Purple Martins Have Arrived In Berea!

Berea resident and Purple Martin landlord, Melody Richmond, join Troy and Della to share the good news that Purple Martins have made it back to Berea for Spring 2018!

Here are some pictures of Melody’s Purple Martin Birdhouse and Gourds!

Melody is so proud of this picture!
Purple Martin Birdhouse and Gourds.
You can just hear the dawn calls…

Here is a brief video of baby Purple Martins in the nest…

Here is a brief video of Purple Martins fluttering around their birdhouse and gourds…

Melody shared her contact information on the show (just click on the green arrow at the top of the page to listen). Feel free to reach out to us over at www.facebook.com/thebereapodcast  if you would like us to connect you with Melody!

Mike Hogg’s New Year’s Resolutions

Mike Hogg visited our studio for this special episode!

For this first episode of 2018 we focus on new beginnings. We talk to Mike Hogg, former Superintendent for the Berea Independent School System. Mike shares information on his new position with Partners For Education and his new year’s resolutions.

Here are some links mentioned in this episode:

Berea Independent Schools
Partners For Education
Contact Your Kentucky Legislator

2017 Know-It-All Festival

Even the logo for the 2017 Know-It-All Festival is interesting!

October 7, 2017 was a very special day. The Madison County Public Library hosted their 5th Annual ‘Know-It-All Festival’. Click on the green arrow above and listen for more about this awesome event and learn how to make pizza crust!

Here is the FULL BROCHURE for the 2017 Know-It-All Festival.
Look at what you missed!!!

Have you ever seen a Pizza Screen? Here  is one!

This is apparently before you add the butter and put it in the oven the first time.

Have you ever seen a Pizza Docker? Here is one!

Do this with a Pizza Docker for no bubbles in your crust.

Are you interested in learning more about next year’s event or do you have some unique knowledge you would like to share? Email Athena at athena@madisonlibrary.org!

See you there!


Here is a Still Photo, get it?
Get the joke? It’s a photo of a still…

This special episode features an interview from the digital oral histories found online in Berea College’s Special Collections. The subject of the interview is Bethel Cornette from Perry County. The interview was conducted and recorded by David T. Evans, a then-student at Berea College, for a class lead Dr. Richard Drake. The interview was conducted in January, 1973. Enjoy!

Click the green arrow above to play the episode!

Below are links related to this episode:

Here is a link to the ‘Search Page’ that also has the contact information for Berea College Special Collections. Start Here.

Here is the page that the interview of Bethel Cornette came from: Click Here.

Look for Item One in Box One on that page. You should see the name ‘Bethel Cornette’ listed there.

‘What?’ You say??? There is a part two of Bethel’s interview??? Yes, there is! Simply Click Here to go to the page to find the online player for the second half of the interview. Just click on the play button and listen.

Here is the magic of what you just did.

You now know where the Special Collection Search Page is. You know how to scroll down a page to find something specific you are interested in, and then click on the play button and listen.

You have all the skills to discover all the gems that the Special Collections has to offer online!

Let us know what you find!!!

The Weather In Berea

Bill Meck, WLEX TV

Troy and Della welcome Bill Meck to this week’s Berea Podcast. He breaks down what differentiates Berea from other towns  – meteorologically speaking, of course!

Bill Meck is the Chief Meteorologist at WLEX Channel 18 in Lexington, Ky. From the kindness of his big, big heart he recorded his thoughts and research on the weather in Berea.

Click here or on the play button above to hear this week’s episode!

The Pros of Living in a College Town

Click the ‘Play’ button below to hear this on-location episode!

Attending this performance of The Complete Performers presented by the Berea College Department of Music spurred interviews with how the EPG Program benefits the City of Berea.

We had great seats for ‘The Complete Performer’

The Pirates of Penzance

The 14th Cohort of Berea College’s Entrepreneurship for the Public Good

Hiking – EPG style!

The Librarians


Click the ‘Play’ button below to hear this on-location episode!

Have you been in the Berea Location of the Madison County Public Library recently? It is not your traditional library! Listen to this ‘on-location’ episode with interviews of two real librarians in their natural environment. Thank you to Carrie and Shelley for taking part in this special episode!

Links to the library: