Todd Hatton

Morning Edition Host, Producer

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.

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Murray State University

As Gov. Matt Bevin prepares to present his two-year budget to the state's legislative chambers discussions are arising over his plans regarding funding higher education.

Murray State University President Bob Davies recently spent several days meeting with state leaders in Frankfort to discuss the issue. 

Courtesy of Ted Belue

"There were a lot of ways to die out there," says historian Ted Belue, a history professor at Murray State University, discussing the true story of frontiersman and fur trapper Hugh Glass, subject of the new film The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy is set in 1823 Montana and South Dakota. He speaks with Todd Hatton on Sounds Good about the history of the fur trade and why "malcontents" like Glass were drawn to the novelty of adventure and "hairy dollars."

Murray State University

This holiday season, many people are looking forward to a bit of a break before heading into the new year.  But for Murray State University President Bob Davies, that break is tempered with the knowledge that January 2016 is a budget year for the Kentucky General Assembly.  This likely means a renewed debate over higher education funding in the Commonwealth.  Dr. Davies sits down with Todd Hatton to talk about what else is ahead for MSU in 2016 and what's been achieved in 2015.

In their last quarterly meeting of 2015, the Murray State University Board of Regents heard details of proposed changes to the University's tuition model.  

Dr. Bob Davies, Twitter

Murray State University President Bob Davies delivered his first “State of the University” address earlier this month. He speaks with Todd Hatton on Sounds Good about the community dialog the event provides along with his thoughts on higher education performance funding and the upcoming state legislative session.


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.