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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." 

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In a flurry of calls just before 8 a.m. on Morning Edition, listeners have come together to finish the WKMS Spring Fundraiser in a record 6 days, raising $110,000 in community support! What a great way to celebrate 45 years of being on the air. We're still sounding good because our listeners keep it that way. Thank you to everyone who gave this Spring, to our Sustaining members who give all year, to everyone who gave before the on air drive got started, to our Underwriters, to our Volunteers, to our food and gift donors, and to our licensee Murray State University. We're here for you and because of you. Excellent work everyone. Get some rest, keep listening, and make great radio!

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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. 

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.

As we begin this 45th year of WKMS broadcasts, we thank you for amazing generosity at year's end! We enter the new year with a new weekday afternoon schedule for your listening pleasure. 

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We have a day for giving thanks. We have three for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. Today charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. 

Troy Taylor

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UPDATE - 7/24/14 11:30 AM -- Murray firefighters remain on the scene since they are concerned about the possibility of small rekindling flames. The fire department is continuing to investigate the start of the fire, which they believe began at Wilson's Florist. Roads surrounding the damaged buildings remain closed.

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A new state law requires utility companies to notify customers and county and city commissions when increasing their rates.

Joint Sewer Agency Director John Hodges says KRS 65A also means the districts permitted to tax residents will have to publicly notify those residents and the commissions the utility serves.

Murray State’s listener supported public radio service for the region. 91.3 WKMS, has added a third FM signal featuring all classical music to its array. Friday, May 23, 2014, 99.5 FM Murray signed on the air, joining 92.5 FM Paducah and 105.1 FM Madisonville, in transmitting the all classical service 91.3, WKMS-HD2. 

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