Kentucky's Most Influential Politicians of the 20th Century

Murray, KY – Murray State's public radio service, 91.3 FM, WKMS airs a special broadcast of the WKMS News weekly newsmagazine The Front Page on Friday, June 25 and Sunday, June 27. The broadcast features profiles of Kentucky's ten most influential politicians of the 20th Century. The order of the profiles, from least to most influential, will be determined by listeners voting their preference at the station's website,

The series looks at the lives and careers of Governors A.B. "Happy" Chandler, Bert Combs, and Martha Layne Collins; U.S. Congressmen Carl Perkins, Hal Rogers, and William Natcher; U.S. Senators Wendell Ford, John Sherman Cooper, and current minority leader Mitch McConnell, and U.S. Vice President Alben Barkley.

The series was produced in conjunction with Kentucky Public Radio commemorating the Kentucky State Capitol Centennial. WEKU's News Director Charles Compton coordinated the project and KPR correspondents provided the individual profiles. WKMS' Front Page and Morning Edition host Todd Hatton produced the installment on Congressman, Senator, and Vice President Alben Barkley of Paducah.
Kentucky Public Radio is a consortium of the Commonwealth's public radio stations working in concert to provide comprehensive statewide news and information. WKMS is a proud member of the KPR family.

WKMS broadcasts at 91.3 FM, Murray with 100,000 watts; WKMS HD-1 and all classical WKMS HD-2; 90.9 WKMD, Madisonville; 89.5 WKMT, Fulton; 99.5 Paris, TN; all classical 92.5 Paducah and 105.1 Madisonville; and The station's coverage area includes western Kentucky, southernmost Illinois, and northwestern Tennessee. Station funding comes from listeners, underwriters, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and Murray State University. For more information or to become a member of WKMS and receive station communications call 800-599-4737 or visit