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


9:39 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Storm System to Push Through Region By 9p.m.

Credit National Weather Service



The storm system is moving through the region from southwest to northeast. The storm system is producing isolated severe thunderstorm warnings and tornado warnings. The system should be out of the region by 9:00 p.m.  A Tornado Watch remains in effect until 9:00 p.m..

 National Weather Service meteorologists say the risk of tornado formation in western Kentucky this afternoon has gone down. NWS meteorologist Dan Spaeth says  in the latest multimedia briefing from the NWS that the timing has changed a little for the approaching system. Severe weather is predicted to impact West Kentucky between 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. 

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10:06 am
Tue February 18, 2014

West Ky Native V.S. Small Business Manager- Stage Set for 2nd District Senate Primary

David Hoffman
Credit Lance Dennee

With just 90 days to the primary election contest, candidates for Kentucky’s second district State Senate seat are campaigning for their party’s nomination. Retired law enforcement officer David Hoffman and Danny Carroll mingled among other state and local GOP candidates in Paducah last night.

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8:04 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Watkins' Nuclear Bill Facing Coal Opposition


Representative Gerald Watkins of Paducah is pushing his bill through the house to lift the moratorium on nuclear power in Kentucky.

Watkins’ bill is a companion to Senator Bob Leeper’s bill that passed the senate in early February. Watkins is meeting with the state energy secretary Tuesday to get traction on the bill.

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11:57 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

West KY Lawmakers Brief Constituents in Paducah

Five west Kentucky Lawmakers spent Saturday discussing the progress of Kentucky’s 2014 legislative session which is at its halfway point. Representatives Lynn Bechler (R-Marion), Gerald Watkins (D-Paducah), Will Coursey (D-Symsonia), Richard Heath (R-Mayfield) and Steven Rudy (R-West Paducah) gave updates and took questions.

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4:47 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

$324-m to Boost Cleanup Efforts @ Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant - Hiring Planned


Federal contractors have received the go-ahead to continue cleanup projects at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, thanks to a $324m appropriation from the Department of Energy.  Federal lawmakers approved the funding in an omnibus spending bill earlier this year. 

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1:01 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

ICYMI: Zac Brown Band Show Biggest Production in History of CFSB Center

Mathew Williams

More than 5,500 people attended a concert Saturday night for the one of country music’s most popular acts, The Zac Brown Band. While the attendance didn’t set records the production setup at the CFSB center did. The center’s Wesley Hughes says the tour travels with 11 semi-trucks, nine of which were full of production gear.

“There were over 60 rigging points-which is crazy for the building,” said Hughes.  Typically, Hughes said 30 to 40 points are used for an average show.

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12:05 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

How Much Notice is 'Ample' Ahead of MSU Presidential Candidates' Visits?

Wells Hall is the home of Murray State's "Office of the President"

Murray State’s faculty and staff would like ample time to review the presidential candidates before the Board of Regents selects the next president. At present, planned visits from three finalists are scheduled March 11-13.  The board would likely select MSU’s next president on Friday, March 14 during its quarterly meeting.

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Higher Education
4:52 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Narrowing The Field-MSU Presidential Search Committee Meets Friday

The Murray State Presidential Search Committee meets Friday to narrow the list of candidates from 10 to a short list of finalists. The closed session discussions, which begin shortly after 10 a.m., will be in MSU’s Alexander Hall.  

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4:41 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

NWS Says Incoming Winter Weather is Difficult To Predict

Credit NWS Paducah

National Weather Service forecasters say their confidence in the approaching winter weather system isn't as high as they'd like regarding what type of precipitation is ahead tomorrow. 

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1:14 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Executive Editor, Ad Director and Another Staffer Leave Paducah Sun to Start Magazine

Credit Flickr Creative Commons-Prato

The Paducah Sun has lost three employees who are starting a new magazine. Executive Editor Duke Conover, Advertising Director Carolyn Raney and Sun employee Maggie Wade all left on January 17th to start VUE Magazine.  Conover, Raney and Wade collectively spent more than 20 years at the Sun. 

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