Todd Hatton

Interim News Director, Local Host of Morning Edition

Todd Hatton hails from Paducah, Kentucky, where he got into radio under the auspices of the late, great John Stewart of WKYX while a student at Paducah Community College. He also worked at WKMS in the reel-to-reel tape days of the early 1990s before running off first to San Francisco, then Orlando in search of something to do when he grew up. He received his MFA in Creative Writing at Murray State University. He vigorously resists adulthood and watches his wife, Angela Hatton, save the world one plastic bottle at a time. In October 2015 he was named Interim News Director upon the retirement of Station Manager Kate Lochte and the subsequent interim positioning of then News Director Chad Lampe.

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2011

2nd Place - Best Enterprise/Investigative Reporting - "Difficulty with BP Boycott"

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2010

1st Place - Best Light News - Market House Theatre Ghost Walk

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2009

2nd Place - Best Use of Sound - Hidden Kitchens

Hon.Men. - Best Light News Feature - Aft. Super Tuesday Storms

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Last week, Kentucky received a D+ rating from the Center of Public Integrity as part of the nonprofit’s annual State Integrity Investigation.

Freelance journalist and Murray State University Professor Ryan Alessi authored the commonwealth’s report. He speaks with Todd Hatton on Sounds Good about what that rating fully means.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

It's a puppy invasion at WKMS today! We met three puppies available for adoption at the Humane Society of Calloway County: two tiny terrier mix puppies named Jack and Jill and a young adult beagle named Honey. On Sounds Good, Todd Hatton speaks with Kathy Hodge about the puppies and some events coming up for the holidays.

Wherever friends and families gather, they tell stories. And as we prepare to come together for the holidays, WKMS marks this custom on the Friday after Thanksgiving with Preserving Our Voices, a program of remarkable true stories told by loved ones to loved ones. Leading up to the debut our new special on November 17 at Noon, we listen back to some past stories on Sounds Good. Here's the schedule:

Council on Postsecondary Education

The Commonwealth’s higher education funding will be among the competing concerns facing the upcoming 2016 General Assembly and Governor-elect Matt Bevin.  

Murray State University

Murray State President Bob Davies will deliver his first “state of the university” address November 9. He spoke with Todd Hatton on what he plans to cover, ranging from the state’s significant pension liability to university funding and even the ongoing 16th St.discussion.

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Halloween is just around the corner, and to mark the spookiest time of the year, we've exhumed three classic WKMS ghost stories from the archives! Todd Hatton takes us along on a ghost hunt at a historic Paducah landmark, The Hotel Metropolitan. In another story, Todd tells of a cellar door that won't stay closed. And David Weatherly relates his run-in with a spectral spectator. Listen if you dare... Mwa hah hah haaa...

Jenni Todd, WKMS

Breaking the mold this month is a "senior" puppy named Danny, aged 6. He's a Shih Tsu mix with big, expressive brown eyes and a very relaxed demeanor. Very well socialized, he was found in the county with a severe allergic reaction to fleas.  He has rehabilitated over the past two months on allergy medication and healthy diet. In a foster home now with younger middle school children, cats and dogs of all sizes, he's very well socialized and enjoys everyone (especially cats). 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

A little over two weeks ago, we spoke with two professors of Murray State's history department who were among the 72 Kentucky history professors who signed a letter calling for the removal of the statue of Confederate president and Kentucky native Jefferson Davis from the capitol rotunda in Frankfort. The letter went to Governor Steve Beshear and to the Kentucky Historical Properties Advisory Commission, which earlier this August voted 7-2 to keep the statue where it is. But that doesn't mean the debate is over. On Sounds Good, Todd Hatton speaks with Dr. Tom Hiter, former Director of Heritage Defense for the Sons of Confederate Veterans and longtime SCV member Dr. Don Duncan.

George Burns' career in American comedy spanned over nine decades, from vaudeville acts in the early 20th century to The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show on television and later films The Sunshine Boys and Oh, God! Alan Safier portrays the comedy legend in "Say Goodnight Gracie," the Broadway show that brings Burns back to life through reflection, video clips and photos. Todd Hatton speaks with Safier ahead of his performance at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts in Madisonville this Friday.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

With bands from Red Ember, The Legendary Shack Shakers, Bawn in the Mash, Solid Rock'it Boosters and many others, Paducah has a very prominent local music scene. This scene burgeoned in the 1960s, with bands like the Moxies, Palisades, The Paducah Dukes, Stormy & The Shandels and The Rivals to name a few. Todd Hatton goes back to 1965 with a look at the music scene of the day with Paducah native and musician Tommy Thompson and George Coryell, one of the founding members of the Moxies. Their single, "I Must Apologize" topped the Beatles on the 1964 charts in Paducah.