Al Arbogast is the News Director at Talk 104 / 93 WKCT and co-host of the The Morning Show. Al was born in Atlanta but grew up in Kentucky, attending elementary schools in Paducah, Louisville, Lexington and Erlanger. High school years were spent at St. Henry in Erlanger before attending college at the University of Kentucky. After graduation, he completed a year-long apprenticeship at Actors Theater of Louisville.
His first job in radio was a part time position at WCND-AM in Shelbyville, followed by four years at WSTL-AM.
His career at WKCT began in 1979 as a Sunday morning announcer before becoming a full-time announcer the following year. In 1981, he moved to the news department and became News Director in August of that year. From that point on, he has been the morning news person and has worked with several announcers, including a more than 20-year stint with the late Darrell Duvall.
Over the last 30+ years, he has had the opportunity to meet a lot of great people, cover many stories and, in some cases, have a front row seat to history being made.
Memorable events include visits by Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton; Presidential candidates George H.W. Bush, Michael Dukakis, George W. Bush, Elizabeth Dole and Hillary Clinton.
He has been married to Lillie since 1980 and they have been long-time members of St Joseph Catholic Church. They have two adults sons: John, a lawyer in Chicago and Army Sergeant Kevin, a member of the Army Band in Germany. The latest additions to the family are his grandchildren Jack, William and Maisy who live with their parents in Chicago.
Anita Parra is a co-host of La Nuestra. She is a 2018 WKU graduate with a paralegal and legal history degree. She is Co-leader of BGRASP, a non-profit that focuses on promoting higher education in the Latino community as well as promoting community unity. She is also a founder of BG FIESTAVAL, a Latin community based event that promotes community integration.
Through these organizations she has gained the experience needed to continue with the efforts of La Nuestra to bring local news and information necessary to the Spanish-speaking community. From interviews with local businesses & colleges to city commissioners and state representatives, the show continues to bridge the gap between Spanish-speaking people in the community.
Joanna Coles is the County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources with the UK Cooperative Extension Service since January 1999. In her position, she brings farmers up to date on researched based information to help them increase profitability, manage risk and identify and diagnose problem areas on their farm. She has been nationally recognized for her work in agriculture awareness by the National Association of Agriculture Agents.
Joanna began hosting Ag Connections in 2012 and also hosts the Farm & Home show on WBKO at 4:55 a.m. Mondays thru Fridays. You can catch her Country Cottage segments on the Local Cable Channel 195 airing at 6:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. where she presents topics related to farms, food, family and fun to improve your life!
Joanna graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. She received her Master’s degree in Agriculture from Western Kentucky University. When she is not working; you can find Joanna spending time with her family at the farm in Auburn, managing “Jenna’s Kitchen” and “The Coles Life” on social media platforms or attending Hillvue Heights Church.
Michael Lee Scott
Michael Lee Scott is the host of Southern Gospel which first aired in March of 2011. Michael was helping WKCT Program Director Chad Young with high school football and broadcasts when they had a conversation about a Sunday morning music program. The rest, as they say, is history.
Michael started his broadcast career at the age of 15 at a small radio station in his hometown. While attending Lindsey Wilson, he worked as an on call broadcaster at the station in Columbia, KY and did fill in work when others needed to be off. After graduating form Lindsey Wilson Junior College in 1974, Michael was hired full time at that station for the morning shift at the same hometown station for about 2 years. He then accepted a position at a station in Greensburg, Kentucky where he worked for about 8 months. Being married at the time, he felt a desire to move to other types of work that possibly paid a little better, but keep his feet into broadcasting part-time for the next 20 years.
Since the program’s inception, Michael obtained his college degree in May of 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in radio and television production and a minor in sales. He believes this has improved tremendously his ability to put together a quality program and ministry. He enjoys playing the music he grew up listening to while providing others with comfort and inspiration when needed.