WKMS Adds Civil War Special to Schedule

Murray, KY – Media Release: WKMS Adds Civil War Special to Schedule

January 13, 2011

Contact: Kate Lochte (kate.lochte@murraystate.edu or 800-599-4737)

With the help of historian Berry Craig, WKMS News has begun a weekly feature series - Kentucky Civil War Dispatches - to chronicle what was happening in Kentucky as the nation descended into civil war to mark the Civil War Sesquicentennial Year.

The Dispatches series debuted January 7 with an examination of events of January 1861 when supporters of former presidential candidates John Bell and Stephen A. Douglas were preparing for separate conventions in Louisville, conventions that would ultimately give birth to Kentucky's Union Party.

West Kentucky Community and Technical College history professor Berry Craig adds the Kentucky Civil War Dispatches to a long list of Civil War commentaries he's produced for WKMS over the years. A journalist and former columnist for the Associated Press, Craig is also the author of Hidden History of Kentucky in the Civil War and True Tales of Old-Time Kentucky Politics: Bombast, Bourbon, and Burgoo.

The Front Page and Morning Edition local host Todd Hatton produces the Dispatches, voicing Craig's texts and setting them to music of the Civil War period.

Kentucky Civil War Dispatches air Fridays at noon and Sunday mornings at nine on The Front Page, a weekly hour long production of WKMS News. The Dispatches are available on demand on the WKMS News page of www.wkms.org. They're also available as a free podcast through iTunes.

Click here to find out more and to hear the Kentucky Civil War Dispatches.

See more about all WKMS programming, at www.wkms.org. Murray State's public radio service includes 91.3 WKMS, Murray; WKMS HD-1 and All-Classical HD-2; 90.9 WKMD, Madisonville; 89.5 WKMT, Fulton; 99.5 Paris, TN; and All-Classical 92.5 Paducah and 101.5 Madisonville. The station streams both WKMS HD-1 and HD-2 at www.wkms.org.