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


5:10 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Retailers Connect in Murray for National Small Business Week

Aaron Dail, Chris Wooldridge and Chad Lampe talk National Small Business Week on Sounds Good
Credit Matt Markgraf, WKMS

District Director of the Kentucky Small Business Development Center in the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business at Murray State, Chris Wooldridge and President/CEO of the Murray-Calloway Chamber of Commerce Aaron Dail visit Sounds Good to speak with Chad Lampe about a Retailers Roundtable in Murray Wednesday morning as part of the observance of National Small Business Week, which includes information about a new tool being developed for small business to make actionable change and decisions based on local market data. 

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2:18 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Murray State, Kentucky Leaders Break Ground On Engineering Physics Building

Credit Chad Lampe / WKMS

Murray State University leaders and Gov. Steve Beshear turned the ceremonial first shovel of dirt for a $37 million campus construction project today. The Engineering Physics Buildings is the final stage of MSU’s Gene W. Ray Science Campus.

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12:36 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

MSU President Davies Previews Friday's Investiture Speech

Credit Murray State Communications

Dr. Bob Davies will officially become Murray State University’s 13th president at an investiture ceremony on campus Friday. There, he’ll give a speech titled “Endeavor, Hope and Achievement,” named after the three stars in the university’s logo.

Davies spoke with WKMS’ Chad Lampe about his time on campus thus far as well as his plans for today’s event.

He says while he’s honored to be a part of the ceremony, it’s really about the university and its goals as well as the community at large.

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6:23 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Whitfield Isn't Ready to Endorse Rand Paul

Credit Gage Skidmore/Flickr

With Sen. Rand Paul set to announce his candidacy for presidency Tuesday, he hasn’t clinched at least one Kentucky Congressman’s vote.

Ed Whitfield says it would be exciting to see a presidential nominee from Kentucky but he pulls up short of endorsement.

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7:47 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Congressman Whitfield Calls House Ethics Allegations "Absurd"

Credit WKMS News

Kentucky’s 1st District Congressman Ed Whitfield says his opposition to inflicting pain on show horses has made him the target of a congressional ethics investigation.

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5:17 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Congressman Whitfield Satisfied With Progress in LBL Logging Controversy

Credit U.S. Congress

Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield met with county and Forest Service officials today to discuss the ongoing logging controversy at Land Between the Lakes. Last Tuesday the Forest Service announced plans to temporarily halt timber harvest sales and to modify existing logging contracts in the area after 3 months of public opposition to the land management technique.

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2:24 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

NWS: Recent Snowstorm was 3rd Largest on Local Record

Credit Rob Canning

It’s a record snow event, according to the National Weather Service in Paducah.

The 12.1 inches at the NWS office eclipses the previous March record of 9.0 inches set in 1960. This snowstorm was the third largest of all-time in our area over a two-day period.  

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9:01 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Roads Closed with Some Motorists Stranded


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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3:43 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

MSU Board of Regents Approve Tuition Increase and Honors College


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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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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