Station Updates

WKMS programming and fundraising updates and other station announcements.

Here's a preview of our featured guests on Sounds Good next week, November 9 through 13. Hear the music and community conversation program weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The schedule may be subject to change.

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Here's a schedule of Halloween programming on WKMS. Halloween specials start this Thursday! We'll update this list as more program information becomes available. This is what we've got so far:

The Last Splash begins Friday, October 30 from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Retro Cocktail Hour moves to Thursday nights at 11 after The Off Beat.

For a music lover, there's nothing better than sitting down with some like-minded friends and putting on a record. That experience is at the heart of The Last Splash. Each week, Austin Carter, Tim Peyton, Corbet Hall, and Matthew Rowan come together with a bunch of their favorite music for two hours of tunes and conversation. 

Dana Hopkins

WKMS listeners across the region raised $125,000 in community support this fall, finishing the on-air portion of the drive strong on Wednesday, September 30, 2015. Together, listeners cut on-air fundraising by two days. 

Dana Hopkins

After a whirlwind All Things Considered and a rush through the first half of Marketplace, on Wednesday, September 30, WKMS listeners have reached goal, ending yet another pledge drive early, raising over $125,000 in community support!

Please note: Due to programming restrictions, this program will not be streaming online, but can be heard on an analog radio.  

Murray State’s listener supported public radio service WKMS-FM celebrates a special part of the station’s history with a recreation of The Black Cats Jump: Part Two, a thirteen part series of hour-long programs on African American big band music, originally created by the late Bobby Bryan and lovingly restored by Dr. Todd Hill and Mark Welch. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

It's been quite a week. In the past 5 days, you've raised over $100,000 for WKMS programming!

That means we're less than $23,000 away from meeting our goal for necessary broadcast expenses and ending this entire fundraiser.

So we think you've earned a little break. We'll be going silent today, giving you your Sunday programs free of interruption. 

United States Department of State, Public Domain

Airing Monday at 1 p.m. on WKMS (pre-empting The Takeaway) Hosted by Steve Inskeep

Few Americans remember that Iran launched its nuclear program in the 1950s with the direct backing of its then ally, the United States. That American support would turn to sanctions and threats of war over Iran's nuclear ambitions. The bitter rivals opened secret negotiations two years ago and are now party to a high-risk deal. Supporters and critics agree it's a pivotal moment -- but for better or worse?

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

WKMS-FM, Murray State’s NPR station, is proud to announce the “Kate B. Lochte Transmission Fund.” A quiet campaign to honor the station’s retiring manager began in June. The fund, to be used for equipment and infrastructure needs, was unveiled to a crowd of friends, listeners, donors and a surprised Lochte during a retirement reception Monday, August 31. 

[Audio, Slideshow] Thank You Kate

Sep 1, 2015
Matt Markgraf, WKMS

WKMS is saying goodbye to our fearless leader, station manager Kate Lochte. Kate has been with WKMS since 1989 and as station manager since 1992. She has been a tremendous leader for this station that has shown exponential growth on all fronts. Thanks, Kate for your service to this station and its members and listeners. Here is a short montage of some great "Kate" moments on air, all the best for your retirement.

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