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


Higher Education
4:10 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Williams: "I Think We've Met Our Next President..."

MSU Search Committee Chairman Stephen Williams

Murray State’s Presidential Search Committee Chairman says he and the search committee have met MSU’s next president. Williams’ statement accompanied an MSU press release about the weekend’s interviews of the top ten candidates.

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11:07 am
Mon January 13, 2014

West Kentucky Coal: Places, People, and Power

Credit Austin Ramsey, WKMS

This documentary originally aired Sunday, September 1st, 2013.

West Kentucky Coal: People, Places, and Power

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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Higher Education
3:05 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

First Round of MSU Presidential Interviews This Weekend

The Murray State Presidential Search Committee heads to Nashville this weekend to interview the top ten candidates for the job. 

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6:51 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Repair Work Underway at MSU to Prepare for Students

A trashcan catches water from a burst sprinkler in the MSU science complex.
Credit Chad Lampe

Murray State facilities crews are busy repairing  coils within HVAC units and licensed contractors will soon get to work repairing fire suppression sprinklers throughout the campus. 

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4:10 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

CPE President Did Not Receive University of Wisconsin Presidency

Kentucky's Council on Postsecondary Education President Bob King will not be the next president of the University of Wisconsin System. King, who has led the CPE since 2009, has also been the Chancellor for the State University of New York (SUNY). King was also a state lawmaker in New York.

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3:52 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Misconduct Allegations Toward Paducah Fire Captain Unfounded


Paducah City Manager Jeff Pederson, Paducah Fire Chief Stephen Kyle, and Human Resources Director Cindy Medford say misconduct allegations within the Paducah Fire Dept are unfounded.

A release from the city says  no workplace policies were violated. 

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3:16 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

MSU to Reopen Thursday

Murray State University will reopen its main campus tomorrow following two days of closure due to a power outage and resulting damage from arctic temperatures.

MSU officials are still assessing the damage to both academic and residential campus buildings. Yesterday staff reported that upwards of 40% of campus buildings sustained damage. 

MSU officials have also reported that the damage isn't as extensive as initially suspected. 

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12:24 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Damage To At Least 40% of MSU's Main Buildings Due to Power Outage and Freezing Temps

Update Tuesday,  2:50 p.m.

Murray State University's main campus will be closed again Wednesday. MSU officials say at least 40% of MSU's major buildings suffered significant damage due to frozen pipes and equipment.

Spokesperson Catherine Sivills says crews are still making rounds through buildings to assess the damage.

"As soon as we know the extent of the damage, we will make a determination on re-opening," Sivills said.

Murray State shutdown power to the main campus last night at the request of the TVA to help meet extremely high demand due to the arctic temperatures. MSU has a generator in place to carry enough load to prevent such problems from occurring. But, that generator malfunctioned last night. MSU has an "interruptible contract" with the TVA which allows the TVA to require MSU to reduce its electricity usage. Sivills says MSU receives "significant" savings for this contract.

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11:11 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Science Guy Bill Nye to Debate Creation Museum Founder

Credit Bill

MSU’s Presidential Lecturer, Science Guy Bill Nye will debate the founder of Northern Kentucky’s Creation Museum, the day after his speech in Murray.

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4:24 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Woman's Body Found Near Abandoned Vehicle in Calloway County

Credit Calloway County Sheriff


Law enforcement officials have identified the body of a woman found in a field in Calloway County as 56-year-old Victoria Swygart. She was reported missing on Thursday morning. Her vehicle was found was located in a field off of 94 east. Swygart was found in a field off of McDougal Road. Her body has been transported to Louisville for a formal autopsy. The case is still under investigation.

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