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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10:57 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Datebook: April 26 - Frederick Law Olmsted Turns 190

Frederick Law Olmsted was born on April 26, 1822 (and died August 28, 1903). He's popularly considered to be the father of American landscape architecture. His legacy of design includes Central Park in New York City, the Buffalo park system in New York, Niagara Reservation in Niagara Falls, the Emerald Necklaces in Boston and Rochester, the Grand Necklace in Milwaukee, Cherokee Park and the park system for Louisville, America's first wading pool in Massachusetts, Chicago's parks for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, landscaping around the Capitol Building in D.C.

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11:34 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Datebook: April 25 - First Execution by Guillotine 220 Years Ago

The French Penalty, by Francisco de Goya

Nicolas Jacques Pelletier was a French highwayman who had the unfortunate timing of being the first person to be executed by means of the guillotine. He was arrested for assault, robbery, and possibly rape and was issued a death sentence by decapitation. He waited in prison for three months while the guillotine was built in Strasbourg. His execution was a public spectacle with high security.

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2:53 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Datebook: April 24 - Farragut's Flotilla Steams Past Forts to take New Orleans 150 Years Ago

"Damn the torpedoes. Full steam ahead!" Though famous Union Admiral David Farragut wouldn't say these words for another two years (the Battle of Mobile Bay), it encompassed his general strategy for taking New Orleans from the Confederates, of which he was en route on this day in 1862. He had been given command of the Western Gulf Blockading Squadron and set his fleet of 24 wooden ships down the Mississippi River to reduce Confederate defenses. On April 24, he famously blew past Forts Jackson and St.

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11:18 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Datebook: April 23 - St. George's Day

Today is St. George's Day, a feast day celebrated by Catholic and Anglican Churches, and nations of which St. George is the patron saint. It is the second most important National Feast in Catalonia, where it is traditional to give a rose and a book to a loved one. It's also the International Day of the Book, since 1616, the date of death and possibly anniversary of birth for William Shakespeare (Julian calendar) and Miguel de Cervantes (Gregorian calendar). In 1497, John Cabot flew the Cross of St.

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10:32 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Datebook: April 20 - Louis Pasteur Develops Pasteurization 150 Years Ago

Louis Pasteur was a French chemist and microbiologist known for his remarkable breakthroughs in vaccinating rabies and anthrax, and for reducing mortality from fevers. He may be best remembered for the discovery that is his namesake: pasteurization, a method to stop milk, beer, and wine from causing sickness. His research showed that the growth of micro-organisms were responsible for spoiling beverages. So he invented a process in which liquids were heated to kill most the bacteria already present within.

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Jazz Journal

Todd Hill, Director of Jazz Ensembles at Murray State University and longtime regional bandleader, has assembled a new ninety second feature:  Jazz Journal - A minute and a half with America’s Art Form, which will begin airing Monday through Thursday evenings at 8:59 on WKMS.

Jazz Journal precedes the station's locally produced Cafe Jazz airing from 9 to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday.   Cafe Jazz hosts include Maestro Hill, George Eldred and Dr. Brian Clardy of the MSU Department of History. 

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11:23 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Datebook: April 19 - The Simpsons Debut 25 Years Ago

Watching the first clip, "Good Night," which premiered on The Tracey Ullman Show 25 years ago today, it's hard to believe that the crudely drawn, kind of lackluster sketch would become something that would have such a profound influence on modern pop-culture. The dysfunctional family from Springfield holds records for longest-running American sitcom, animated program, and primetime scripted TV series. It's won 27 Emmy Awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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11:00 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Datebook: April 18 - 710 Titanic Survivors Arrive in NYC 100 Years Ago

Molly Brown awarding Capt. Arthur Henry Rostron a trophy for his service.
U.S. Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs

The sinking of the Titanic was 100 years ago last Sunday,but what happened to the 710 survivors is quite interesting. Around 4 a.m. the RMS Carpathia arrived to the scene, responding to distress calls and picked up the survivors in the lifeboats. Due to severe weather conditions, Carpathia took 3 days to get to New York City. The passenger steamship was greeted by a crowd of 40,000 in heavy rain. Most of the survivors boarded trains to their destinations. The Carpathia was quickly restocked to resume its initial journey to Austria-Hungary.

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10:45 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Datebook: April 17 - Capitulations of Santa Fe 520 Years Ago

On April 17, 1492, The Capitulations of Santa Fe were signed between Christopher Columbus and Queen Isabella I. This agreement granted Columbus honorific titles and allowed him to travel West to find the East, and granted him a tenth of any riches he were to find along the way. Many of Isabella's council of experts (sailors, philosophers, astrologers, and other monarchs) thought the journey was absurd, but some influential members argued there'd be little to lose should Columbus fail and much to gain should he succeed. So it was signed on this day, and soon he would sail the ocean blue.

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10:10 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Datebook: April 16 - Walter Cronkite Becomes Anchor of CBS Evening News 50 Years Ago

Walter Cronkite became anchor of CBS Evening News, the network's flagship nightly news program, on April 16, 1962. During this time, Cronkite became known as "the most trusted man in America," for his coverage of the JFK Assasination. The progrma dominated nightly news ratings for over 18 years with Cronkite at the helm. His image was bolstered by his support for the space program, leading him to anchor coverage of the Apollo 11 Moon landing in 1969.

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