WKMS Press Releases

WKMS Press Releases
10:29 pm
Sat May 16, 2015

Tower Lighting Upgrade Continues Monday (5/18)

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Monday update: Work resumes on our tower lighting system.  This means that 91.3 FM will transmit only on its low power auxiliary from Price Doyle and that 92.5 FM and 105.1 FM will be off the air until work's done.  89.5 FM Fulton, 90.9 FM Madisonville and 88.9 FM Murray will be on the air as usual.

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WKMS Press Releases
9:00 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Celebrating 45 Years of WKMS

WKMS-FM celebrates forty-five years of broadcasting. Today’s listeners, staff, volunteer show hosts and student interns who make WKMS thrive owe a great debt to the individuals who laid the groundwork for a University radio station back in 1964 and who brought the idea of the station to fruition on May 11, 1970.

During the opening ceremonies in 1970 the station went on air from Murray State’s campus with a broadcast of the National Anthem. One of the first voices heard on the station was Murray State President Harry M. Sparks who remarked, “Today Murray State University has reached another milestone. With the inauguration of radio broadcasting on WKMS-FM, we lengthen the shadow and multiply the sphere of influence of this university.” Back then the broadcast day was eight hours long and the coverage area was limited to western Kentucky with just 13,000 watts of power.

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WKMS Press Releases
10:35 am
Fri May 1, 2015

New WKMS News Documentary: "Western Kentucky A Birthplace of Steel"

A model of an 1850s iron furnace at Eddyville's Rose Hill Museum, demonstrating the process of converting iron ore into pig iron.
Todd Hatton, WKMS

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Explore the mystery surrounding the innovation that made the industrial might of America and the United Kingdom possible in the latest WKMS documentary production, Western Kentucky A Birthplace of Steel.

The production explores the history of western Kentucky's early 19th century iron industry and how one of the men behind it, William Kelly, developed the process of refining iron into steel that kickstarted America's rise to industrial might. There's also look at the controversy surrounding Kelly's invention and whether industrial espionage took it to Great Britain to begin the steel revolution there.

The documentary airs Friday, May 15 at noon and again Sunday, May 17 at 9 a.m.

WKMS Press Releases
3:45 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

WKMS News Wins AP Awards

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The Kentucky Associated Press notified WKMS News that its work for Murray State’s listener supported radio service has taken home several KAPB awards, including First Place awards for Best Political Coverage and Best Special/Series Documentary.

News Director and Assistant Station Manager, Chad Lampe expresses, "I'm proud of our team for such a great showing. The awards validate that our young team of students and recent graduates produce high quality content that resonates with listeners." 

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WKMS Press Releases
9:57 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Sounds Good Outlook: April 6, 7

Here's a look at our featured guests on Sounds Good today and tomorrow:

Monday, April 6

We catch up with former WKMS Newsman Jim Burress who is a guest speaker for the Arthur J. Bauerfeind College of Business at Murray State today, describing his career path which took him to WABE Atlanta and frequent reporting in areas of business and aviation for Marketplace.  

Murray-Calloway Endowment for Healthcare's Half Marathon is April 18th and our guest, the Endowment's Vice President for Development, Keith Travis, visits with the details.

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WKMS Press Releases
8:57 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Support WKMS and Bike in Style!

Public radio is all about exploration.

You discover new stories, blaze new trails, and aren't afraid to push a little further.

Now you can exercise your body as well as your mind.

Everyone who gives this spring to keep the WKMS broadcast signal strong (including our sustaining members!) will be entered in the drawing for this Specialized mountain bike from Gear Up Cycles in Murray (a $700 value). 

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WKMS Press Releases
10:29 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Sounds Good Week Ahead: March 30 - April 3

Here's a rundown of our featured guests this week on Sounds Good:

Monday, March 30 

Murray State's Director of Governmental Relations Jordan Smith is with Kate Lochte to talk about the Legislative Research Commission's 2016 Legislative Intern Program for qualified college students.

Murray State's Muslim Student Organization offers an all-day Islamic Culture experience in the Curris Center Dance Lounge tomorrow and Kate Lochte learns about it from Murray  Political Science faculty Dr. Ihsan Alkhatib. 

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WKMS Press Releases
4:29 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Big Atomic Voted Winner of WKMS Battle of the Bands

WKMS presents Big Atomic as the winner of the second annual Battle of the Bands competition. The band was one of four finalists voted by WKMS listeners to perform at the Battle of the Bands finale on Thursday, March 27. The other three finalists were Red Ember, Leonard the Band and the Drunken Poets, all regional bands. 

Finalists each played three original songs in front of a sold-out crowd. The audience then casted votes to select the winner. With Red Ember as runner-up, Big Atomic was named the Battle of the Bands Champion.

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Spring Fundraiser
11:57 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Give Early This Spring and You Could Win Our Retro Prize Pack!

There's nothing like the sound of vinyl, or the shows you love on WKMS. Now you can combine your love for the two!

When you give early, you keep our on-air fundraiser short – so you can hear more of the uninterrupted public radio programming you love. And now, as an added bonus, when you pledge before April 17, you’re automatically entered into the drawing for our "Retro Package" including a Crosley turntable and a stack of vinyl records including albums from The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and The Grateful Dead. 

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WKMS Press Releases
11:27 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Sounds Good Week Ahead: March 16 - 20

Here's a rundown of our featured guests on Sounds Good this week:

Monday, March 16

Playhouse in the Park Murray is producing The Diary of Anne Frank this weekend and next, so we speak with Director Don Fleming and cast member Amanda Futrell, who portrays Mrs. Van Daan, one of the group in hiding with Ms. Frank.

In our second Racer Scholar Profile we meet the Hutson School of Agriculture's Dr. Shea Porr who engages students in equine research projects that introduce them to business and science experts along the way.

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