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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Kentucky School districts are bracing for a mid-year state funding cut totaling nearly $8 million.

The cut is relatively small given the state’s $2.9 billion K-12 budget. 

Kentucky Department of Education Associate Commissioner Hirem Desai says the cuts are due to mostly higher than projected attendance which despite the funding cut, is a good thing. 

Calloway County Schools


Calloway County Schools Superintendent Steve Hoskins says the overspending by the outgoing head high school football coach totaled around $30,000.

The district indicates the over spending went to items for the team including equipment and apparel.  Hoskins says the overspending exhausted the football team’s budget which is comprised of fundraiser dollars including ticket proceeds. 

Murray State University

Murray State University President Bob Davies stopped by WKMS to discuss topics ranging from a long-discussed tobacco ban to the school’s overall marketing approach.

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Paducah Power Board Members evaluated 12 CEO applicants in a closed meeting today. The board has employed the national search firm, Dowdy Recruiting,  to find a new leader for the embattled power provider

Department of Criminal Justice Training

After the death of Eric Garner in New York City, police tactics have come under scrutiny on the national level. 

In Kentucky, officers are taught when and if to use defensive tactics as prescribed by The Use-of-Force Continuum. 

Chad Lampe

Murray’s State’s Board of Regents meeting yielded some significant changes to the campus and its leadership structure Thursday. The quarterly meeting included a comprehensive report from Maguire Associates regarding marketing and tuition, and a change in the campus tobacco policy among other agenda items. The Board also approved a one percent raise for faculty and staff to be prorated from July 1, 2014 based on the university meeting enrollment and budgeting goals. The raise is capped for some top earners, and the base line raise is $250 for some of the lowest paid employees.

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Murray State University’s Board of Regents will consider organizational structure changes at is quarterly meeting tomorrow.

MSU President Bob Davies has hinted at the changes in previous interviews. Davies mentioned a marketing strategy for the university that he said could prompt some changes in that area.

This documentary originally aired in 2011.

An hour-long WKMS News production about the Union and Confederate confrontations, battles and tribulations in the Four Rivers Region, featuring a full performance cast.

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The candidates for McCracken County Judge-Executive laid out their plans for improving the local economy.

Democrat and former circuit judge Jeff Hines debated independent 2nd district state senator Bob Leeper for over 45 minutes at the Crisp Center on Murray State University Paducah Regional Campus. 

American Public Power Association


Paducah Power Systems is hoping to land the former director of the American Public Power Association as its interim CEO while it proceeds with a longer search for a permanent replacement.

Mark Crisson recently led the A-P-P-A which advocates for municipal power agencies across the country.