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


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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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.
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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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10:46 am
Mon February 9, 2015

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

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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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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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4:45 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

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

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  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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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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3:12 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Prairie State CEO to PPS: "We Are Focused on Eliminating Everything that has Brought us Offline"

Interim Paducah Power CEO Mark Crisson (left) with Prairie State Energy Campus CEO Don Gaston
Credit Lance Dennee


The Paducah Power Board and some of its customers heard first hand Tuesday from the new CEO of the troubled Prairie State Energy Campus. PPS is part owner of the recently underperforming coal-fired power plant in Illinois.

PPS’ debt service for it’s ownership of Prairie State and the plant’s related low performance has, in part, prompted customers to pay some of the highest power bills in the state.

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1:16 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Kentucky School Districts Brace for $8M in State Cuts

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Kentucky School districts are bracing for a mid-year state funding cut totaling nearly $8 million.

The cut is relatively small given the state’s $2.9 billion K-12 budget. 

Kentucky Department of Education Associate Commissioner Hirem Desai says the cuts are due to mostly higher than projected attendance which despite the funding cut, is a good thing. 

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4:56 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

UPDATE: Outgoing CCHS Football Coach Overspent Around $30,000

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Calloway County Schools Superintendent Steve Hoskins says the overspending by the outgoing head high school football coach totaled around $30,000.

The district indicates the over spending went to items for the team including equipment and apparel.  Hoskins says the overspending exhausted the football team’s budget which is comprised of fundraiser dollars including ticket proceeds. 

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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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