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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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.


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.