Kentuckians produce radio show about Medgar Evers


WUKY-91.3 FM has produced a one-hour show in observance of the 50th anniversary of the death of civil rights leader Medgar Evers that will air at 2 p.m. Aug. 31 and 7 p.m. Sept. 2, Labor Day.

The show shares the title of Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers by Kentucky poet laureate Frank X Walker , on which it is based.

Turn Me Loose will feature Walker, also an associate professor of English at the University of Kentucky, reading from the book of poetry and historical background from UK history professor Gerald Smith, and commentary from UK voice professor Everett McCorvey, who grew up in Montgomery, Ala., during the civil rights movement. It is hosted by musician DeBraun Thomas, who produced the show with WUKY general manager Tom Godell and director of operations John Lumagui. It features music from the era, some performed by the Lexington-based American Spiritual Ensemble.

“Frank X Walker has the uncanny ability to get inside the heads of his subjects and tell us not only what they were thinking but why,” Godell said in a news release. “In making the radio show, DeBraun Thomas has done an exceptional job of supplementing Walker’s powerful verse with the music and voices of 1963.”

The show is being distributed nationally by PRX, the Public Radio Exchange, and can be heard at