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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Education
11:46 am
Wed December 17, 2014

MSU President Talks Tobacco Ban, University Marketing Shifts

Murray State University President Bob Davies.

Murray State University President Bob Davies stopped by WKMS to discuss topics ranging from a long-discussed tobacco ban to the school’s overall marketing approach.

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Government
2:54 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

PPS Evaluates CEO Candidates, Mum on Finalists

Credit elycefeliz / Flickr (Creative Commons License)

Paducah Power Board Members evaluated 12 CEO applicants in a closed meeting today. The board has employed the national search firm, Dowdy Recruiting,  to find a new leader for the embattled power provider

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Government
4:21 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Ky Police Officers Refer to "Use-of-Force Continuum" when Subduing Subjects

Credit Department of Criminal Justice Training

After the death of Eric Garner in New York City, police tactics have come under scrutiny on the national level. 

In Kentucky, officers are taught when and if to use defensive tactics as prescribed by The Use-of-Force Continuum. 

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Higher Education
4:43 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

MSU's Board Changes Tobacco Policy, Passes Salary Increase and Learns of Org. Structural Change

MSU's Board of Regents and President Bob Davies during the December 4, 2014 meeting.
Credit Chad Lampe

Murray’s State’s Board of Regents meeting yielded some significant changes to the campus and its leadership structure Thursday. The quarterly meeting included a comprehensive report from Maguire Associates regarding marketing and tuition, and a change in the campus tobacco policy among other agenda items. The Board also approved a one percent raise for faculty and staff to be prorated from July 1, 2014 based on the university meeting enrollment and budgeting goals. The raise is capped for some top earners, and the base line raise is $250 for some of the lowest paid employees.

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Education
2:19 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Murray State Regents To Discuss Organizational Changes

Murray State University’s Board of Regents will consider organizational structure changes at is quarterly meeting tomorrow.

MSU President Bob Davies has hinted at the changes in previous interviews. Davies mentioned a marketing strategy for the university that he said could prompt some changes in that area.

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Culture
2:38 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

The Civil War in the Western Rivers - A WKMS News Documentary

This documentary originally aired in 2011.

An hour-long WKMS News production about the Union and Confederate confrontations, battles and tribulations in the Four Rivers Region, featuring a full performance cast.

Listen to this documentary:

Cast: 

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Politics
2:51 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

McCracken County Judge-Executive Debate: Bob Leeper v Jeff Hines

Independent Bob Leeper (left) and Democrat Jeff Hines (right)
Credit Lance Dennee

The candidates for McCracken County Judge-Executive laid out their plans for improving the local economy.

Democrat and former circuit judge Jeff Hines debated independent 2nd district state senator Bob Leeper for over 45 minutes at the Crisp Center on Murray State University Paducah Regional Campus. 

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Government
7:14 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Paducah Power May Tap Former American Public Power CEO For Interim Leadership

Mark Crisson
Credit American Public Power Association

 

Paducah Power Systems is hoping to land the former director of the American Public Power Association as its interim CEO while it proceeds with a longer search for a permanent replacement.

Mark Crisson recently led the A-P-P-A which advocates for municipal power agencies across the country.

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Education
5:00 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Bob Davies' Strategic Vision: "Murray State University is the University of Choice"

Murray State University President Bob Davies is moving forward with his strategic planning process. 

Davies presented his 2015-2022 Strategic Plan for improving the institution today at MSU's Freed Curd Auditorium.

The plan comes with the vision statement "Murray State University is the University of Choice." 

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Society
3:51 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

West Kentucky Coal: Places, People, and Power

Credit Austin Ramsey, WKMS

This documentary originally aired Sunday, September 1st, 2013.

In 2013 for the first time in over 50 years West Kentucky coal mines produced more than their eastern counterparts. Coal companies employ more than 4,000 people in 10 west Kentucky counties, and more than 90% of Kentucky’s power comes from this ancient mineral. But there is much more beyond these numbers. In the coming hour we explore West Kentucky Coal and its people, places and power in this WKMS News Documentary. 

SEGMENT 1 - PEOPLE

In our first story, Chad Lampe and Austin Ramsey head 800 feet below western Kentucky, to Warrior Coal’s Cardinal Mine #2 to uncover what miners do and why they do it.

Then, Whitney Jones speaks with Mike Foster, a retired miner from Greenville, Kentucky, about a less-than-desirable legacy of his career in the coal mines: black lung.  And she discovers that if he could, Foster would go back in a heartbeat.

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