Media Release: WKMS Celebrates America with Special Programs

Jun 28, 2013

Murray State’s NPR station, 91.3 WKMS-FM celebrates Independence Day with special programs on July 4 & 5. Hear fun and familiar songs from popular American artists hosted by Dr. Bob, patriotic music performed by the Paducah Symphony Choruses, and an intimate portrait by NPR’s Kelly McEvers about her struggles as a war correspondent.

On Thursday, July 4, join Dr. Bob from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Songs We Use to Sing, sponsored in part by Margaret Hank Memorial Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Paducah. Songs We Use to Sing is a celebration of the great tradition of singing songs together on camping trips, at school and along with the radio. You’ll hear familiar American songs performed by artists across the spectrum of popular music including Dolly Parton, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Cash and Judy Collins. Songs We Use to Sing preempts Sounds Good with Tracy Ross on Thursday.

Two specials preempt Sounds Good on Friday, July 5. At 11 a.m. hear the Paducah Symphony Orchestra’s Made in America concert, sponsored in part by Peel & Holland of Benton, Murray, Mayfield and Paducah. The concert features the PSO family of choruses including the PSO Adult, Children’s and Youth Choruses, as well as the Murray State Choir. The concert’s theme is “American Folk Music.” You’ll hear arrangements of “My Old Kentucky Home,” “Shenandoah,” “The Water is Wide,” “Oh Susanna,” and many others. PSO Choral instruction includes Dr. Bradley Almquist as Choral Director, Dr. Amy Aucoin as Youth Chorus Conductor, and Devonda Treece and Brett Chittenden on piano. This concert was originally recorded in February at Immanuel Baptist Church in Paducah.

At Noon hear Diary of a Bad Year: A War Correspondent’s Dilemma. This one-hour special is the gripping story of NPR’s Kelly McEvers and her experience as a war correspondent in the Middle East. She chronicles her time and her personal struggles in 2012 as she works as a reporter in dangerous places like Bahrain, Yemen, and Syria. Colleagues and friends with her “in country” were being kidnapped, some even killed. Her goal with the diary was to answer one question, “Why do otherwise intelligent people risk their lives when they don’t have to?” The program includes interviews with renowned war correspondent Paul Wood of the BBC, Sebastian Junger co-director of the award-winning film Restrepo, among others. Diary of a Bad Year is an intimate portrait of the sacrifices war correspondents and their families make to tell untold stories, and the sometimes dangerous allure of the job.

WKMS has a weekly audience estimated at about 25,000 listeners in the Four Rivers Region of western Kentucky, southernmost Illinois and northwestern Tennessee. The station's public media services include 91.3 WKMS-FM, Murray; WKMS HD-1 and All-Music HD-2; 90.9 WKMD and WKMD HD-1 and HD-2, Madisonville; 89.5 WKMT, Fulton; 99.5 Paris, Tenn., and All-Music 92.5 Paducah and 105.1 Madisonville. The station also offers both channels WKMS HD-1 and HD-2 at, where regular weekly schedules of programs are available. Listeners with questions can call 1-800-599-4737 during regular business hours.


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