Commentaries

WKMS welcomes community members to self-voice self-authored compositions that express opinion, introspection or humor on topics of interest and importance to our audience. If you have an opinion, interest or review you'd like to share with WKMS listeners, please see the guidelines below. The views expressed in commentaries are the opinion of the commentator and don't necessarily reflect the views of WKMS.

The station will review every script before it is recorded with respect to:

  1. Libel or slander.
  2. Content that is more promotional than provocative.
  3. Accuracy.
  4. Personal attacks and ad hominem attacks.
  5. Political or religious content that promotes rather than informs.
  6. Appropriate usage, language and form for civil discourse.

The station will assist authors with:

  1. Making appropriate edits.
  2. Bringing the communication to proper time length, generally about 600 words or 3 to 4 minutes of spoken word.
  3. Recording the communication in the WKMS studio (unless other arrangements that yield equally acceptable audio are agreed to).
  4. Editing the communication and placing it in the WKMS schedule.

WKMS will require authors to provide the station a final script that will be filed in the news department and will be placed on the station's web site.

WKMS will need authors to provide a suggested introduction for each communication as well as a standard announcer outro script that includes author name, general place of residence, and whatever other personal information might lend authority or authenticity to the communication.

WKMS will schedule produced communications and inform the author of time(s). Generally these are aired three times each, but the rotation is solely at the discretion of the station.

WKMS will refuse to air communications that violate rules of the Federal Communications Commission for non-commercial, educational stations. Further, WKMS will refuse to air communications that would, for any reason, undermine its goodwill with the audience it serves.

If you find these terms agreeable, please email msu.wkmsnews@murraystate.edu to schedule a time in a studio to record.

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4:37 pm
Wed May 13, 2009

Graduating the WKMS Spring Fundraiser

Dr. Barbara Cobb

Murray, KY – Last Saturday, while I was celebrating Commencement with my Murray State colleagues, I was thinking about beginnings and endings. I love the word Commencement: the name for the end of a college or high school or middle school or kindergarten or preschool career identifies that event not as an end, but as a beginning.

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4:19 pm
Wed May 13, 2009

"I was a poop head before supporting WKMS"

Murray, KY – I had to drive myself to Toledo, Ohio last week.

I got an early start, for me, and was cruising down I-24 listening to Morning Edition. Enjoying the familiar voices of Steve and Renee, Todd and Kate. And then. There I was on the exciting Western Kentucky Parkway and Oh, ugh. The further I went, the more WKMS got staticky but I refused to give up. Got to the point where I could only hear about every tenth word, but I would NOT TOUCH THAT DIAL and then it was just gone.

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3:46 pm
Wed May 13, 2009

"I am connected to the world because of WKMS"

Murray, KY – When I moved from New Jersey to Kentucky twenty-one years ago, friends sent me sympathy cards. They thought I'd be isolated, out of the main stream, and warned of the usual southern stereotypes: No more merlot, just moonshine. Toss out the business suits and replace them with flour sack dresses. Start using words like "yall", phrases such as, "I reckon." It wouldn't be long, they swore, that I'd be saying, "I'm fixin' to go Wal-mart."

Of course, they were wrong.

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3:40 pm
Wed May 13, 2009

"I support WKMS because they support me"

Dr. Rusty Jones

Murray, KY – My name is Rusty Jones. I'm an English professor at Murray State University and a recent transplant to Kentucky.

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Commentary
10:47 am
Thu April 16, 2009

"April is the Coolest Month"

Robert Valentine

Murray, KY – You know the saying, "April showers bring May flowers." April is the first full month of spring and for many it evokes a spirited new beginning, for others: RAIN. Commentator Robert Valentine gives April a proverbial umbrella and says, it's not the "cruelest month," it's the "coolest month."

April is the cruelest month,
breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land,
mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.

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Commentary
10:40 am
Fri April 10, 2009

"What Happened? - Some Easter Thoughts"

Dr. Joe Fuhrmann

Murray, KY – The Easter miracle is a vital, and some would say indispensable, part of Christian doctrine. As Easter Sunday approaches, commentator and Murray State history professor Dr. Joe Fuhrmann asks believers and non-believers to take a moment to consider what happened on that day.

Easter is a special time for Christians.

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3:37 am
Thu March 5, 2009

Uncommon Mystery - Death at La Fenice

Murray, KY – Teatro La Fenice in Venice is one of the most famous opera houses in Europe and is the setting for the Donna Leon's internationally best-selling "Brunetti" mystery novel series. Commentator Michael Cohen peaks through the pages of this Venetian who-done-it in his latest Uncommon Mystery.

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11:27 pm
Tue February 10, 2009

"Bailing Out John Q. Public"

Murray, KY – First it was 700 billion, now it's 800 billion The price tag for resolving America's economic crisis continues to grow as more and more Americans are losing their jobs and homes. Commentator Doctor Bill Schell suggests a different kind of stimulus package: substantial public funds into the hands of individual householders.

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9:21 am
Fri December 19, 2008

Santa's Sigh

Paducah, KY – If you're looking for a warm and fuzzy Christmas present for a loved one, a puppy might not be the best idea. The Humane Society warns "a dog is a precious purchase that will be in someone's life for an average of 15 years, so it should not be an impulse buy." Commentator Patience Renzulli addresses this issue in a story titled "Santa's Sigh."

"Please, Santa, I would like my own puppy for Christmas. I've been very good this year. And I don't want anything else. Love, Julie."

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9:08 am
Fri December 19, 2008

Uncommon Mystery - Corpus Christmas

Murray, KY – There's nothing like a warm Christmas corpse to chill your bones in the holiday season. That's what the artisans of the Bruel House in Grammercy Park must deal with in Margaret Maron's novel, Corpus Christmas. Commentator Michael Cohen says this artsy mystery will have you guessing until the end.

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