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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Higher Education
11:55 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Deckard Speaks Out About KY Attorney General Opinion on MSU Board's Social Gathering

Lexington Attorney, Jim Deckard stands by his request that the Murray State Board of Regents should declare votes cast the day after an illegal meeting null and void. Deckard requested the board take action in an initial complaint on March 22nd regarding a social gathering of six regents the night before the board’s quarterly meeting. Deckard, following a denial from MSU, issued an appeal to the Kentucky Attorney General on April 1st. The Attorney General declared the social gathering of a quorum of regents illegal because board business was discussed and there were no minutes taken at the illegal meeting.

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Higher Education
12:20 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Dunn Finalist for Illinois State University Presidency

Murray State University President Randy Dunn is among four finalists for Illinois State University's Presidency. Dunn was named as a finalist for Ohio's Youngstown State University yesterday. Dunn has been searching for a new job consistently for the last year in anticipation of the Board of Regents not renewing his contract. MSU's board of regents voted 7 to 4 against renewing Dunn's contract on March 15th.

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Higher Education
11:29 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Kentucky Attorney General Opinion: MSU Board of Regents Violated KY Open Meetings Law

Kentucky’s Attorney General says the Murray State Board of Regents violated Kentucky’s open meetings law when a quorum of the board attended a social gathering at the home of Regent Sharon Green on March 14th. Lexington Attorney Jim Deckard sought the opinion after board Chairman Constantine Curris, through an attorney, denied allegations of an illegal meeting.

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Higher Education
10:01 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Dunn Challenges Ad Hoc Contract Review Committee Draft Report

Murray State University President Randy Dunn, in an open forum Tuesday, presented counterpoints to a report used to assess university progress during his time as president.  On April 2nd  Board of Regents Chairman Constantine Curris defended that same report to a group of faculty and staff.

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Higher Education
8:01 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

MSU President Finalist at Youngstown State

An Ohio newspaper reports Murray State University President Randy Dunn  is among three finalists to be Youngstown State University’s next president. The Vindicator reports Dunn  was among eight semifinalists interviewed this weekend.  Dunn’s current contract at Murray State ends June 2014.

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Higher Education
5:18 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

2012 Student Survey Results Show Positive Results for Dunn

Depiction of Student Survey Results
Credit Chad Lampe

WKMS has obtained, through an open records request, a 2012 student survey assessing the performance of Murray State President Randy Dunn. The survey's results are overall positive. In a letter to the Board of Regents that accompanied the survey results Student Regent Jeremiah Johnson wrote “Judging by the survey, the student body is supportive of President Dunn and his administration. All of the questions/statements were rated in the 75-80% approval rating.”

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Government
3:06 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Federal Lawmakers Will Host "Freedom To Fish Rally" Saturday at Barkley Dam

U.S. Senators from Kentucky and Tennessee along with Congressman Ed Whitfield are holding a “Freedom To Fish” rally this weekend to gain support for a bill that prevents the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers from imposing restriction on fishing near Corp dams on the Cumberland River.

Saturday’s rally, which includes Senators Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Kentucky Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, is at Barkley Dam.   Whitfield’s “Freedom to Fish Act” promises to prohibit the Corps of Engineers from taking any action to restrict public access to waters downstream of a dam.

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Higher Education
2:05 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Murray State Alumnus Prepared to Divert Donations to Dunn's Legal Costs

Dr. Richard Hurt
Credit Mayo Clinic

A prominent Murray State Alumnus' letter to the Board of Regents and Governor Steve Beshear urges the reinstatement of President Randy Dunn and the resignation of Board Chairman Dr. Constantine Curris.

Dr. Richard Hurt of the Mayo Clinic is known internationally for his work on nicotine dependence. MSU’s board of regents voted 7 to 4 on March 15th not to renew president Dunn’s contract. Hurt, in his letter, encourages Dunn to fight his termination in court.

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Society
1:04 pm
Sun April 7, 2013

Murray State Student Dies in Car Crash

A Murray State University student died this weekend in a car crash south of Murray on U.S. Highway 641. The Kentucky State Police reported Daniel Milam, 24, of Memphis, TN  was pronounced dead at the scene just after 3:00 on Saturday. Troopers are still investigating the cause of the single vehicle accident. 

Milam is the second Murray State student to die in a vehicle crash since January. Shelby Theiss,20 of Louisville died in a collision with a tractor trailer on a bridge east of Murray.

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Government
3:58 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Hopkinsville Newspaper Files Open Meetings Complaint with City Council

Carla Jimenez, Kentucky New Era Staff Writer

Full interview with Carla Jimenez

A closed meeting of Hopkinsville City Council's Compensation Committee this week is facing some scrutiny from the city's newspaper. Hopkinsville’s budget officer, Melissa Sellers Spurr is receiving a promotion to be the city administrative officer. The Compensation Committee Chairman Charlie Henderson invited members of the council to join the committee to discuss  Spurr’s contract. The Kentucky New Era contends the closed door discussion was illegal. Staff Writer Carla Jimenez is covering the story.

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