Parker Franklin


Parker's a senior majoring in journalism with a sports communication minor at Murray State. He's from the small town of Dixon, Kentucky. After studying architectural engineering in high school, he realized his true passion was news. When he's not busy with classes or at the station, you can usually find him watching sports or playing games with his friends.

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The 132nd "Big Singing" takes place in Benton next month. The city tradition has been described as "the oldest indigenous musical tradition in the nation."

Gene Gilliland is one of the event's leaders; he spoke with Kate Lochte on what the Big Singing is all about.

The 31st annual QuiltWeek event in Paducah ends Saturday. Each year, thousands from the region and beyond gather to celebrate the craft.

Executive Show Director Bonnie Browning spoke with Kate Lochte on "Sounds Good" about how the week's gone so far and what to look forward to Friday and Saturday.

100,000 Strong in the Americas /

Murray State University is one of four places in America to host a Belizean journalist for a part of the "100,000 Strong in the Americas" initiative.

The initiative's designed to increase educational exchanges between the US, the Americas and the Caribbean.


"The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged Revised" opens tonight in Robert E. Johnson Theatre. The Murray State Arts and Entertainment event condenses all 37 of the playwright's works into one 90-minute show.

Director and MSU Professor Matt Crider spoke with Kate Lochte on the work that went into this one-of-a-kind play.

Murray Women's Club /

The Murray Woman's Club's Garden Department sponsors a Floral and Iris Color Show Plant Sale and Luncheon May 7. Proceeds fund the MSU Horticulture Student Scholarship. President Judy Kelso Spoke with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about the festivities and the benefits it brings.

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Nearly six months after a radioactive leak at the Honeywell facility in Metropolis, the company has received a violation notice from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The government agency says facility workers failed to declare a formal alert and notify the NRC after a small uranium hexafluoride leak last October.

A new study finds Kentucky among the least eco-friendly states in the country.

Pam Carriker /

Nationally-known art journalist Pam Carriker presents a road show with her colleague Mary Beth Shaw this weekend at Ephemera Paducah. She speaks with WKMS’s Kate Lochte on the show and her blog, “Art at the Speed of Life.”

Frontstretch Fest /

A new Derby watch party is coming to Nashville May 2. Promoters say Frontstretch Fest at Nashville's Farmer's Market will be a classic Southern celebration of horse racing, quality bourbon, craft beer and artisanal food. 

Brian Bauer of Rockhouse Partners spoke with Kate Lochte on the festivities.

Bloom Behavior /

National Autism Awareness Month continues through April, spreading the message about the disorder and how families can identify and treat it in their children.

Adapting educational goals are a big part of that process, and Bloom Behavior Therapy Psychologist Dr. Becky Nastally along with Families on the Spectrum Board Member Kim Steele spoke with Kate Lochte on how families with students on the autism spectrum seek services from schools.