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


2:08 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Mandatory Ten-digit Dialing Begins in February... Do You Understand the Change?

Credit Doug Wilson / wikimedia commons

10-digit Dialing begins February 1st in Western Kentucky. The move comes as a new area-code overlay begins as numbers in the 270 exchange run out.

The Kentucky Public Service commission is urging caregivers to assist those who may have difficulty with the new calling method. Chad Lampe spoke with PSC Communications Director Andrew Melnykovych about the change.

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11:31 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Murray Man Brings Military Know-How To Local Intelligence and Broadband Infrastructure Company

Ballard County native and University of Kentucky Graduate Scott Allen spent nearly 25 years in the military working as an intelligence analyst throughout the world. He led the counter-terrorism operation for the Central Asia shop.

Allen also developed the threat finance discipline within the Defense Department. After active duty Allen served as the threat finance portfolio manager within the Pentagon.  Allen, who is a registered member of the Choctaw nation, now leads his Murray-based business called Wisdom Tree technologies.

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4:05 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Abramson Pushes for Tax Reform & Clarifies Future Which Doesn't Include Murray State Presidency


Kentucky Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson is still fighting for the legislature to take recommendations from his Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform.

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4:22 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Paducah Natives Premiere Tonight with acoUstiKats on NBC's "The Sing-Off"

Credit acoUstiKats Facebook

Two Paducah natives are among the all-male a cappella group the acoUstiKats performing tonight on NBC’s "The Sing-Off”.  Jordan Lindsey sings first tenor and the group members say he acts as the main vocal coach.  

(That’s Jordan singing lead on the group’s Youtube Channel)

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HIgher Education
10:10 am
Mon December 9, 2013

MSU Board Defers Action on Budget Cut Recommendations

The Murray State board of regents met Friday and deferred actions on budget planning and review team recommendations to identify cuts and increased revenue.

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6:57 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Winter Weather: Clarksville, TN Reports .4 of Ice and Numerous Power Outages

Snow plow in downtown Paducah.
Credit John Paul Henry

Update Monday Morning

According to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd  the region had fog overnight in many counties.  A band of light freezing rain that briefly turned to snow swept across Henderson and Webster counties about 2:00 a.m

Temperatures held in the mid-20s which helped salt to continue thawing roads in the overnight hours. 

However, there are still opportunities for re-freezing, as well as some remaining icy spots that require additional treatment.

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Higher Education
8:23 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Murray State Presidential Search Committee Selects 11 Finalists

Murray State University’s Presidential search committee has identified 11 finalists for off-site interviews in January. 

Chairman Stephen Williams says the nine member committee was unanimous in its selection of the finalists.

Williams says consulting search firm Witt Kieffer provided the committee a “robust” list of 60 diverse candidates from varied backgrounds.  Williams says the off-site interviews will likely be in Nashville, TN January 11 and 12.

Williams wouldn’t mention whether or not there are any internal applicants or finalists.

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12:15 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

Preserving Our Voices 2013

Hilda Howard

Welcome to Preserving our Voices. This program is inspired by Story Corp’s National Day of Listening project. The National Day of Listening was conceived as an encouragement to listen to and record a loved one telling his or her stories.

WKMS set out to listen to people with stories to tell in October, and we collected more than 30 recording sessions held at public libraries. In this program, we hear selected conversations from Madisonville, Paducah, Murray and Hopkinsville. The stories range from love, fear, and service.

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1:51 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Global Laser Enrichment Could Bring New Laser-Based Technology to Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Site

Depleted uranium cylinders stored at PGDP
Credit Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy will begin negotiations with GE Hitachi's Global Laser Enrichment (GLE) for the sale of the depleted uranium hexafluoride inventory at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

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4:52 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

McConnell Explains Different Positions on Filibuster Rule Change While Visiting Western Ky.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says his position on changing the filibuster rules in the Senate hinges on intention versus action.

McConnell has been publicly critical of Senate Democrats' move to make it more difficult for the minority party to hold up action on key presidential nominees.

In 2005,  McConnell, then Senate Majority Whip, had pushed for doing the same thing Democrats did yesterday. He addressed his positions with WKMS reporter John Paul Henry.

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