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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.

Public radio is all about exploration.

You discover new stories, blaze new trails, and aren't afraid to push a little further.

Now you can exercise your body as well as your mind.

Everyone who gives this spring to keep the WKMS broadcast signal strong (including our sustaining members!) will be entered in the drawing for this Specialized mountain bike from Gear Up Cycles in Murray (a $700 value). 

Here's a rundown of our featured guests this week on Sounds Good:

Monday, March 30 

Murray State's Director of Governmental Relations Jordan Smith is with Kate Lochte to talk about the Legislative Research Commission's 2016 Legislative Intern Program for qualified college students.

Murray State's Muslim Student Organization offers an all-day Islamic Culture experience in the Curris Center Dance Lounge tomorrow and Kate Lochte learns about it from Murray  Political Science faculty Dr. Ihsan Alkhatib. 

WKMS presents Big Atomic as the winner of the second annual Battle of the Bands competition. The band was one of four finalists voted by WKMS listeners to perform at the Battle of the Bands finale on Thursday, March 27. The other three finalists were Red Ember, Leonard the Band and the Drunken Poets, all regional bands. 

Finalists each played three original songs in front of a sold-out crowd. The audience then casted votes to select the winner. With Red Ember as runner-up, Big Atomic was named the Battle of the Bands Champion.

There's nothing like the sound of vinyl, or the shows you love on WKMS. Now you can combine your love for the two!

When you give early, you keep our on-air fundraiser short – so you can hear more of the uninterrupted public radio programming you love. And now, as an added bonus, when you pledge before April 17, you’re automatically entered into the drawing for our "Retro Package" including a Crosley turntable and a stack of vinyl records including albums from The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and The Grateful Dead. 

Here's a rundown of our featured guests on Sounds Good this week:

Monday, March 16

Playhouse in the Park Murray is producing The Diary of Anne Frank this weekend and next, so we speak with Director Don Fleming and cast member Amanda Futrell, who portrays Mrs. Van Daan, one of the group in hiding with Ms. Frank.

In our second Racer Scholar Profile we meet the Hutson School of Agriculture's Dr. Shea Porr who engages students in equine research projects that introduce them to business and science experts along the way.

Thursday, April 2 in Paducah 

We're hosting a party for "Lake Wobegon aficionados" before the Garrison Keillor LIVE at The Carson Center show later that night.

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A new kind of mellow beat can be heard from your radio when you’re in need of a pick-me-up. WKMS introduces a new reggae show, March 22, The Off Beat.

Why reggae? The show’s host, Austin Carter, says, “why not reggae!” 

Here's the rundown of who's on Sounds Good this week:

Monday, March 9

MSU Minority Teaching Fellow Tracie Gilbert joins us to preview the film "Pariah" showing at the Curris Center Theatre tonight at 7:30.  It's the "coming of age Lesbian" art drama film that won the Excellence in Cinematography Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Mayfield's Ice House Gallery is showing "Scientific America; Photography by Ron Toth," through March 26th.  Toth is a plant sciences professor at Northern Illinois University.  Ice House Interim Director Ric Watson tells us about the show and what else is happening at the Gallery. 

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