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.

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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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4:59 am
Tue November 11, 2008

Veterans' Day 2008

Mike Freeland served as a combat medic in Europe during World War II. He?s the author of Blood River to Berlin and lives in Hopkinsville.
Mike Freeland

Murray, KY – Author and commentator Mike Freeland, a World War 2 combat medic, reflects on the cost of freedom and the responsibility of citizenship.

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Commentary
11:06 pm
Thu November 6, 2008

A Review of "Murdering Americans" by Ruth Dudley Edwards

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10:12 am
Fri October 31, 2008

1968: The Re-Invention of Richard Nixon

Commentary
12:57 am
Sun October 5, 2008

A Review of "Indian Pipes" by Cynthia Riggs

Commentary
12:51 am
Sun October 5, 2008

Fictive Kitchens

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Commentary
12:49 am
Sun October 5, 2008

Locavores

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Commentary
12:48 am
Sun October 5, 2008

My Bluetooth

Murray, KY – Hey, Dad, prompted my daughter, start your Bluetooth and I'll give you some new ring tones.
I don't know how to do that, I replied, sheepishly.
It's true, I admit it: I don't know how to work the Bluetooth feature of my cell phone.

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Commentary
12:47 am
Sun October 5, 2008

The Holiday You Missed

Murray, KY – I'll bet you missed it.

There it was: one of the most important observances in American history, and you overlooked the whole thing making potato salad for the Labor Day picnic.

I celebrated August 26th I'm proud to say, and no matter who you are, you should have been setting off fireworks or otherwise disturbing the peace of the neighborhood.

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Commentary
12:45 am
Sun October 5, 2008

On Richard Nelson's Gay Rights Editorials

Murray, KY – I find Richard Nelson of the Family Foundation's recent editorials about gay rights particularly offensive. After contacting WKMS I was invited to write a rebuttal, but calling this a rebuttal gives Nelson's words more legitimacy than I care to offer.

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Commentary
12:44 am
Sun October 5, 2008

Dream On Old Dog

Murray, KY – Every so often I'll get a panicky email from a new dog owner:

"I think my dog is having seizures. When he is sound asleep he will twitch his legs and his eyes roll around and he yelps in pain. What do I do?"

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