Murray State's Public Radio Service Signs on New Signals

Murray, KY – Murray State's Public Radio Service Signs on New Signals

Date: April 12, 2010

Contact: Kate Lochte (, 800-599-4737)

WKMS-FM - Listeners in Madisonville, Hopkins County and its bordering counties have a new public radio signal at 90.9 FM, Madisonville, a repeater for 91.3 FM, WKMS, Murray State's listener -supported public radio service. Also, listeners in Madisonville now have a new all-classical channel 24 hours a day on the WKMS translator, 105.1 FM, now programming the WKMS HD-2 channel.

Madisonville Community College (MCC) President Dr. Judith L. Rhoads says, "Listening to public radio is a part of my life. Listening to the different programs is inspirational and educational. Many times I feel like I have attended the symphony. I love public radio!"

"Offering this service has been within WKMS sights for some time," says Murray State University President Dr. Randy J. Dunn, "and we are happy to expand our engagement with the Madisonville community. Our outreach is already significant with MSU's extended campus offerings at Madisonville Community College and this represents an additional step in fulfilling Murray State University's commitment to the service region."

WKMS and MCC are also partnering with local first responders with Madisonville City Police and the Hopkins County Sheriff's Department to install their communication equipment on the new tower. MCC Dean of Business Ray Gillaspie says, "The timing was perfect for this collaboration which will improve public safety communications in our community and do so with shared facilities and a reduction in cost."

The new 90.9 FM repeater is transmitting at slightly over 20,000 watts from a new tower on the MCC campus. WKMS Station Manager Kate Lochte says "90.9 FM is engineered to reach listeners in parts of Union, Webster, Davies, McLean, Ohio, Muhlenberg and Christian counties previously outside a public radio signal area, so we look forward to serving this expanded area."

For more information about Murray State's public radio service, including 91.3 FM, Murray, 90.9 FM and classical 105.1 Madisonville, 92.5 FM Paducah, and 99.5 FM Paris, Tennessee, as well as 91.3 WKMS HD-1 and HD-2 and two channels streaming at, call 800-599-4737 or browse