WKMS Press Releases

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.

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. 

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