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


12:37 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Clean-Up Our Remaining Spring Goal

Many listeners hands make light work of the WKMS spring fundraiser goal!

“Public radio continues to prove its undisputed relevance in the modern world by providing up to the minute news, music, educational programming, and emergency communications when all other systems fail.” - Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear

See a list of Giveaways and Thank-You Gifts

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Front Page Episodes
9:00 am
Sun April 29, 2012

Front Page Sunday 4-29

Here's the Rundown for Front Page Sunday: Hear the whole program on the listen click.

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3:08 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

MSU Board of Regents Sets Tuition

Tuition at Murray State will increase by 4% for the next academic year. The increase amounts to around $130 per semester. The MSU Board of Regents voted against the administration's 3% recommendation. President Randy Dunn says the impetus behind his suggestion was to keep cost low for students while the university looks for ways to rethink financial planning with declining state support. The board voted to up tuition by an additional percentage point to lessen the impact on the university's reserves.

Front Page A.M.
1:13 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Front Page A.M. April Q&A with Dr. Dunn

Tuition at Murray State will increase by four percent for the 2012-13 academic year. The increase amounts to around $130 per semester.   The MSU board of Regents voted against the administration’s three percent recommendation.

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10:37 am
Wed April 25, 2012

UT Martin Student Arrested Before Planned Assault

A former University of Tennessee at Martin student was arrested Tuesday night near the Boling University Center before a planned assault could be carried out against a former girlfriend and her male friend.

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Kentucky Literature
7:05 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Kentucky Author Berry Delivers Jefferson Lecture

Kentucky Public Radio

Kentucky native Wendell Barry delivered a prestigious lecture in the nation's capital last evening. And he used the address to rail against corporate greed and to call people back to the land.  

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The Bridge
4:39 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Beshear to Visit West KY For Update on Eggners Ferry

Governor Steve Beshear will be in Eddyville Tuesday with an update on repair work to the Eggners Ferry Bridge. Beshear along with Chief District Engineer Jim Lefevre and Tom Roberts of Hall Contracting will be at the Lyon County Riverport Authority at 1:30.

It’s likely they’ll discuss staging for repair work on the bridge that lost a 300 foot span after a cargo ship crashed into the road deck in January.

Front Page Sunday
10:00 am
Sun April 22, 2012

Front Page Sunday 4/22/12

We’ll hear about contention on another one of our region’s rivers, the long-overdue Olmstead Dam Project on the Ohio.  Then we’ll sit down with a world-class runner who was in Murray this weekend, to talk about the sport’s finer points. Then, a look back at the past Paducah Symphony Orchestra season with their new executive director and their artistic director.

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Front Page PM
6:30 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Front Page PM 4/20/12

Hearings on the crash that caused the collapse of the Eggners Ferry Bridge have concluded in Paducah. We get the latest tonight on Front Page P.M. from WKMS News.

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3:49 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Paducah Symphony Ends First Season with New Director

The Paducah Symphony Orchestra performs at the Luther F. Carson Center
Matt Markgraf WKMS

It’s been about 8 months since the Paducah Symphony Orchestra has been under the watch of new executive Director Daniel Sene.  Not too long before Sene’s arrival came Artistic Director and Conductor Maestro Raffeale Ponti.  They are rounding out their first season together. This weekend. They’re visited the WKMS studios to talk about the PSO, and their history and the future of the orchestra.