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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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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Kentucky has withdrawn its offer of tax incentives for a Christian theme park in Northern Kentucky. The decision comes after the Christian non-profit Answers In Genesis, which controls Ark Encounter, refused to provide written assurance to the cabinet that the park would not discriminate in hiring decisions based on religion.

Our monthly feature, "Puppies Sound Good" brings Kathy Hodge from the Humane Society of Calloway County and a puppy (or puppies) available for adoption to our studio in search for a home. Today, we met Chester, a black lab. Hodge says he's about 12 weeks old, but was brought in as a stray so they don't know much about his ancestry. Chester was shy at first (seeing more humans in one room than he had his entire life) but after a few treats, he warmed right up and sat in Todd Hatton's lap during the interview. He seemed very relaxed and laid back. Kathy and Todd Hatton also talk about what's going on at the Humane Society and some advice for those thinking about pets as a Christmas gift.

Today on Sounds Good we met Howie, a fluffy golden retriever mix puppy, available for adoption at the Humane Society of Calloway County. Howie is mostly black, with white paws and a white chest. He was very cuddly and playful at WKMS, and one of the more relaxed puppies to visit the station. When the conversation began, Howie gave Todd Hatton puppy kisses and fell asleep next to his seat. Humane Society's Kathy Hodge says that's the kind of puppy he is. They also discuss upcoming events and activities for pets and their owners.

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The Kentucky Community and Technical College System has named current KCTCS chancellor Dr. Jay Box the preferred candidate to succeed retiring president Dr. Michael McCall.  The system’s Board of Regents selected Dr. Box with a unanimous vote at a special meeting in Frankfort Tuesday.  They will meet again November 19th to vote on the final contract for the new president. 

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Christian County Public Schools is among the eighteen districts across the state to win an Instructional Transformation Grant from the Kentucky Department of Education.  CCPS will receive $100,000 annually over three years to help teachers implement the Common Core Academic Standards. 

A  Murray State political science professor is studying last night’s election results to learn what factors influence voter decisions.

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The 2014 election results brought good news for Republicans and incumbents in west Tennessee.  Only one of the state legislators in the WKMS listening area failed to keep his seat, Democratic 74th District State Representative John Tidwell of western Montgomery, Houston, and Humphries counties.  Fellow Democratic State Representative Joe Pitts of Clarksville’s 67th District survived his challenge from independent candidate Mike Warner. 

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The Kentucky Attorney General’s office received a total of two hundred and twenty-six calls on their Election Fraud Hotline for the 2014 general election.  Only twelve of those calls, or a little over five percent, were from western counties.  According to the AG’s report, nine came from McCracken and one each came from Christian, Graves, and Todd counties. 

Jackson Purchase Energy

Jackson Purchase Energy Corporation President and CEO G. Kelly Nuckols says he will step down in 2015 from the post he’s held for seventeen years.  Nuckols says his retirement, set for April 30th was prompted by his desire to spend more time with his family, his two grandsons in particular.  Until his departure, he will serve in a consulting capacity to help smooth the transition. 

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