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


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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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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