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

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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.

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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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.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

A puppy up for adoption from the Humane Society of Calloway County came up to the WKMS studios today with Executive Director Kathy Hodge. Valentino is a black and white rat terrier/dachshund mix is estimated to be around 4 months old. He is very expressive and curious about everything, according to Hodge. He was found as a stray and turns out to be very sweet-natured around people - didn't mind being picked up and passed around by everyone at WKMS. His foster says he's housebroken, is doing well with house training and loves toys.

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Paris City Commissioners have unanimously pledged to repeal an 8 cent property tax increase that went into effect in the current fiscal year if voters there approve a local option sales tax this March.  City Manager Carl Holder says one motivation for the commissioners decision last week was a long-held belief that a local option sales tax is the fairer route. 

According to Holder, backing the property tax repeal isn't just a matter of good faith.  "It'll be about $640,000 net that would be produced," he said, "if the half-cent local option sales tax does pass."

Angela Lampe

One of the world's largest publishers of travel and tourism information has named Hazel, Kentucky among the top ten best antiquing towns in the U.S.  With around 400 residents, the Calloway County community sits just north of the Kentucky/Tennessee line. 

Fodor's Travel lists Hazel alongside other top antiquing destinations as Charleston, South Carolina, Clinton, Tennessee and Galena, Illinois.

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In the spring of 1946, "The Phantom Killer" attacked eight people around Texarkana, Texas, killing five. Three of the dead were 17 years old or younger. To this day, these serial murders remain officially unsolved. The murders were dramatized in the 1976 movie The Town That Dreaded Sundown, directed by Charles Pierce, (who happens to be buried in Dover, Tennessee.) On Sounds Good, Todd Hatton speaks with Presley about this dark chapter in his hometown's history.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

This month, in our Puppies Sound Good special series, featuring one or more puppies available for adoption at the Humane Society of Calloway County, we meet a lab mix named Squirt. He was very friendly with WKMS staff members and loved being cuddled. He fell asleep in the lap of Humane Society Executive Director Kathy Hodge during the Sounds Good conversation. Squirt was found as a stray and has since been given shots and wormed. He's currently being socialized with other dogs in a foster home.

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National Weather Service meteorologists say the Four Rivers region will see an extended period of arctic cold this week, with Tuesday the only day with above-freezing temperatures.  The NWS says the greatest concern will come late Tuesday night through early Thursday when a strong arctic high moves in from the plains states.  

The Great River Road National Scenic Byway follows the Mississippi River through ten states, from Minnesota to the Louisiana delta. Along the way, it moves through four Kentucky counties that make up the westernmost portion of the state: Ballard, Carlisle, Hickman and Fulton. In this portion of the road, travelers might see the Wickliffe Mounds, Ft. Jefferson, Columbus-Belmont Park, Dorena Hickman Ferry and other sites. Norma Pruitt is the Executive Director of the Kentucky Great River Region Organization and joins Todd Hatton on Sounds Good to share how this marketing organization came to be and hopes for future tourism.

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