Jenni Todd

Membership Director

Jenni Todd, a native of Murray, holds a degree in Music Education from Murray State University and a Masters degree in Arts Administration from Florida State University's College of Music. Equipped with knowledge and enthusiasm for fundraising and the arts, Jenni worked in donor relations and stewardship with the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra in Florida and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in Ohio. She and her husband Matthew, daughter Susie, and Standard Poodle Lola reside in Murray and listen to WKMS all day, especially Marketplace at dinnertime. Jenni proudly serves on the Board of Directors for the Murray Art Guild, plays the ukulele, and attempts to crochet scarves for loved ones at Christmastime.    

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With the retirement of Kate Lochte at the end of this month, Murray State’s public radio station WKMS will have a new station manager for the first time since 1992. 

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Murray, KY- A new locally produced music program, Left of the Dial, debuts on Murray State University’s listener supported public radio service WKMS Friday, August 21 at 9 p.m. 

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Murray, KY - Murray State’s listener supported public radio service WKMS-FM hosts its first ever Live Lunch: After Dark free concert on Tuesday, August 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. on the stage of MSU's historic Lovett Auditorium. 

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David Weatherly is a Renaissance Man and we've been lucky to have him at WKMS for the better part of 20 years. When you listen to House Blend you can tell he is a music lover - jazz, rock, funk, 80s pop, movie soundtracks and legacy artists. He has an analytical ear and simply loves good music! 

David's final broadcast of House Blend will be Friday, August 14. We'll make an announcement about the next program to take over the Friday 9-11 p.m. slot very soon. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

There's a lot of buzz about Harper Lee's new novel Go Set a Watchman. On Sounds Good, Jenni Todd, Asia Burnett and Kate Lochte preview the first WKMS Book Club event Wednesday, August 12 @ 5:30 pm to discuss this release. 

The WKMS Newsroom recently received two national awards for the radio documentary Living on the Line: Poverty in Western Kentucky at the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) annual conference in Salt Lake City. Attending the conference as a Board Member of the organization, WKMS News Director Chad Lampe accepted the awards given to the WKMS Newsroom for reporting about people challenged by the economy in the WKMS listening area.

WKMS-FM celebrates forty-five years of broadcasting. Today’s listeners, staff, volunteer show hosts and student interns who make WKMS thrive owe a great debt to the individuals who laid the groundwork for a University radio station back in 1964 and who brought the idea of the station to fruition on May 11, 1970.

During the opening ceremonies in 1970 the station went on air from Murray State’s campus with a broadcast of the National Anthem. One of the first voices heard on the station was Murray State President Harry M. Sparks who remarked, “Today Murray State University has reached another milestone. With the inauguration of radio broadcasting on WKMS-FM, we lengthen the shadow and multiply the sphere of influence of this university.” Back then the broadcast day was eight hours long and the coverage area was limited to western Kentucky with just 13,000 watts of power.

WKMS News Wins AP Awards

Apr 30, 2015
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The Kentucky Associated Press notified WKMS News that its work for Murray State’s listener supported radio service has taken home several KAPB awards, including First Place awards for Best Political Coverage and Best Special/Series Documentary.

News Director and Assistant Station Manager, Chad Lampe expresses, "I'm proud of our team for such a great showing. The awards validate that our young team of students and recent graduates produce high quality content that resonates with listeners." 

WKMS presents Big Atomic as the winner of the second annual Battle of the Bands competition. The band was one of four finalists voted by WKMS listeners to perform at the Battle of the Bands finale on Thursday, March 27. The other three finalists were Red Ember, Leonard the Band and the Drunken Poets, all regional bands. 

Finalists each played three original songs in front of a sold-out crowd. The audience then casted votes to select the winner. With Red Ember as runner-up, Big Atomic was named the Battle of the Bands Champion.

Thursday, April 2 in Paducah 

We're hosting a party for "Lake Wobegon aficionados" before the Garrison Keillor LIVE at The Carson Center show later that night.

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