Datebook: May 11 - Fresh Air Turns 25

May 11, 2012

First, a happy birthday to us... WKMS turns 42 today! We're just thrilled to share a birthday with Fresh Air, which debuted as a daily NPR program on this day in 1987. The show began at WHYY in 1975 with host Judy Blank. Terry Gross took over as host later in the year and has been the presenter and producer ever since. Each week, nearly 4.5 million people listen to intimate conversations with interesting people on more than 450 NPR member stations across the country, and in Europe on the World Radio Network. The program received a Peabody Award in 1994, citing Gross for her "probing questions and unusual insights." In 2003, she received the Edward R. Murrow Award from the CPB for advancing the "growth, quality, and positive image of radio." Happy Birthday Fresh Air! Tune in to WKMS weekdays at 11 am!

It’s Friday, May 11

The Calloway County High School Speech Team will hold a Pancake Breakfast at Culvers tomorrow from 8 to 10AM.  The speech team is raising funds to travel to the CFL Grand National Speech Tournament in Maryland.  Tickets for the breakfast are $5.

The second annual Clean Up Day at Oak Grove Cemetery will be tomorrow from 9 to 2.  There will be a range of tasks for people with varying abilities, and equipment and cleaning materials will be provided.  The cemetery is located at 1613 Park Avenue in Paducah.

The Murray Middle School Band will hold its annual Jazz in the Park event tomorrow from noon to 8.  Middle and high school jazz bands from around the region will perform in the Central Park amphitheater.  Featured professional groups include Captain Freddy and the River Rats and the Todd Hill Orchestra.  In case of rain, the event will be moved to Murray Middle School. Admission is free. 

Find details about these and other community events at Thanks for listening.