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


1:16 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

National Weather Service Publishes Damage Survey of Brookport Tornado

Credit John Paul Henry

Sunday’s Tornado that struck Brookport, Illinois contained peak winds of 145-mph and stayed on the ground for 11.5 miles. The national weather service published the damage survey of the EF-3 tornado late Monday afternoon.

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12:25 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Second Bomb Threat in as Many School Days Evacuates Students at Calloway Middle

Emergency vehicles outside of Calloway HS during previous bomb threat.
Credit Chad Lampe

UPDATE From Calloway County Schools: 12:25

Calloway Middle School has been cleared by Law Enforcement and students are expected to return to the building in the next few minutes.

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6:30 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Kid Friendly HONK! Includes Double Entendre for Parents

Most of us know Hans Christian Anderson’s fairytale The Ugly Duckling, in which a less than attractive duck undergoes ridicule and teasing because of his looks. But, by the end of the story the duck has matured into a beautiful swan. This fairytale was adapted into a musical in the early 1990’s called HONK!.

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4:33 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Ky. Council on Postsecondary Education Angling for More State Funding

CPE President Dr. Robert King

Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education is making a run at more funding for state colleges and universities.

The CPE will ask the legislature for 4.9  and 5.3 percent increases respectively for the upcoming two-year budget cycle. The request comes as higher education state funding has dropped by nearly a third since 2008.

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11:37 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Union City's Discovery Park Opens

Credit Discovery Park of America

Union City Tennessee’s Discovery Park is flanked by two harvest-ready corn fields near a road bed that promises to be Interstate 69.  A 100-thousand-square-foot ultra-modern exhibit space anchors the park. At least 15 other buildings are on the park grounds including a working grist mill, train depot and restored century old chapel.

Inside the main building you’re greeted by a stuffed snarling grizzly bear perched on his hind legs. The activities inside range from a starship theater and expanding universe exhibit

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Around the Nation
5:53 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

New Discovery Park In Rural Tennessee Leaves Community Split

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 5:01 pm



Tomorrow, a new tourist attraction opens in Tennessee called The Discovery Park of America. Some say it's like a mini-Smithsonian. But it's not in Memphis, Nashville or Chattanooga. It's in tiny Union City, far from any of the state's major destinations.

Chad Lampe of member station WKMS has the story behind this metropolitan park in the rural Tennessee.

CHAD LAMPE, BYLINE: Discovery Park is anchored by a 100,000 square foot exhibit space. It's packed with dinosaur skeletons, a starship theater even a universe exhibit.

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11:18 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Predicted Severe Weather Prompts Changes to Trick Or Treating Activities

Credit National Weather Service / NOAA

Possible severe weather predicted for Halloween is prompting some changes for area trick-or-treating activities. The National Weather Service is warning storm systems moving upwards of 5o to 60 mph throughout the region this evening. A tornado watch is in effect until 1:00 a.m. 

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9:28 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Rep. Ed Whitfield on Affordable Care Act, Gov’t Shutdown: ‘It’s Always Easy Looking in Hindsight'

Listen to Chad Lampe's weekend conversation with U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield

U.S. Republican Rep. Ed Whitfield says a different focus for the Republican Party may have been more effective in negotiations during the 16-day partial government shutdown earlier this month. Whitfield made his remarks in a weekend WKMS interview.

Whitfield said Republican uproar over the Affordable Care Act was understandable because, he said, the overreaching public law is riddled with problems the federal and state governments are battling. Because of that, though, Whitfield said he believes portions of the law upon which Republican scrutiny is centered will fall apart regardless of Congressional opposition.

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1:12 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

McConnell on Obamacare: Change May Come As Some Senate Democrats Seek Mandate Delay

Sen. McConnell addresses a town hall on 'Obamacare'
Credit Kyser Lough / Murray Calloway County Hospital

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says the key to repealing the Affordable Care Act will take gaining a republican majority in the U.S. Senate and electing a republican president.

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Higher Education
8:51 am
Wed October 23, 2013

MSU Science Campus Named for Alumnus Gene Wells Ray

Dr. Gene Wells Ray Science Campus
Credit MSU

Hear the interview with Dr. Ray.

Murray State Alumnus Dr. Gene Wells Ray recently visited MSU for homecoming festivities and to attend the dedication of the "Dr. Gene Wells Ray Science Campus."

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