WKMS Press Releases

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. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

David Weatherly is a Renaissance Man and we've been lucky to have him at WKMS for the better part of 20 years. When you listen to House Blend you can tell he is a music lover - jazz, rock, funk, 80s pop, movie soundtracks and legacy artists. He has an analytical ear and simply loves good music! 

David's final broadcast of House Blend will be Friday, August 14. We'll make an announcement about the next program to take over the Friday 9-11 p.m. slot very soon. 

The WKMS Newsroom recently received two national awards for the radio documentary Living on the Line: Poverty in Western Kentucky at the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) annual conference in Salt Lake City. Attending the conference as a Board Member of the organization, WKMS News Director Chad Lampe accepted the awards given to the WKMS Newsroom for reporting about people challenged by the economy in the WKMS listening area.

Bikes and Moore, Hopkinsville

"Moore Than Just a Bike Shop"

Summertime weather is upon us, and Hopkinsville underwriter Bikes & Moore is helping listeners across the region enjoy the great outdoors in style. Whether it's for fitness, racing, commuting, or just plain fun, Bikes and Moore matches people up with the "wind in their hair" bicycles of their dreams. 

Special Programming for 4th of July Weekend

Jun 10, 2015
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We're celebrating Independence Day all weekend long with special programming, including concerts, documentaries and a Fireworks Rhythm & Blues Revue produced by Dr. Bob! Here's the list of dates and times so you can mark your calendar for a fun-filled weekend.

Tower Lighting Upgrade Continues Monday (5/18)

May 16, 2015
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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.

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.

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 News Wins AP Awards

Apr 30, 2015
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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." 

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.