Kala Dunn

Operations Assistant and Board Operator

Kala Dunn is a native of Princeton, Ky. She’s a 2006 graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy with a concentration in flute performance and a 2010 graduate of Murray State University with a B.M. in piano performance. She is employed by Physical Medicine Services. Her hobbies include yoga, kayaking, reading, running, and listening to music. She lives in Hamlin, Ky.

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9:38 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Datebook: March 22 - Beatles Release First Album 50 Years Ago

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The Beatles released their first album in the UK on this day in 1963. "Please Please Me" featured the hit single of the same name, and "Love Me Do" among a dozen other songs. Rolling Stone placed the album as no. 39 on their "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list.

It’s Friday, March 22

The Murray Woman’s Club invites elementary, middle, and high school students to enter the 2013 Art Contest.  Categories include drawing, printmaking, collage, painting, fiber arts, sculpture, photography, and miscellaneous.  Entries should be delivered to the clubhouse on Tuesday between 3:30 and 4:30PM.  For more information, call 753-5452.

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10:31 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Datebook: March 21 - Alcatraz Closes 50 Years Ago

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"The Rock" closed on this day in 1963. The prison served as a military garrison during the Civil War, then became a military prison, and eventually a federal penitentiary housing some of the most notorious criminals in the country, like Al Capone, the Birdman (Robert Stroud), "Machine Gun" Kelly, "Whitey" Bulger, among others. No prisoner successfully escaped.

It’s Thursday, March 21

The Puppy Party offers 6- to 16-week-old puppies the opportunity to learn basic obedience skills and to socialize with other dogs.  Murray State University animal behavior students lead three sessions at Carmen Pavilion on Monday nights in April, beginning on the 15th.  The cost is $25.  To register, call the Humane Society of Calloway County at 759-1884.

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10:00 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Datebook: March 20 - Marian McPartland Turns 95

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We wish Marian McPartland a happy 95th birthday today. Marian fell in love with jazz at an early age, touring Europe during WWII entertaining troops. In 1964, she began a weekly radio program on WBAI in New York, paving the way for Piano Jazz on NPR in 1978. The long-running program featured music and guests until Marian stepped down in November, 2011. In 2004, she received the Grammy Trustees' Lifetime Achievement Award for her work as an educator, in 2007 she was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame, and in 2010 was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

It’s Wednesday, March 20

Acclaimed musician and fiddle scholar John Harrod presents “Kentucky’s Diverse Fiddling Traditions” tomorrow night at 7 at the McCracken County Public Library.  Hear the story of the old fiddlers, their personalities, their eccentricities, and their exploits.  For more information about the free presentation, call (270) 442-2510.

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10:24 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Datebook: March 19 - Bob Dylan Releases First Album

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On this day in 1962, a 20 year-old Bob Dylan released his first album, simply titled Bob Dylan. The album featured folk standards like "Man of Constant Sorrow" and "House of the Risin' Sun" along with two originals, "Talkin' New York" and "Song to Woody." The album received little notice, but was good practice for his breakthrough, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan.

It’s Tuesday, March 19

“Herb Appeal” is Friday at 11:30 at the McCracken County Cooperative Extension Office.  The luncheon offers a four-course meal prepared with different herbs and the opportunity to learn more about growing, preparing, storing, and cooking with herbs.  Purchase $20 tickets from any PAMGA member or at the Extension Office.

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10:21 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Datebook: March 18 - Rudolf Diesel Turns 155

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German inventor and mechanical engineer Rudolf Diesel was born on this day in 1858. He developed the Diesel engine, which became an  important replacement for the piston engine, and more fuel efficient than gasoline engines. Although, he may not have known the significance of his own design. In 1913, Diesel suffered a mysterious death on the passenger steam ship SS Dresden.

It’s Monday, March 18

There’s an informational meeting tonight about the Paducah Parks Services Department softball leagues.  The meeting is tonight at 6:30 at the Parks Office, and the deadline to register teams is March 29.  For more information, visit paducahky.gov.

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9:30 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Datebook: March 15 - Ides of March

The Death of Caesar (1798) by Vincenzo Camuccini
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As many as 60 conspirators, led by Brutus and Cassius were involved in the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BC. According to Plutarch, a seer had warned Caesar that harm would come to him in the Ides. On this morning, he joked with the seer that the Ides have come but the prophecy had not been fulfilled, to which the seer replied, "Aye, Caesar, but not gone."

It’s Friday, March 15

Paducah Parks Services offers its annual Leprechaun Hunt tomorrow afternoon at Noble Park.  Registration starts at 12:30, and the hunt begins at 1.  Teams of family members or friends compete against other teams to complete a scavenger hunt through the park.  The event is free and prizes are awarded.

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9:30 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Datebook: March 14 - Happy Pi Day!

Today is Pi Day! And there's nothing funnier than a pie in the face! When you contribute to WKMS today before Sounds Good, you can get in on the fun! Make your gift (or additional gift) at 800-599-4737  and place your vote for the WKMS staff member who'll get a pie in the face near the end of Sounds Good today! :)

It’s Thursday, March 14

The Murray State University Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Band present a concert tonight at 7:30 at Lovett Auditorium.  The free concert features works by Rossini, Holst, deHaan, Grainger, and deMeij.

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10:20 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Datebook: March 13 - Longest Undersea Tunnel Opens 25 Years Ago

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On this day in 1988, the Seikan Tunnel opened allowing rail travel from from Honshu to Hokkaido in Japan, becoming both the longest and deepest rail tunnel in the world, and the longest undersea tunnel in the world. Swizterland aims to beat the record with the Gotthard Base Tunnel beneath the Swiss Alps in 2017.

It’s Wednesday, March 13

The Paducah Symphony Orchestra hosts its Beat Beethoven 5K Run/Walk Saturday morning at Noble Park.  Race participants start to the opening notes of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and try to finish the 5K before the music ends.  Race-day registration starts at 7:30, and the race begins at 9.  See more at paducahsymphony.org.

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10:17 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Datebook: March 12 - FDR Delivers First Fireside Chat 80 Years Ago

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If you gathered the family around the radio on this day in 1933, chances are good you heard President Roosevelt's first "fireside chat." The 'chats' were FDR's effort to communicate directly to citizens. With a cheery voice and demeanor, these made him quite popular and made it imperative that a president be both charismatic and stoic.

It’s Tuesday, March 12

The Mayfield-Graves County Food Pantry seeks donations of food or money. During March and April, donations are applied to the Feinstein Challenge, a matching program providing one million dollars nationwide to food pantries.  Drop off donations at 424 S. 9th Street in Mayfield Monday through Thursday from 9:30 to noon.  Call (270) 247-6333 for more information.

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10:12 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Datebook: March 11 - Janet Reno Confirmed Attorney General 20 Years Ago

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On this day in 1993, Janet Reno became the first woman to serve as Attorney General and would eventually become the second longest serving Attorney General after William Wirt (in 1829). In 2009, the American Judicature Society awarded her their highest honor for "her commitment to improving our systems of justice."

It’s Monday, March 11

The McCracken County Public Library hosts “Gross to Great! Picking Produce for Your Family’s Health and Wallet.”  The free class is tonight at 6.  Registered dietitian Laura Duff teaches participants how to tackle unfamiliar tastes, boost their families’ health, and lower grocery bills.  For more information, call 270-442-1166.

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