WKMS Press Releases

Dedicated listeners and underwriters met the WKMS spring fundraiser goal of $130,000 in community support in early May. WKMS-FM is the listener supported public media service of Murray State University, serving southernmost Illinois, northwestTennessee, and western Kentucky. Individual contributions and matching grants go to the WKMS budget for programming, transmission, and related expenses for the 100,000 watt public service.  

Murray State's listener supported public radio service 91.3 WKMS presents a special live broadcast from the Main Stage of Paducah’s LowerTown Arts and Music Festival on Friday, May 18, at 7 p.m. WKMS Program Director and Beyond the Edge host Tracy Ross emcees the live broadcast preempting World Café and House Blend. This marks the second consecutive year WKMS has partnered with the LowerTown Arts and Music Festival for a live broadcast from the festival.

Many listeners hands make light work of the WKMS spring fundraiser goal!

“Public radio continues to prove its undisputed relevance in the modern world by providing up to the minute news, music, educational programming, and emergency communications when all other systems fail.” - Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear

See a list of Giveaways and Thank-You Gifts

Murray State’s public radio service 91.3 WKMS expands the diverse array of American music on its program schedule by adding American Routes beginning Sunday, April 29, at 2 p.m. Host Nick Spitzer, a veteran radio personality, folklorist and professor of anthropology and American studies at Tulane University, brings American Routes to nearly one million listeners on public radio station nationwide each week.

The Kentucky Associated Press has notified WKMS News that its work for Murray State’s listener supported radio service has won two 1st place awards of excellence in its newly reorganized non-commercial radio category of competition. WKMS was among first-place winners with “The Best of Show” award in the Radio category.  Radio stations across the Commonwealth participated in the 2012 Kentucky Associated Press Awards competition.   

Murray State's public radio service 91.3 WKMS presents BURN: an Energy Journal, airing Thursdays, April 19 and 26, at noon. BURN: An Energy Journal is the flagship program of The Public Radio Energy Project.Host Alex Chadwick, a veteran reporter and writer, maintains that energy is the fundamental issue of our time; it powers our homes and our economy; it creates troubled alliances; it empowers and impoverishes; and enables almost all that we do as a society.

Work is underway installing an emergency generator at the WKMS LBL transmission center.  This will require turning off the HD transmitter.  As a result WKMS-HD channels and service at 92.5 FM, Paducah will be off the air for several hours as needed.  We apologize for this inconvenience. NOTE: This will not affect our web streams.

Click here to see some photos of the new generator site.

WKMS-FM and Murray State University’s Teacher Quality Institute have teamed up for the fifth year of a special project during April, National Poetry Month. WKMS broadcastsPoetry Minutes, short poems by students in western Kentucky public schools, that air at 7:19 a.m. and 4:19 p.m. weekdays through Monday, April 30. Poems will also be posted on the station’s website wkms.org, along with the Journey Stories images that inspired them, so the work of the young writers can be heard any time.

Murray State's listener supported public radio service, 91.3 WKMS-FM had reached 80 percent of its first fundraiser goal of 2012 as of Monday, March 26.  Station Manager Kate Lochte says, "We're grateful that many listeners have already contributed so generously towards our spring fundraising goal in community support.  We must continue to ask others to complete the goal, since cuts in grant funding for equipment replacement demand we establish an emergency contingency fund in addition to our necessary annual operating budget."

Media Release: Media Release: Fundraising Underway for Public Radio Service WKMS

Date: 03.08.12

Contact: Membership Coordinator Jenni Todd (270-809-4748 or jtodd14@murraystate.edu)

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