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

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Politics
4:25 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Bevin Brings Campaign Rollout to Paducah: Fighting Early Attack Ads

U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin speaks to a room of about 20 attendees with his family by his side on Thursday, July 25, 2013 at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY.
Credit John Paul Henry

Hear the full interview with Matt Bevin

U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin brought day two of his campaign announcement tour to the National Quilt Museum in Paducah Thursday.

The Louisville businessman was born in Colorado and raised in New Hampshire. Bevin is hoping to unseat U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in next May’s Republican primary.

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Government
12:45 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Abramson: 'Governor Beshear Chief Negotiator for Tax Reform'

Credit ltgovernor.ky.gov

Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson says he is looking to the General Assembly for movement on his recommendations for statewide tax reforms, and that he is not yet prepared to announce a decision on a potential 2015 bid for governor.

Abramson assumed the chairmanship of a commission on statewide tax reform shortly after taking office in 2011. In 2012, the commission performed an extensive review of Kentucky’s tax codes. That study became one of 12 the Commonwealth has conducted since 1982.

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Business
9:00 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

United Way's Dail Selected as Mur/Cal Chamber of Commerce President

The Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce has selected Aaron Dail as the organization’s next President. Dail currently serves as the Executive Director of Murray Calloway County United Way.

"I'm excited and humbled to have this honor in representing our Chamber members and community efforts,” said Dail.”I'm looking forward to beginning work in partnership with the board and staff to accomplish great things and to meet and listen to the needs and wants of our chamber members."

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Society
2:45 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce to Name Next President

The Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce will announce the new Chamber president Thursday at its annual dinner.

The full board met Monday to approve the search committee's pick for the job. The committee picked from  four finalists. Two of the finalists were from Murray, and the others were from Kentucky and out of state.

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Politics
2:16 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

KY Lt. Gov. Not Ready to Announce Plans for 2015 Gov. Race

Credit ltgovernor.ky.gov

Kentucky’s Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson says he may announce his intentions regarding a run for Governor before or shortly after the August 3rd Fancy Farm Picnic. Jerry Abramson has served as Kentucky’s Lieutenant Governor since 2012 and previously served as Louisville Mayor for 21 years.

Abramson is one of a number of democrats discussing a run for the office including term limited Attorney General Jack Conway and former State Auditor Crit Luallen.

Abramson said current polls show he could win a race for Governor, but he’s undecided on whether or not to run.

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Higher Education
10:02 am
Fri July 12, 2013

KY Governor Not Pursuing Murray State Presidency

Credit governor.ky.gov

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s Communications Director Kerri Richardson says the Governor won’t pursue the Presidency at Murray State University. Beshear has been rumored as a potential candidate during the past few months.

MSU is in the process of hiring a search firm to compile and filter candidates for the job. MSU hopes to hire a new president in spring 2014.  Governor Beshear is in his second term which ends in 2015. The job would’ve offered Beshear a chance to boost his state retirement benefits. The presidential job pays nearly double the Governor’s salary.

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Government
3:41 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

LBL Starting 'Minimum Road Project'; Evaluating Future of 65 Miles of Roadway

Land Between the Lakes officials are working to whittle down some of the national recreation area’s more than 470 miles of roadway. LBL Area Supervisor Tina Tilley says the U.S Forest Service’s 'minimum road system' program started in 2010 to ensure sustainability of the road system.

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HIgher Education
4:16 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

MSU President Randy Dunn's Exit Interview: Board Relationships, Future of MSU and Ready for YSU

Extended Interview with Dunn

Outgoing Murray State University President Randy Dunn said this week the controversial decision not to renew his contract was the result of a difference in philosophy between him and Board Chairman Constantine Curris. Dunn's last day as MSU President is July 8th.

The MSU Board of Regents voted against renewing Dunn’s contract 7-4 in a surprise move during a regularly-scheduled meeting in March. The vote came after a social gathering at which a quorum of regents was present.

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Business
3:22 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Union City's $100m Discovery Park Will Open November 1st

Union City’s Discovery Park of America opens November 1.

The 50-acre park boasts a flagship “Discovery Center’ with ten educational galleries.  An earthquake simulator, a starship theater and 150 ft. observation tower are featured inside the 100,000 sq. center. Outside, the Discovery Park has themed areas, including “liberty square,” “mill ridge” and “the settlement.” Three gardens and a water feature run throughout the park.

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Education
12:30 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Toyota Supports Early Childhood Education with New Academies in Western Kentucky

Credit lexingtonky.gov

Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky will fund six new bornlearning Academies in western Kentucky schools and renew support for two others.

Calloway County's East Elementary and Paducah’s Farley Elementary first received their share of $1 million in grant funds in 2012.

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