1:00 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Datebook: March 7 - Bell Granted Patent for Telephone

Alexander Graham Bell raced to the patent office in 1876, beating out Elisha Gray for a patent, which he was granted on this day that covered "the method of, an apparatus for, transmitting vocal or other sounds telegraphically..." What better reason to make your pledge today to WKMS  by calling 800-599-4737! We appreciate your support!

It’s Thursday, March 7

There’s an opening reception tonight for the Paducah School of Art National Photography Invitational. The exhibit features works by leading artists employing a contemporary approach to the art of photography.  The reception is at the WKCTC Clemens Fine Arts Center Gallery from 5 until 7.

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1:20 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Datebook: March 6 - Ed McMahon Turns 90

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We lost Ed McMahon in 2009, but his legacy is best remembered as Johnny Carson's sidekick and announcer on The Tonight Show and as the host of Star Search. Conan O'Brien said Carson and McMahon created "the most iconic two-shot in broadcasting history. There will never be anything like that again."

It’s Wednesday, March 6

The Paducah Renaissance Alliance is now accepting applications from farmers who are interested in being vendors for the 2013 Downtown Farmers Market.  The market kicks off on April 25 and is open Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9 to 3 and on Thursdays from 2 to 6.  Apply at; click on events.

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12:32 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Datebook: March 5 - Rex Harrison Turns 105

He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for film and the other for television. Sir Rex Harrison won his first Tony as Henry VIII in 1949, and his second for Prof. Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady in 1957, which he reprised for the film in 1964. He was married six times, and died in 1990 at the age of 82.

It’s Tuesday, March 5

Alvin Wong, a new music cellist and Yale University doctoral candidate, gives a concert tomorrow night at 7:30 in the Performing Arts Hall at Murray State University.  The concert features a work by MSU composition professor Dr. Brian Ciach.  Admission is free. 

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9:55 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Datebook: March 4 - Columbus' First Return Home 520 Years Ago

"Columbus Before the Queen"
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When Columbus landed in Portugal on this day in 1493, word of finding new lands spread quickly. He was received a hero in Spain, and displayed captive natives, gold, the previously unknown tobacco plant, pineapple, turkeys, and hammocks. He called the coast of China "a miracle," not yet realizing exactly what he had found.

It’s Monday, March 4

The Murray Human Rights Commission invites all residents of Murray and Calloway County to participate in a Town Hall Meeting to be held next Monday night at 7 at Murray Middle School. The public forum addresses bullying in our community.

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10:59 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Datebook: March 1 - National Pig Day

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Happy National Pig Day! This national celebration was started in 1972 by two sisters, Ellen Stanley and Mary Lynne Rave. The holiday is to "accord the pig its rightful, though generally unrecognized, place as one of man's most intellectual and domesticated animals." Have a pig party!

It’s Friday, March 1

Dr. Meeyoun Park, pianist and visiting assistant professor at Murray State University, presents her debut solo recital Sunday evening at 6 in the Performing Arts Hall, located on the second floor of the Old Fine Arts Building on the MSU campus.  The free concert features works by Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and Mussorgsky. 

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10:00 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Datebook: February 28 - 60 Years Ago Watson and Crick Walk Into a Bar...


...and declare "we had found the secret of life." The truth wasn't far off for these molecular biologists, who determined the double-helix structure of DNA on this day in 1953. They had solved a mystery of science - how it was possible for genetics to be passed through generations. Someone buy these gents a drink!

It’s Thursday, February 28

Cinema International presents “Coriolanus” tonight through Saturday night at 7:30 in Murray State University’s Curris Center Theater.  The film version of Shakespeare’s tragedy features a Roman general whose resentment over a failed bid for political office leads him to treason.  Shows are free and open to the public.

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10:50 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Datebook: February 27 - Dexter Gordon Turns 90

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Today we remember the life and legacy of sax legend Dexter Gordon. He was one of the earliest jazz tenors to to adapt bebop to the instrument. Gordon's career spans over 40 years including an Academy Award nomination for Best Leading Role in Round Midnight, and a Grammy for the soundtrack.

It’s Wednesday, February 27

Maiden Alley Cinema in Paducah presents a live concert titled “3-Way Tie For First” Friday night at 6.  Featured performers include JD Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers, the Solid Rock’it Boosters, and the Wheelhouse Rousters.  KET films the concert.  A limited number of $5 tickets available at the door.

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10:47 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Datebook: February 26 - Ghost Rockets Over Sweden 67 Years Ago

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On this day in 1946, the first reports were filed of missile-shaped objects seen falling over Sweden. Some say it was a meteor shower, others suggest long-range rocket testing by the Russians. The Swedish Army directed newspapers to censor their reporting, but to this day their own investigators remain uncertain.

It’s Tuesday, February 26

Paducah native Samuel Hawkins presents “Spoken Word” tomorrow morning at 11 at the West Kentucky Community and Technical College Clemens Fine Arts Student Center.  The free presentation features Hawkins’s urban-style poetry.  Find more information at

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10:09 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Datebook: February 25 - George Harrison Turns 70

George Harrison was born on this day in 1943, and died November 29, 2001. He was the lead guitarist for the Beatles, was influential in the Hare Krishna movement alongside Ravi Shankar, and formed the Traveling Wilburys. Rolling Stone named him the 11th Greatest Guitarist of All Time.

It’s Monday, February 25

The American Red Cross holds a blood drive tomorrow afternoon from 1 to 5 at North Calloway Elementary School.  Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be at least 17 years old or 16 with a completed Parental Consent Form.  Learn more at

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11:06 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Datebook: February 22 - Legendary Broadway Flop Opens and Closes 30 Years Ago

Moose Murders, by Arthur Bicknell, is a mystery farce about a family at the "Wild Moose Lodge." Its single performance on this day in '83 was described by the New York Times critic as "the worst play I've ever seen on a Broadway stage." The play has become a touchstone of reference to Broadway flops.

It’s Friday, February 22

The Empty Bowls Project of Paducah is tomorrow from 11:30 to 2 at the Julian Carroll Convention Center.  Empty Bowls raises money for the community kitchen.  Choose a hand-crafted bowl, then fill it with food from participating restaurants.  The cost is $15.

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