Chad Lampe

News Director & Assistant Station Manager

Chad Lampe, a Poplar Bluff, Missouri native, was raised on radio. He credits his father, a broadcast engineer, for his technical knowledge, and his mother for the gift of gab. At ten years old he broke all bonds of the FCC and built his own one watt pirate radio station. His childhood afternoons were spent playing music and interviewing classmates for all his friends to hear. At fourteen he began working for the local radio stations, until he graduated high school. He earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology at Murray State, and a Masters Degree in Mass Communication. In November, 2011, Chad was named Assistant Station Manager.

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2010

1st Place - Best Hard News - Ice Storm Overview

1st Place - Best Continuing Coverage - Ice Storm (staff)

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2009

2nd Place - Best Public Affairs - TV Goes Digital

2nd Place - Best Special Series - Fueling the Purchase (staff)

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2008

Second Place Best Hard News Feature

Honorable Mention Best Light News Feature

Honorable Mention Best Use of Sound

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2007

Honorable Mention Best Public Service

Honorable Mention Best Hard News Feature

Second Place Best Use of Sound

Kentucky Public Radio Student Awards 2007

First Place Best Hard News Feature

Second Place Best Public Service

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Society
9:01 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Roads Closed with Some Motorists Stranded

Credit transportation.ky.gov

With 6 to 10 inches of snow across the region, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is urging people to stay home. KTC spokesman Keith Todd said some areas are seeing 15 inches of snow and 2 foot snow drifts are fairly common. Todd said this storm has been more difficult than last month’s due to near blizzard conditions. 

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Education
3:43 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

MSU Board of Regents Approve Tuition Increase and Honors College

Credit nse.org

Murray State University's Board of Regents approved a tuition increase and the establishing of an Honors College during its quarterly meeting today. 

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Society
10:06 am
Fri February 20, 2015

What’s Happening with the West Kentucky Polar Plunge Saturday

Credit Special Olympics of Kentucky-Polar Plunge Shutterfly

 

The annual Special Olympics fundraiser is scheduled to proceed with a few minor changes.

Organizer Laura Miller says the plunge is still scheduled and the pre-registration event will happen as planned tonight from 4:00-6:00 at the Kentucky Dam Village Convention Center. The 5k has been canceled.

 

Miller says tonight is a good time to bring in the collected donations and pick up t-shirts and other incentives. She encourages attendance tonight because the possibility of freezing rain tomorrow may keep some participants from attending the plunge.

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Education
10:15 am
Mon February 16, 2015

(UPDATE: Arrangements Changed) Longtime Murray State Supporter & Administrator Jim Carter Dies

Jim Carter
Credit MSU Public Relations

UPDATE: Jim Carter's funeral has officially been postponed one day due to weather, per the Carter family. Visitation is TUESDAY from 4-8 pm at Heritage Funeral Home. The funeral is now WEDNESDAY at 2 pm at Lovett Auditorium. Please help share this change.

Long-time Murray State Administrator Jim Carter passed away over the weekend after a battle with cancer. Carter most recently served as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement which included oversight of WKMS.

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Education
4:51 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

CPE's Aaron Thompson on His Appalachian Upbringing, Integration, Achievement Gaps

Credit Chad Lampe / WKMS

Aaron Thompson talked with Chad Lampe on Sounds Good about his upbringing during integration and struggles schools and teachers face today. Listen to the full interview below.

 


  Aaron Thompson is an outlier. The eastern Kentucky native is the son of an illiterate coal miner father who, he says, signed his name with an X. Thompson's mother held the highest level education in his family. She graduated from the eighth grade. But now, Thompson has risen through the academic ranks to be the chief academic officer for Kentucky's Council on Post-Secondary Education.

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Environment
11:17 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Two County Leaders Critical of Land Management Techniques at Land Between the Lakes

Map of LBL with proposed landscape work.
Credit Wade White/Facebook

Two western Kentucky Judge Executives are concerned about the U.S. Forest Service’s land management activities at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

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Business
10:46 am
Mon February 9, 2015

27 Radio Shacks On Closure List in Kentucky... Murray Not Included

Credit facebook

Murray’s Radio Shack may have avoided closure in the company’s recent announcement to close twenty-four hundred stores. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week.  

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Education
6:16 pm
Sun February 8, 2015

Students Rally for Gender Equality in Madisonville

From left, Madisonville-North Hopkins High School student Brittany Eden, 17, MNHHS student Alyssa Bryant, 17, Hopkins County Central High School transgender student Jessica Martin, 17, and HCCHS student Kailee Sutherland, 16, rally Saturday for transgender bathroom rights at Hopkins County Schools at the old courthouse building in downtown Madisonville.
Credit Jessica Dockery, Lead Reporter for the The Madisonville Messenger newspaper

The fight for transgender rights continues at Madisonville-North Hopkins High School. 15 to 20 students and community members rallied Saturday on the old courthouse lawn in downtown Madisonville.  

Organizers currently have more than 300 signatures on a petition circulating the school. The petition requests teachers call students by their preferred pronouns and to allow students to use bathrooms for the gender of their choosing.  Currently transgender students are asked to use handicap/unisex restrooms. The Madisonville Messenger’s Lead Reporter Jessica Dockery covered the weekend rally.

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Sports
4:45 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

'Dirty Power' Causes TV Outage for Thousands of Super Bowl Viewers in Region

Credit By Zacabeb (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

  Local NBC affiliate WPSD-TV is apologizing Monday for outages that occurred during last night's Super Bowl.  The station’s over-the-air signal was interrupted multiple times during the game’s third quarter due to a seemingly complicated power issue at the station’s transmission site. WPSD explained the details of an investigation into the outage in a press release:

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Education
2:13 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

MSU President Bob Davies Talks State Government, Higher Education and a Campus Tobacco Ban

Murray State University President Bob Davies.

Murray State University President Dr. Bob Davies stopped by WKMS for a Sounds Good discussion that ranged from MSU’s position in the state legislature to a much-discussed tobacco ban and even some Racer football. Here’s a quick look at the conversation.

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