Asia Burnett

Development Director

Asia has been hooked on NPR ever since first hearing Garrison Keillor talk about that extraordinary species: the English major. A Murray State gal through and through, she studied English and a whole slew of Liberal Arts as an undergrad and went on to get her Master of Business Administration. Asia worked as a legal secretary before following her passion for public radio to WKMS and becoming our underwriting representative for the Murray-Mayfield area this past year. In January, 2013, Asia moved from Underwriting Representative to Development Director.

She says getting to interact with uniquely thoughtful and intelligent WKMS listeners each day is a treat for both her and the businesses that lend their underwriting support. If you’re a business owner looking to underwrite with the station, you can find her grooving to The Jive House, drooling over Splendid Table or generally learning something new from WKMS. She also enjoys homemade guacamole, zombie reenactments, and Johnny Mathis Christmas music. 

Ways to Connect

Join us for a night of LIVE jazz and old-time radio this Tuesday, April 25th at 7:30.  You’ll be in the audience for a live show, complete with applause signs and comedic hosts, Dr. Trey & Dr. Vee.

Under the direction of Café Jazz host, Dr. Todd Hill, you’ll hear from five MSU jazz ensembles, including the award-winning Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Band, Jazz Lab Big Band, and the Blue and Gold Jazz Combos.

Hear favorites including: Blue Bossa, Sweet Georgia Brown, Boogie Blues, Sway, and They Can’t Take That Away From Me.

Milkweed Health & Harmony Emporium

Well, it's official. We're feeling the need for spring. And Milkweed Health & Harmony Emporium in Hopkinsville seems like a perfect place to find that after-rain rejuvenation and freshness we're looking for. 

Art & Design at MSU, via Facebook

Murray State University history professor Dr. Duane Bolin joins Todd Hatton on Sounds Good to talk about the historical significance of the WPA (Works Progress Administration) on our region; and the Murray State all-day Symposium Friday that features a holistic, interdepartmental approach to the WPA Federal Arts Project, coinciding with the WPA art, photo, and other exhibits across campus this month.

San Francisco Pier 43 by David P. Chun

Murray State’s Department of Art and Design brings the New Deal Depression-era to life this month, with exhibits across campus for Art for the People: WPA and New Deal Programs in Kentucky and Beyond.  In an effort to help better understand the broader context of these artworks and the work of the WPA, they also host a one-day symposium this Friday, March 11 from 10 to 7, with tours, lectures, roundtables and tutorials from professors across various disciplines.

Listeners assemble!

There's something super-heroic about supporting your public radio home, and G's Comics in Murray is definitely up for the task. 

Courtesy Mike Smith Toyota

November is all about being thankful. And this year we're thankful to have Mike Smith Toyota as an underwriting partner. 

In the new year, they'll have served the community for 25 years. And General Manger, Travis Smith, says there is something to that level of experience. "People can choose to purchase and service vehicles at many different dealerships. What we're committed to is being a different dealer. And that comes down to the staff. Not the building, location or even the brands - it's really the individuals who serve our customers." 

photo provided by Red Light Management

Mandolinist, composer, singer, MacArthur Genius Grant recipient and future host of A Prairie Home Companion Chris Thile talks about his time as a student in Murray, on Sounds Good with Tracy Ross, ahead of his performance October 29 at Lovett Auditorium, benefiting the Murray State Music Department. Also, Asia Burnett speaks with Tina Bernot, MSU Interim Executive Director of Development, about how the concert came to be and how the scholarship will be used.

Asia Burnett, WKMS

28 years ago a teenaged Tracy Ross bought U2's The Joshua Tree on cassette tape at Murray's Terrapin Station. And so his love affair with music and all things Terrapin Station began. Membership Director Jenni Todd still remembers buying her first ever CD there (Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band), in 1994.

In the past 30 years, Terrapin Station has been a consistent and vital part of the local music scene and has built both an awareness of great music and a sense of shared community. WKMS Program Director Tracy Ross says, "It's amazing a town the size of Murray has a shop like this. They have survived the decline and rebirth of vinyl, and have been a huge part of my life for 3 decades." 

Courtesy of Swank Motion Pictures, Warner Brothers

Andrew Black of Murray State's Cinema International ponders artificial intelligence and what it means to be human ahead of tonight's showing of Blade Runner The Final Cut at Murray State's Curris Center Theatre.

"Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Well, if they do, doesn’t that make them essentially human? Tales of computers coming to life come out all the time, and while we’ve yet to enter the Matrix, we still think about what would happen if our technology decided to take on a mind of its own. Maybe we’re not so worried that our toaster or our alarm clock is going to take over the world, but we continue to be gripped by concepts of “artificial intelligence.” 

poster provided

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Find out when WKMS teams up with MSU's Cinema International to host a one-night showing of science fiction cult-classic Blade Runner. We'll be showing "The Final Cut." 

Join us for a free showing and a celebration of science in the Curris Center Theatre on campus: Friday, September 11 at 7:30 p.m.