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


2:13 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

Credit Calloway County Schools


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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2:54 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

PPS Evaluates CEO Candidates, Mum on Finalists

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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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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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2:19 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Murray State Regents To Discuss Organizational Changes

Credit ASSE Murray State University Student Section, Facebook

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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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:


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