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


9:36 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Murray's Chuck Jones Leaves Leadership of His Companies: "Consultant" in Place


In an e-mail to employees Thursday owner and CEO of C.A. Jones Management, Chuck Jones relinquished control of some of his companies to a "consultant", Myles MacDonald of Kraft CPA in Nashville, TN as requested by his business partner David Griffin.

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4:16 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Two Kentucky Deaths From Cantaloupe Salmonella Confirmed

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The Food and Drug Administration says salmonella found at a cantaloupe farm in southwestern Indiana matches the "DNA fingerprint" of the salmonella responsible for killing two Kentuckians and sickening 150 people in 21 states.

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Front Page Sun
11:35 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Front Page Sunday 8/27

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The Renaissance Area Master Plan, or RAMP, offers ways to develop Paducah’s downtown, lower town, and riverfront, and those changes range from the sweeping to the subtle.  We’ve heard from the Paducah Riverfront Development Authority, who commissioned the study, and today we’ll hear from a River City resident who isn’t so sure RAMP is the way forward on Front Page Sunday from WKMS News. 

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10:58 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Western Kentucky Center Stage for 2017 Solar Eclipse

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In 2017 the U.S. will get its first full solar eclipse that will sweep across the entire country since 1918.Western Kentucky, specifically Hopkinsville, is in the path for best viewing.

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3:57 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

2,800 Troops To Deploy from Fort Campbell This Winter

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2,800 1st Brigade Combat Team soldiers from Fort Campbell’s 101st Airborne Division will deploy to Afghanistan this winter. 

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Infrastucture and Highways
10:39 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Ledbetter Bridge Could Open May 2013: One Year Ahead of Schedule

Ledbetter Bridge

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced Thursday a plan to accelerate construction of the new U.S. 60 Tennessee River Bridge between Paducah and Ledbetter, enabling motorists to begin using it more than a year ahead of schedule.

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Front Page Episodes
2:23 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Front Page Sunday 8/19/12

Murray State’s campus might seem a little more crowded than usual in the coming weeks.  What could be the largest freshman class in MSU’s 90 year history is moving into dorms and getting ready for the fall semester.  We’ll find out what got them here and what university officials are doing to keep them here, today on Front Page Sunday from WKMS News.

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Front Page Sunday
4:22 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Front Page Sunday 8/12/12

For many, retirement is something they think they’ll never be able to do.  Buddy Hall has played professional pool for more than five decades, winning world championships and a place in pool’s Hall of Fame.  And even though the Metropolis, Illinois native, has slowed down a bit, retirement isn’t something he wants to do.  We’ll find out more about Hall’s career, and his love of the game, on Front Page Sunday from WKMS News. 

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9:20 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Burley Crop Not Lost Due to Weather

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For burley tobacco farmers in Kentucky and Tennessee, an average crop being forecast is a big relief. A few weeks ago, the crop was on the brink of ruin from extreme heat and drought.Now, tobacco specialists say much of the burley has gone through a growth spurt, thanks to recent rains.Farmers are just beginning to harvest tobacco.University of Kentucky agricultural economist Will Snell says that with a decent curing season, this year's burley crop could fetch higher prices than a year ago.

9:17 am
Fri August 10, 2012

70 Years of the 101st

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The 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell are celebrating 70 years since the inception of the airborne division with a week long celebration including games, a concert, an air show and memorials for the fallen.The celebration kicks off today while, one of the division's helicopter units, cases its unit colors to prepare for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan. The Week of the Eagles will also includes an air show on tomorrow and a demonstration of the division's air assault techniques.