd Birdsong at WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.


Old Kentucky Tales S6, Ep7: One-Eyed Kit Knows How To Party

Dec 3, 2019

Brent and Jason look at an account of the greatest celebration in the early years of Louisville, built around a shooting contest and cockfighting as told through the words of former slave Harry Smith. They also make an attempt at a dramatic reading of the last scene of the movie Slingblade.  The Fake History Sponsors are 1901's Johnston's Sarsaparilla for Suffering Women and Grape Nuts in 1921. Share comments here or on the Apple Podcasts app, iTunes or NPROne.  Old Kentucky Tales is produced by sound engineer Todd Birdsong at WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.


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