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UConnections radio program spotlights local high schools


Williamsburg, Ky. – A new radio show of its kind for University of the Cumberlands (UC) own WCCR 94.5 lp-FM, UConnections premieres this semester featuring a unique blend of admissions information and local high school success stories. Recorded live from the Patriot Steakhouse, UConnections airs once a week from 6-7 pm and features four local high schools with interviews from a variety of sources.

The program is the result of a partnership between WCCR, Admissions and Multimedia Services and is hosted by UC’s Grant Doepel and Jordyne Gunthert. Initially proposed as an outlet for high school sports on WCCR, UConnections has developed into an hour long program that spotlights local high schools while answering relevant admissions and general college questions.


The UConnections tagline, “Shining the Light on High School Success”, explains the first part of what Gunthert describes as a two-fold purpose. “This show isn’t just about UC – it’s about celebrating the work being done by students and faculty at the local high school levels… and demonstrating how extra-curricular activities, sports, and community involvement will benefit high school students in their college search. As for Admissions, the counselors are already in a uniquely qualified position to be a liaison between the University and local high schools. They play a key part in forging the connections between UC and prospective students, and it only makes sense to see them active on this front as well.”

Throughout the duration of the program this semester, UConnections will feature interviews and questions from students, faculty, coaches and counselors from four different high schools including Williamsburg, Whitley County, Corbin and McCreary County. Each school will be featured one Tuesday a month.

UC Admissions counselor Hayley Rice was a recent representative from the University featured on the show, along with representatives from Corbin High School. Among the benefits of utilizing a new platform to reach prospective students, Rice believes that the program offers important information to the high schools.

“High school students that listen to the show gain information that many students either may not know about or haven’t actively sought out. For instance, this past show we had several teachers on discussing community service opportunities for students, which is something that looks awesome on a college application,” Rice said.

UConnections airs every Tuesday from 6-7 pm on 94.5 WCCR and is recorded live from the recently opened Patriot Steakhouse. You can listen on the radio locally or online at or join the action and dine at the Patriot Steakhouse while listening to the event.

For more information about the program, upcoming talks and high school schedules, “Like” UConnections on Facebook or email Jordyne Gunthert at

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.