WKMS Programming

Mornings on NPR will sound a little different, thanks to a cascade of host changes triggered by Renee Montagne's departure as Morning Edition co-host.

Rachel Martin, currently host of Weekend Edition Sunday, will be joining David Greene and Steve Inskeep as co-host on weekday mornings.

Lulu Garcia-Navarro, NPR's South America correspondent, will be picking up the mantle at Weekend Edition Sunday.

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New to the WKMS Saturday night lineup is Sound Opinions – a show for people who love smart and engaging music, criticism and conversation. 


Join us for NPR News' coverage of Super Tuesday March 1st from 7-9 p.m. Hosts Ari Shapiro and Rachel Martin will anchor live special coverage of primaries and caucuses held in 14 states and territories including Tennessee.

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Feb 3, 2016
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WKMS Special Programming for Valentine's Day

Feb 2, 2016
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Feel the love with WKMS local music hosts this Valentine’s Day! Here's the rundown of romantic programming: 

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Join WKMS Tuesday evening for live coverage of Governor Matt Bevin's State of the Commonwealth/Budget Address. This address begins at 6 p.m. (Central Time). We thank KET for making this broadcast possible.

Here's a preview of our featured guests on Sounds Good, January 11 - 15, as we prepare for the Spring semester beginning at Murray State, January 19. Hear the music and community conversation program weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The schedule may be subject to change.

Monday, January 11

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On Tuesday, January 12, President Barack Obama will deliver his State of the Union address, starting at 8 p.m. central time. NPR will provide live anchored coverage of the President's speech as well as the Republican response from Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina. This will be the last State of the Union address of his presidency.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day is January 18 and we're celebrating his life and legacy with two specials, preempting Sounds Good.

At 11 a.m. hear Global Village Dr. King Day, with songs dedicated to him and his leadership in the Civil Rights Movement. At Noon, hear Humankind Special, The Power of Nonviolence: The Spirituality of Peacemaking, an insightful and uplifting look at breaking the cycle of violence at home and abroad.

Andy "Jazzman" Smith has been a Sunday afternoon fixture on WKMS and The Jazzman Show has aired for almost 20 years. We're sad to say the final program was last Sunday (December 27) as Andy retires his program. George Eldred and David Fleming produced his show and chatted with Andy about the memories:

The Jazzman Show will continue to air from time to time on The Jazz Vault. WKMS thanks Andy for all his volunteered time, effort and love of the music. 

The Eisenhower Hour takes over the Sunday, 1 p.m. time slot beginning January 3.