Station Updates

WKMS programming and fundraising updates and other station announcements.

WKMS Brings Home 5 National PRNDI Awards

Jun 25, 2018

WKMS is proud to bring home five national Public Radio News Directors Inc. awards for outstanding news reporting. 

Haven't Given This Year? Be Counted.   

Sometimes fundraising can seem like just one or two folks writing big checks. But when it comes to public radio, EVERY listener matters - especially you!

Photo Credit: 2006 NPR by Steve Barrett

Mark your calendars for Thursday, June 7th to hear stories from behind the scenes of one of the most eventful news cycles in recent history. WKMS and Murray State's Town and Gown bring NPR White House Correspondent Scott Horsley to Murray to answer your questions at a free community event at MSU's Wrather Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.  

Scott Horsley is a White House correspondent for NPR News. He reports on the policy and politics of the Trump Administration.



Does your band have what it takes?

Send us your best original song by Sunday, March 4th at midnight, and your band could be voted among the finalists to perform live at Maiden Alley Cinema for the Grand Prize. 

KAPB Breaking News Award Entry-WKMS

Jan 25, 2018

WKMS, which is licensed to Murray State University, was alerted of a dormitory explosion on Wednesday, June 28 when the on-campus building in which the station is housed shook from the blast. 

Reporter Nicole Erwin phoned Station Manager Chad Lampe who was offsite at the time of the explosion to come in for coverage get on the air of the radio station. It happened that many other staff members were on vacation at the time.  Erwin began collecting information for this web post which was updated continually along with social media posts: 

J. Tyler Franklin / KyCIR

  Louisville Public Media announced today that the executive committee of the Board of Directors has appointed Stephen George, LPM’s executive editor, to serve as interim president and general manager, effective immediately.

NPR Host Robert Siegel Signs Off

Jan 5, 2018

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the median number of years that American workers have been working for their current employer is a little over four.

I say that to acknowledge how unusual it is that I have been working at National Public Radio for a little over 40 years — 41, to be precise.

For the past 30 years, I've been doing the same job: hosting All Things Considered. And doing it very happily.

No one is more surprised by my tenure than I am.

Holidays Sound Good 2017

Nov 15, 2017
Jim Bryant

It is time for another great season of holiday listening on WKMS. Our "Holidays Sound Good" schedule is full of your traditional favorites and a few new programs. Thanks for listening and be sure to tell us what you think about these special programs.

Full Schedule: 

Stories that make you think, news coverage that connects you to people around the globe, music that moves and inspires: Don't let 2017 end without making your gift to support public radio in your community! 

This holiday season is a great time to support WKMS and help people who need it, too, thanks to two great community partnerships. When you give before December 13th at midnight you can help provide:

Chad Lampe, WKMS

Hopkinsville Brewing Company was host to the final chapter of the 2017 WKMS Short Storytelling Contest in late October. The four finalists who presented their work were Barbara Cobb, Angie Hatton, Rachel Lundberg, and Summer Warner. The crowd voted Barbara Cobb winner with her post-apocalyptic story "Not Up."

Congratulations to all who entered stories and to the final four writers. Below you can read all four stories, including the winning story, "Not Up."

"Not Up" by Barbara Cobb