Chad Lampe

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. In October 2015, he was named Interim Station Manager upon the retirement of Kate Lochte. In February 2016, Chad was named Station Manager.

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Murray State University's Board of Regents approved a tuition increase and the establishing of an Honors College during its quarterly meeting today. 

Special Olympics of Kentucky-Polar Plunge Shutterfly


The annual Special Olympics fundraiser is scheduled to proceed with a few minor changes.

Organizer Laura Miller says the plunge is still scheduled and the pre-registration event will happen as planned tonight from 4:00-6:00 at the Kentucky Dam Village Convention Center. The 5k has been canceled.


Miller says tonight is a good time to bring in the collected donations and pick up t-shirts and other incentives. She encourages attendance tonight because the possibility of freezing rain tomorrow may keep some participants from attending the plunge.

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UPDATE: Jim Carter's funeral has officially been postponed one day due to weather, per the Carter family. Visitation is TUESDAY from 4-8 pm at Heritage Funeral Home. The funeral is now WEDNESDAY at 2 pm at Lovett Auditorium. Please help share this change.

Long-time Murray State Administrator Jim Carter passed away over the weekend after a battle with cancer. Carter most recently served as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement which included oversight of WKMS.

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Aaron Thompson talked with Chad Lampe on Sounds Good about his upbringing during integration and struggles schools and teachers face today. Listen to the full interview below.


  Aaron Thompson is an outlier. The eastern Kentucky native is the son of an illiterate coal miner father who, he says, signed his name with an X. Thompson's mother held the highest level education in his family. She graduated from the eighth grade. But now, Thompson has risen through the academic ranks to be the chief academic officer for Kentucky's Council on Post-Secondary Education.

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Two western Kentucky Judge Executives are concerned about the U.S. Forest Service’s land management activities at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.


Murray’s Radio Shack may have avoided closure in the company’s recent announcement to close twenty-four hundred stores. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week.  

Jessica Dockery, Lead Reporter for the The Madisonville Messenger newspaper

The fight for transgender rights continues at Madisonville-North Hopkins High School. 15 to 20 students and community members rallied Saturday on the old courthouse lawn in downtown Madisonville.  

Organizers currently have more than 300 signatures on a petition circulating the school. The petition requests teachers call students by their preferred pronouns and to allow students to use bathrooms for the gender of their choosing.  Currently transgender students are asked to use handicap/unisex restrooms. The Madisonville Messenger’s Lead Reporter Jessica Dockery covered the weekend rally.

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  Local NBC affiliate WPSD-TV is apologizing Monday for outages that occurred during last night's Super Bowl.  The station’s over-the-air signal was interrupted multiple times during the game’s third quarter due to a seemingly complicated power issue at the station’s transmission site. WPSD explained the details of an investigation into the outage in a press release:

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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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.