WKMS Press Releases

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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With the retirement of Kate Lochte at the end of this month, Murray State’s public radio station WKMS will have a new station manager for the first time since 1992. 

Update: John chats with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about the show on August 21, 2015. Audio added.

John Null hosts a new show heavily rooted in the underground music scene of the 1980s. Artists like The Smiths, The Replacements, The Cure, New Order, David Bowie and Depeche Mode form the substratum of Left of the Dial, but you’re guaranteed at least a couple Reagan-era jams every week that you’ve never heard before. 


Murray, KY- A new locally produced music program, Left of the Dial, debuts on Murray State University’s listener supported public radio service WKMS Friday, August 21 at 9 p.m. 

Caroline Bowman

Murray, KY - Murray State’s listener supported public radio service WKMS-FM hosts its first ever Live Lunch: After Dark free concert on Tuesday, August 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. on the stage of MSU's historic Lovett Auditorium.