WKMS Press Releases

Murray, KY- Murray State’s listener-supported, educational radio service 91.3, WKMS offers an hour of heart-tugging, funny, frightening, and personal stories told by your neighbors in the Four Rivers Region.  Murray, Paducah, Hopkinsville and Madisonville area residents share glimpses of their lives during the station's broadcast of Preserving Our Voices Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at noon.

Murray, KY- Dedicated WKMS listeners and underwriters topped the station’s autumn fundraising goal on Halloween Day, 2013 by contributing over $130,000 in support for this public radio service that Murray State University has provided the region, with community support, for over four decades.

Murray, KY- Murray State’s listener-supported, educational radio service 91.3, WKMS introduced the TED Radio Hour to 7 p.m. on its Sunday programming schedule in early 2013. Hosted by NPR’s Guy Raz, TED Radio Hour is based on TED Talks given by riveting speakers worldwide. Each weekly radio episode, hosted by Raz, is centered on a common theme and injects soundscapes and conversations that bring these ideas to life.

What do you get when you combine two former WKMS News reporters, a love of public media and their drive to tell stories in a new way? You get Just Next Door, a documentary storytelling series from baskhaus radio group, co-founded by Rebecca Feldhaus Adams and Shelly Baskin.

Just Next Door is a 30-minute occasional series that tells the stories from your community that you never thought to ask about.


Join us on The National Day of Listening, November 29, for a special broadcast of the oral history project Preserving Our Voices, airing during the noon hour of Sounds Good. In the month of October, WKMS staff members met at participating libraries with people from our region at who had stories to record and preserve. We've captured some of the highlights from these recordings and will present them to you the day after Thanksgiving. Hear some of the stories that make our home unique. 

Underwriter Spotlight: CFSB

Oct 22, 2013

It's definitely a treat this Halloween to celebrate our fifth year of underwriting support from CFSB! A community bank, CFSB employees are both team members and part owners with an interest in making the bank the best it can be for both themselves and future generations.

Back in the 1980s, The Black Cats Jump was a thirteen part series of hour-long programs on big band music with host Bobby Bryan and co-producer Mark Welch. The series featured some of the great black big band leaders, sidemen, vocalists, and arrangers. The first show aired live on Friday, October 3, 1980. Dr. Todd Hill and Mark Welch revisit the series for special airings Tuesdays at 9 p.m. during Cafe Jazz, starting September 17. Cafe Jazz hosts George Eldred and Todd Hill talk about the program and how they re-mastered the series with Mark Welch.

Participate in our special oral history project! Meet WKMS staff at participating public libraries and record your story for your family and for future generations. Many of these stories will air on WKMS on Friday, November 29, The National Day of Listening, on Sounds Good. And we’ll mail you a CD recording of your story in December for you to keep. To accommodate everyone we’ll limit recording sessions to 25 minutes.

See examples and more on StoryCorps'website.

A write-up about the event in the Kentucky New Era.

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The greatest gift for supporting WKMS is continued service of the quality programming you enjoy. Thank you for making a financial contribution to this station. 

Thank you all for achieving the WKMS fundraising goal during the Halloween edition of Sounds Good! Everything you hear on WKMS happens because of your giving. We thank volunteers, student interns, food and thank you gift providers, Rotarian partners, guests on air, and you for coming through once again. WKMS can't do without you!

Stay tuned... we're giving away five pairs of tickets to Here Come The Mummies. They're performing in Lovett Auditorium on November 21st at 8 pm! We'll announce the winners very soon!