Murray, KY – Last Saturday, while I was celebrating Commencement with my Murray State colleagues, I was thinking about beginnings and endings. I love the word Commencement: the name for the end of a college or high school or middle school or kindergarten or preschool career identifies that event not as an end, but as a beginning.

Murray, KY – I had to drive myself to Toledo, Ohio last week.

I got an early start, for me, and was cruising down I-24 listening to Morning Edition. Enjoying the familiar voices of Steve and Renee, Todd and Kate. And then. There I was on the exciting Western Kentucky Parkway and Oh, ugh. The further I went, the more WKMS got staticky but I refused to give up. Got to the point where I could only hear about every tenth word, but I would NOT TOUCH THAT DIAL and then it was just gone.


Murray, KY – When I moved from New Jersey to Kentucky twenty-one years ago, friends sent me sympathy cards. They thought I'd be isolated, out of the main stream, and warned of the usual southern stereotypes: No more merlot, just moonshine. Toss out the business suits and replace them with flour sack dresses. Start using words like "yall", phrases such as, "I reckon." It wouldn't be long, they swore, that I'd be saying, "I'm fixin' to go Wal-mart."

Of course, they were wrong.

Murray, KY – My name is Rusty Jones. I'm an English professor at Murray State University and a recent transplant to Kentucky.

Murray, KY – Every month, WKMS News Director Chad Lampe speaks with Murray State University President Dr. Randy Dunn. Today, we'll hear about controversy over state Senator Joey Pendleton and what steps Murray State will take to survive and thrive in tough economic times.

The Uses of History

Oct 5, 2008

Holiday Break

Jan 2, 2008
Dr. Duane Bolin

Murray, KY – There are two things students, professors and faculty collectively look forward to each year: Winter Break and Summer Break. With nearly 3 weeks in, and one week left, Commentator Duane Bolin, a Professor of History at Murray State, answers the question, What do professors do during winter break? At least, here's what he does

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Big Words

Dec 11, 2007

Murray, KY – According to the National Assessment for Adult Literacy, over 40% of the US Population read at a basic or below basic level. What's more is that the percentage of adults with proficient reading skills has declined over the past 10 years. Dr. Scott Vander Ploeg talks about the importance of effective language skills in a commentary he calls Big Words.

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Dr. Scott VanderPloeg

Murray, KY – Since 1983, the Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program has given outstanding high school students a chance to experience an intensive summer liberal arts program, combined with a full curriculum and residential life away from home. Commentator Scott VanderPloeg talks about the program and his summer with the students.

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