WKMS News' Front Page changes times and format, environmental program joins schedule July 1

Murray, KY – Media Release: New Format and Times for WKMS News' Front Page and New Environmental Program Joins Schedule Effective July 1

Contact: Chad Lampe (chad.lampe@murraystate.edu, 800-599-4737)

The Front Page, WKMS News' weekly magazine moves from its original hour-long Fridays at noon position on the WKMS schedule to a new format and new times Fridays effective July 1, when the station adds Living On Earth as its weekly Friday noon feature.

The new format for The Front Page comprises a Front Page AM at 8:35 taking the place of two "rollover" segments of NPR's Morning Edition Fridays only. Front Page PM will bring new content to air at 6:30 taking the place of NPR's All Things Considered between Marketplace and World Cafe Fridays only.

For Front Page Sunday WKMS News will combine the reports from each original Friday segment with even more content in the program's original hour-long format and Sunday time - 9 a.m., starting July 3. Sunday broadcasts are underwritten by Taylor & Associates, PLLC in Paducah.

WKMS News Director Chad Lampe says "by moving our Front Page content into NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered on Fridays, we hope more listeners will be able to hear the award-winning work our reporters are doing. It also gives us a chance to present Front Page Sundays as a first-run news magazine rather than a repeat of the same hour heard on Fridays.

Living on Earth - which premieres Friday, July 1 at noon - fills the slot created by the new Friday format and times for The Front Page. Steve Curwood hosts Living on Earth, a weekly Public Radio International program exploring how humans interact with their world through news reports, interviews and commentary on a broad range of ecological issues. Recent programs examined turning waste to fuel, the recent Fukushima disaster, electric cars in Los Angeles suburbs, and tornado recovery efforts.

See more about all WKMS programming at www.wkms.org, including other new features beginning the July 4th weekend. Murray State's public radio service includes the regional 100,000 watt signal 91.3 FM WKMS, Murray; 91.3 WKMS HD-1 and All-Classical HD-2; repeaters 90.9 FM, WKMD, Madisonville and 89.5 FM, WKMT, Fulton; and translators 99.5 FM Paris, TN as well as All-Classical 92.5 FM Paducah and 105.1 FM Madisonville. The station also streams both WKMS HD-1 and HD-2 at www.wkms.org. Call 800-599-4737 for additional assistance.