10:00 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Datebook: December 26 - Happy Kwanzaa!

Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration honoring African heritage, culminating in a feast and gift-giving. The seven core principles are: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. 

It’s Wednesday, December 26

The Red Cross offers a Babysitters Training Program on Saturday at 232 North 8th Street in Paducah.  Students learn to perform basic childcare skills, choose safe games and toys, handle discipline issues, and care for common injuries.  The cost is $85.  Register online at

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2:41 pm
Tue December 25, 2012

Datebook: December 25 - Merry Christmas!

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Merry Christmas from all of us at WKMS!

The 2013 Murray Half Marathon offers a 13-week training program starting in January.  The program is designed to help runners of any skill level train to run or walk the half marathon, the half marathon relay, or the 5K race.  Participants meet Saturdays at 10AM.  See details at the Murray Half Marathon Facebook page.

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10:41 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Datebook: December 21 - We're Still Here!

The day isn't over yet, but thankfully the Mayan calendar didn't signal the end times. Today is a turning-point, though, in the 5125-year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar. Some thought there'd be a great flood, others thought there'd be a balancing of the cosmos... I'm just glad I get to use my 2013 NPR Calendar.

It’s Friday, December 21

The Red Cross offers a Babysitters Training Program on Saturday, December 29, at 232 North 8th Street in Paducah.  Students learn to perform basic childcare skills, choose safe games and toys, handle discipline issues, and care for common injuries. The cost is $85.  Register online at

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11:45 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Datebook: December 20 - It's a Wonderful Life Released 66 Years Ago

The American Film Institute calls it one of the best and most inspirational films ever made... It's A Wonderful Life directed by Frank Capra, stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a man who had given up on living until meeting his guardian angel who shows him how different life would have been had ne never been born. P.S. Thanks for the wings! Love, Clarence

It’s Thursday, December 20

West Kentucky Community and Technical College hosts a photography contest complementing the community read of “Half Broke Horses,” by Jeannette Walls.  Photos should focus on horses or images including horses.  Entries are accepted through February 4.  Learn more at

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11:27 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Datebook: December 19 - A Christmas Carol Published 169 Years Ago

Charles Dickens captured the Christmas spirit on this day 1843 with the publication of A Christmas Carol, the story of Ebenezer Scrooge. It was an instant critical success, William Makepeace Thackeray called the book, "a national benefit to every man or woman who reads it." My favorite: Athenaeum declared it, "a dainty dish to set before a King."

It’s Wednesday, December 19

Adsmore House and Gardens in Princeton is decorated for the holiday season through December 29.  Journey back in time to Christmas Eve 1901 as the Smith-Garrett family celebrates their first Christmas in their new home.  Regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 to 4.  See more at

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11:19 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Datebook: Congress Passes Prohibition 95 Years Ago

Prohibition agents destroying barrels of alcohol, 1921
Credit Chicago Historical Society

On this day in 1917, Congress passed the 18th Amendment establishing the prohibition of alcoholic beverages in the US. While prohibition wasn't fully in effect until 1920, alcohol became difficult to acquire. The 21st amendment repealed the 18th in 1933, though in many parts of the US prohibition is more or less still in effect.

It’s Tuesday, December 18

Maiden Alley Cinema presents “Trading Places” tonight at 7 as part of their Film Brew series.  A snobbish investor and a wily con artist swap lives as part of a bet made by two callous millionaires.  The 1983 film stars Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy.  See details at

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10:37 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Datebook: December 17 - Grant Expels Jews from TN, KY and MS 150 Years Ago

On this day, General Grant issued General Order No. 11, expelling Jews from TN, KY and MS, including our listening area. He suspected Jewish traders of "profiteering" on organizing the illegal trade of black-market cotton. Lincoln expressed disbelief upon finding out and ordered Grant to revoke the order three days later. Hear a conversation with Dr. Jonathan Sarna, author of When General Grant Expelled the Jews.

It’s Monday, December 17

The Hopkinsville High School Choral Department presents their winter choir concert tomorrow night.  The concert is at 7 in the Christian County Schools Performing Arts Center, located at 215 Glass Avenue in Hopkinsville.  Tickets are $3 at the door.

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9:03 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Datebook: December 14 - Mariner 2 Flies Past Venus 50 Years Ago

The Mariner 2 was the first space probe to Venus and the first to conduct a successful planetary encounter. On this day in 1962, it scanned the planet with radiometers, revealing that Venus has cool clouds and an extremely hot surface. And the spacecraft... it's still out there, orbiting the sun. 

It’s Friday, December 14

The Graves County High School Orchestra, Jazz Band, Choir, and Drama Department join together to present “Candy Cane Classics!” tomorrow evening at 7.  The district-wide concert features all-time Christmas favorites.  Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students. 

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11:00 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Datebook: December 13 - Sir Francis Drake Sets Sail 435 Years Ago

Bad weather had set Drake and his crew back a few weeks to this day in 1577, when they set sail to circumnavigate the earth. They saw the sunbleached bones of Magellan's crew, captured a ship of Chilean wine, another ship full of gold, befriended an island sultan, and returned to be knighted by the Queen.

It’s Thursday, December 13

The Hopkinsville Art Guild Christmas Bazaar continues this month at the Guild Art Gallery, located in Bradford Square Mall.  Work for sale includes small original paintings, Christmas ornaments, cards, jewelry, pottery, and wood turnings.  Hours are 10 to 6 Wednesday through Saturday and 1:30 to 5:30 on Sundays.

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12:03 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Datebook: 12/12/12 - Marconi Gets First Transatlantic Transmission 111 Years Ago

On a blustery December day in 1901, Guglielmo Marconi climbed up Signal Hill overlooking St. John's in Newfoundland and received the first transatlantic radio signal, sent from his Wireless Station in Cornwall, UK. He famously said "See if you can hear anything, Mr. Kemp." Then the clicks came in Morse code: thanksamwell

It’s Wednesday, December 12

The Calloway County Public Library offers a free computer class titled “Holiday Crafts Using the Computer.”  The class meets Thursday morning from 9 to 11.  For details and registration, call the library at 753-2288.

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