The Kentucky Associated Press has notified WKMS News that its work for Murray State’s listener supported radio service has won two 1st place awards of excellence in its newly reorganized non-commercial radio category of competition. WKMS was among first-place winners with “The Best of Show” award in the Radio category. Radio stations across the Commonwealth participated in the 2012 Kentucky Associated Press Awards competition.
News Producer and Morning Edition Host Todd Hatton won 1st place for Best Special Series/ Documentary -“Kentucky’s Civil War,” and 2nd place for Best Use of Sound – “Hotel Metropolitan Ghost Hunt”. The WKMS News Staff received a 1st place award for Best Continuing Coverage – “Flood Recovery Efforts in Four Regions.” WKMS News Intern Gary Pitts won an Honorable Mention for Best Public Affairs – “Clarks River Water Pollution.”
WKMS Station Manager Kate Lochte says, “Our News Department is truly the ‘little engine that could.’ Despite its being a training center for public radio journalists (who have found employment at other public radio stations after graduation), WKMS News consistently shines in Kentucky Associated Press Awards of Excellence Competition. We thank our listener-contributors for making this work possible, since their gifts fund WKMS News Intern salaries, equipment and travel!”
News Director/Assistant Station Manager Chad Lampe says, “We are always proud of our reporting and reporters, but this validates our work to bring our listeners and listener members valuable news and information.”
The WKMS News team that Lampe directs includes News Producer and local Morning Edition Host Todd Hatton, and WKMS News Interns Gary Pitts, Shelly Baskin, Rose Krzton-Presson, Seth Helton, and Drew Adams. New Media and Promotions Coordinator Matt Markgraf manages the station's online content and public safety emergency information. WKMS reports news for southernmost Illinois, western Kentucky and northwest Tennessee.
The station's media services include 91.3 WKMS, 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 101.5 Madisonville. The station also offers both channels WKMS HD-1 and HD-2 at wkms.org, where schedules of programs are also on view.