John Patrick

Host / Music Director

I was born and raised in Peru, Indiana, along with musician Cole Porter and basketball player Kyle Macy, but not at the same time. They were a bit older. Cole’s niece was in love with me in the 1st grade. Little did I know, she was one of the heirs to his publishing fortune, or I might have shown more interest. Hind sight is 20/20, especially in the 1st grade.

I didn’t know what I wanted to do after high school and today I’m still not sure. I started in radio in Peru, right out of high school in 1983. I spent most of the late '80s and early '90s in the world’s greatest college town, Bloomington, Indiana, which has an incredible local music scene. I was Music Director at WTTS during this time, back when they were a great new Triple A station.

I’ve done just about every job in radio, even Sales and Management, which are ok, but being able to play great music every day is best. I think it’s safe to say that no one has had more luck or more fun than me.

There’s always more than one great song on a album!

Thanks for listening to WNKU.


2:32 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Dwight Yoakam and Arlo Guthrie Talk Turkey on WNKU

Dwight Yoakam

Tune in to WNKU on Thanksgiving morning at 11:00 am for music and an exclusive conversation with country/Americana legend, Dwight Yoakam.  Dwight talks with WNKU's John Patrick about everything in WNKU land - from Pikeville to the Cut In The Hill, his next acting role and, of course, his new CD , "3 pears".  And, if we know anything about John, he'll be talking about his role in the 1996 film, Sling Blade. 

November CD of the Month
12:00 am
Sun October 28, 2012

Ben Gibbard's 'Former Lives'

October CD of the Month
5:00 am
Mon October 1, 2012

John Hiatt - "Mystic Pinball"

The CD of the Month for October comes to you from an experienced John Hiatt.


While it's our 10th CD this year, Mystic Pinball marks number 23 in Hiatt's discography. Hiatt has no-doubt proven his multitalented nature over his nearly 40 years of writing and performing music, and this album stands as a testament to his dedication to this incredible career.

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September CD of the Month
2:47 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band - "Between The Ditches"

August CD of the Month
4:24 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Shovels & Rope - "O' Be Joyful"

In the Studio
11:44 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Madi Diaz Visits WNKU

WNKU has had a difficult time getting enough of this 25-year-old Nashville-based musician. Don't let her youth fool you, she's hiding a powerful and soulful voice in her small frame. Madi was kind enough to pay WNKU a visit just before she headed over to the Bunbury Music Festival. She also shared some laughs with John Patrick and Bob the engineer.

In the Studio
11:19 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Irish Lovin' from The Elders

Many laughs were shared when The Elders paid WNKU's John Patrick, a visit last week. The group shared several stories about their annual returns to front-man Ian Byrne's home in Wicklow, Ireland to perform. Byrne and his American counterparts make up the group, The Elders, who greatly enjoy the challenge of describing their unique sound. The Elders have achieved a very unique sound, and an equally difficult task  is describing exactly what it is that they play.

June CD of the Month
10:28 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Rodney Crowell - "KIN"

The CD of the Month for June is Rodney Crowell's "Kin"


FROM RODNEYCROWELL.COM: Grammy Award-winner Rodney Crowell and New York Times best-selling author Mary Karr are scheduled to release KIN, SONGS BY MARY KARR AND RODNEY CROWELL on Vanguard Records June 5, 2012. Produced by Joe Henry, KIN marks the first collaboration between the two writers and is Karr's entry into the world of music.

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In the Studio
12:55 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Scott Miller at WNKU

Scott Miller was kind enough to stop by WNKU's studio to play a few tunes. Though he left behind the rest of the Commonwealth, he managed to bring along a past member of the Commonwealth, Rayna Gellert. Miller and Gellert met at West Virginia's Mountain Stage last year, and have been friends and performing buddies ever since. Together they have a brand new EP entitled, "CoDEPENDENTS". It's a five-song collection of Miller's story-telling songwriting, polished with the talented musical abilities of Rayna Gellert.

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CD of the Month
11:54 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Paul Thorn - "What the Hell is Goin' On?"

The CD of the Month for May is Paul Thorn's "What The Hell is Goin' On?"


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