Here is our Byline rundown for today (full audio available below):
At the top – The stage is set for Kentucky’s primary elections. The deadline for major party candidates to declare for office was Tuesday. We talk about who’s running and who’s not in the local and state races with WFPL’s Phillip Bailey, Joseph L0rd, and Kentucky Public Radio Frankfort Bureau Chief Jonathan Meador.
10:40 – As mentioned, there are several races this year for seats in the Kentucky General Assembly. Kentucky Public Radio Frankfort Bureau Chief Jonathan Meador talks about the upcoming legislative races and this week’s developments in the Kentucky General Assembly.
18:15 – The effort to write a gay marriage ban into Indiana’s constitution cleared a major legislative hurdle this week, but not without a major change to the measure. We get an update from Brandon Smith, who covers the statehouse for Indiana Public Media.
22:15 – New state data shows that half of Kentucky’s kindergarten students are prepared for school when they enter the public education system. Though students in Jefferson County are slightly better prepared. This school year was the first year all kindergarten students in the commonwealth were tested for readiness. The state measured each child’s emotional and academic skills as they entered school. WFPL’s Devin Katayama has more.
27:45 – Our sister station Classical 90.5, WUOL, is launching a new feature in February that highlights the contributions of African American musicians to classical music in America. The series is produced and hosted by Classical 90.5’s Daniel Gilliam. We hear one of the features examining the life and work of soprano Leontyne Price.
31:40 – In 1964, two high school students interviewed Louis Armstrong in his dressing room after a concert at Ravinia, outside Chicago. The interview went unheard until a recent episode of the radio series Blank on Blank. Armstrong talks about “keeping up the chops,” and how he made it from an orphanage to becoming one of the most famous musicians in the world.
36:25 – WFPL’s Arts and Humanities reporter Erin Keane speaks with Sarah Lindgren, the new Public Art Administrator for Metro Louisville, a post proposed in the city’s public art master plan and added in the most recent metro budget. She started in January. And we close Byline with the brief story of how WFPK’s Sean Cannon remixed an American kitsch classic with his celebrity-studded cover of The Super Bowl Shuffle.