WKMS Press Releases

Debuting Sunday, September 1 at 9 am

The words "Kentucky Coal" often summon images of the blackened faces of miners emerging from the dark pits of the eastern mountains. In fact, coal mining in the Commonwealth began long before, in the Western Coal Fields of the 1820s. Ever since, from the first mines of McLean's Drift Bank in Muhlenberg County, to the massive operations beneath many western counties, coal has been a major part of our region's life, its politics, and its economy. 

Made possible with the underwriting support of Jennmar.

WKMS is proud to present The Alonzo Pennington Band of Princeton in performance in the dance lounge of Murray State University's Curris Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, August 22. It's a Great Beginnings event to help welcome students back to campus. 

Protect My Public Media, Facebook

We're all smiles here at WKMS seeing Debi Danielson of the Murray Art Guild featured prominently on the Protect My Public Media campaign website and Facebook page. Protect My Public Media is the rebranding of 170 Million Americans, whose mission is to protect federal funding for local public media stations. Doubly exciting is seeing Bill Jones of Paducah also featured on the main page of the Protect My Public Media website with a testimonial for KET! We are quite fortunate and humbled to see such great support for public media in this region represented on the national level. Thank you for being a representative for public media wherever you go and wherever you may appear. See more at Protect My Public Media.

Murray State’s regional, listener supported public radio service 91.3 WKMS is pleased to announce that its development team is attending public media’s largest conference in Atlanta this week, at no charge to the station.  Development Director, Asia Burnett, won a full scholarship for the 2013 Public Media Development and Marketing Conference (PMDMC) July 10-13, 2013. Membership Coordinator Jenni Todd is also going with her conference fees underwritten by an anonymous donor.

Murray State’s NPR station, 91.3 WKMS-FM celebrates Independence Day with special programs on July 4 & 5. Hear fun and familiar songs from popular American artists hosted by Dr. Bob, patriotic music performed by the Paducah Symphony Choruses, and an intimate portrait by NPR’s Kelly McEvers about her struggles as a war correspondent.

Underwritten by Peel & Holland  

Hear the sounds of the Paducah Symphony Adult, Youth and Children’s Choruses and the Murray State Concert Choir as they perform a concert filled with some of our most beloved patriotic songs, including American folk music favorites from “My Old Kentucky Home” to “Oh Susanna.” Paducah Symphony Orchestra and Peel & Holland of Murray present "Made in America," a special 4th of July weekend special, broadcasting on July 5, from 11 a.m. to Noon.

Underwritten by Margaret Hank Memorial Cumberland Presbyterian Church

Back then, we sang. We sang at school. We sang at recess. We sang on camping trips and at Sunday School. We sang at home, gathered around the piano. We sang while we worked and just because it was fun. And of course, we sang along with the radio. We all knew the words to folk songs, kid songs, pop songs, hymns, funny songs, and the ones our grandmother taught us.

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Share your vacation photos with your WKMS logo-gear in tow. Wear your favorite WKMS shirt, carry a WKMS bumper sticker, or simply print off our Sounds Good bubble and take it with you on your travels and include it in vacation photos!

Grand Prize: Two round trip tickets courtesy of United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines, from Barkley Regional Airport in Paducah to Chicago O’Hare!

Murray State’s NPR station, 91.3 WKMS-FM will broadcast more afternoon news with the addition of two new programs The Takeaway and BBC Newshour, replacing NPR’s Talk of the Nation after it ends production due to its cancelation by NPR.

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