Todd Hatton

News Reporter and 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.

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


4:04 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Region May See Severe Weekend Weather

Forecast map for the U.S.
Credit / National Weather Service

The National Weather Service in Paducah says the region could see severe weather Saturday afternoon and evening.  NWS Meteorologist Chris Noles says southern Illinois, western Kentucky, and a small portion of northwest Tennessee will likely see severe thunderstorms that could develop into more hazardous weather. 

"Any storms that form mid-day Saturday," Noles says, "on through the afternoon will be capable of producing very large hail, damaging winds and possibly tornadoes as the environment does appear as if it will be favorable for supercell thunderstorms."

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12:30 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Dr. Richard Carrier on the Historicity of Jesus

Dr. Richard Carrier

The Murray State University Secular Student Alliance presents historian, author, philosopher, and secular activist Dr. Richard Carrier.  Dr. Carrier speaks April 13, 2015 at 7 p.m. at Blackburn Science Building in Room 228 on the historicity of Jesus and evidence for his resurrection.  But first, he spoke with Todd Hatton to preview his lecture on Sounds Good.

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5:01 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Dr. Robert O. Davies Invested as Murray State President

Davies Investiture
Chad Lampe WKMS

“By the authority granted to the Board of Regents, it is my distinct privilege to install Dr. Robert O. Davies as the thirteenth president of Murray State University.”

And with those words from Board of Regents Chairman Harry Lee Waterfield, Dr. Robert O. Davies officially assumed the leadership of MSU.  

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12:10 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Soybeans, Transportation Dominate Regional Exports

Credit Wikimedia Commons

A new report from the Office of the United States Trade Representative shows soybeans and transportation equipment dominated exports from Kentucky, Illinois, and Tennessee in 2014.  Soybeans led key agricultural exports in the Four Rivers region with over $4 billion combined, or close to 20% of the U.S. total.  Illinois topped that category with over $3 billion. Kentucky exported $13.7 billion of transportation equipment, the largest share of the three states' combined $29 billion in key manufacturing. 

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4:09 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Puppies Sound Good! Meet Harry

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Puppies sound good today! We meet Harry, a Great Pyrenees and Australian Shepherd mix. He's a 10 to 12 week-old puppy, white with heterochromatic eyes, and a few brown spots. He was very cuddly and laid-back when he came up to visit and fell asleep during his radio debut. He's available for adoption at the Humane Society of Calloway County. Executive Director Kathy Hodge stops by Sounds Good to talk with Todd Hatton about Harry, the Mutt Strut this Saturday, an Animal Health Technology Day, and how to prevent ticks and fleas.

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4:36 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Puppies Sound Good: Meet Sadie!

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

This month, we meet Sadie, a black and tan hound mix, roughly 10 or 11 weeks old. When this outgoing puppy came arrived, her tail never stopped wagging and she sniffed everything. She's a curious and happy puppy that loved getting treats and cuddles from the station crew. Kathy Hodge, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Calloway County, says she's in a foster home with a large and small dog and some cats and predicts she'll be 50 pounds when fully grown. She speaks with Todd Hatton about Sadie and also the Easter Bone Hunt event coming up and how to prepare your pets for emergency weather. 

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10:14 am
Thu March 5, 2015

KY January Jobless Rate Falls Below National Average

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Kentucky’s Education and Workforce Development Cabinet reports the state’s January unemployment rate has come in at five and a half percent, below the five point seven percent national average.  Economist Manoj Shanker with the Office of Employment and Training says after annual revisions, this marks the sixth straight month Kentucky’s jobless rate has been lower than the national number.  He says the last time the Commonwealth posted a lower percentage than the U.S. was in 1995. 

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3:28 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Guy Raz Previews New Season of TED Radio Hour

Guy Raz, host of TED Radio Hour
Credit Kainaz Amaria

The new season of TED Radio Hour begins this Saturday morning on WKMS. The program, broadcast around the world, brings you TED Talks from experts on a given theme, while host Guy Raz and his guests further explore the subject. Past episodes have ranged from topics like how we love and what we fear to the source of creativity and the end of privacy. Raz and Todd Hatton talk about what's made the show so successful and how the program continues to build on its creative and innovative storytelling.

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3:34 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

[Update: Cancellations] Murray Shakespeare Festival 2015: "Method In Madness"

Patrick Earl as Hamlet in HAMLET
Credit Courtesy of American Shakespeare Center. Photo by Michael Bailey.

Fourth Update: The Friday, March 6 10 AM performance of Hamlet has been canceled. 

Third Update:  Per Dr. Rusty Jones: Thursday's 10 AM performance of Much Ado About Nothing and Thursday's 7 PM performance of Hamlet are canceled. Watch for updates concerning the Friday, 10 AM performance of Hamlet.

Second Update: Per Dr. Rusty Jones: Due to weather concerns, the 5-6:30 PM American Shakespeare Center workshop at Playhouse in the Park has been canceled. The Thursday, 4-5 PM lecture on Hamlet on Film by Dr. Mickey Wadia from Austin Peay is also canceled. Please watch this page for updates on the Thursday, March 5, 10 AM production of Much Ado About Nothing, the Thursday, 7 PM production of Hamlet, and the Friday, March 6, 10 AM production of Hamlet.

Update: Sounds Good conversation with Dr. Rusty Jones and commentary by Dr. Andy Black about the Cinema International film Much Ado About Nothing added to this article.

The American Shakespeare Center of Staunton, Virginia, will grace the Lovett Auditorium stage once again with performances of Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet, March 2-6. Hear "A Minute With Shakespeare" on WKMS weekdays leading up to the performances at 7:19 a.m., 12:19 p.m. and 4:19 p.m.

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9:11 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Area Students Compete in Chess Tournament This Weekend

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Since 1980, student chess players have gathered across Kentucky to see who will compete in the state championships. And while chess isn't necessarily the first thing you may think of when it comes to Kentucky sports, the Commonwealth has produced its share of champions, and chess has even rated a regular column in the Courier-Journal's sports section. This weekend, aspiring student masters head to Central City to see who will represent the 36 counties of Quad A at the state championships in March. Todd Hatton gets a preview from the man who's bringing it all together, Quad A coordinator and Graves County Chess Coach, Tom Knight.

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