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


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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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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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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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. 


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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12:31 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Kentucky 2nd District State House Candidates Discuss Issues

Pictured: Democrat Jesse Wright (left) and Incumbent Republican Richard Heath.

As the Kentucky House of Representatives election race heats up, second district incumbent Richard Heath (R) and challenger Jesse Wright (D) visited WKMS for a political forum.

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1:51 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

3rd District State House Debate: Gerald Watkins v Randy Bridges

State Rep Gerald Watkins (left); Randy Bridges (right);
Credit Lance Dennee

  The two candidates for Kentucky's 3rd District House seat met this morning in a debate hosted by the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce. 

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4:11 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Murray State Chief Facilities Officer to Leave In Midst of Major Projects

Murray State is losing its chief facilities officer as it embarks on three major construction projects.

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7:12 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Q&A: MSU President Bob Davies Talks Strategic Plan and Board Governance


Murray State University's 13th President Dr. Bob Davies visits the WKMS studios for the first of a series of monthly conversations on the state of the university. 

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12:41 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Living on the Line: Angie Smith

Angie Smith displays graphs that depict her happiness over the course of her life and her income.
Credit Chad Lampe

Angie Smith is in the middle, both literally and figuratively. She’s a single mom in the middle of raising two kids. She’s in the middle of updating and moving into a home built by her late grandfather. She’s in the middle of her life, at 42-years-old mostly marked with low income jobs starting at 18.

But that wasn’t her plan. Her childhood dream was to work aboard a ship for Greenpeace, protecting whales. She still wants to work in an environmental field.

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Higher Education
2:28 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

MSU Opts to Expand Racer Academy as Part of First Regents Meeting Under New President


Murray State University’s Board of Regents has endorsed the expansion of a dual enrollment program for high school students in and around Murray. The Thoroughbred Academy currently operates at MSU’s Hopkinsville regional campus. The academy offers courses to high school seniors to obtain both high school and college credit. The board’s move allows MSU officials to expand the program to MSU’s Murray campus.  The program boosts MSU’s enrollment and also allows high school graduates to enter college with a number of courses completed toward graduation.

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