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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Commentary
5:23 am
Mon May 7, 2007

Commentary - To Change the World

Murray, KY – In the wake of the Virginia Tech Massacre, students and community members across the nation have joined together in hopes to prevent violence in their neighborhoods. But Psychologist Kenneth Thomas says why that might not be enough and offers his expertise on what he thinks needs to happen.

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5:23 am
Thu May 3, 2007

Commentary - Martinez Rogers

Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – The music business today is crossing genres, breaking boundaries, and opening doors like never before. Dr. Brian Clardy talks about an up and coming musician doing all of these things with jazz music in a small studio in his apartment.

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3:54 am
Thu April 19, 2007

Commentary - Kurt Elling

Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – Contemporary jazz vocalist Kurt Elling has been wowing many critics with his latest album titled "Nightmoves." Dr. Brian Clardy talks about what he alls the "Subdued Virtuosity" of Elling's new album and why the critics are impressed.

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3:44 am
Thu April 5, 2007

Commentary - John Coltrane

Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – Finding love in a society seemingly filled with hate can be very difficult. Dr. Brian Clardy talks about how one jazz performer devoted an entire album to love during one of America's most turbulent times.

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4:52 am
Mon April 2, 2007

Commentary - No Daughter of Mine

Constance Alexander

Murray, KY – The words, "No daughter of mine" are familiar enough to young women who've heard the phrase countless times as they struggle for independence from strict parents. Commentator Constance Alexander remembers hearing it often from her parents... until that one summer.

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4:36 am
Mon April 2, 2007

Commentary - Is Our Money Friendly to Bilnd People?

Dr. Joe Fuhrmann

Murray, KY – We can identify the American dollar by its famous green coloring, but how identifiable is it for the blind? Dr. Joe Fuhrmann talks about some changes he would like to see.

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3:38 am
Tue March 27, 2007

Commentary - Mulgrew Miller

Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – Mulgrew Miller is said to be a leader among contemporary Jazz Pianists. Dr. Brian Clardy, Assistant Professor of History at Murray State, talks about why Miller is more than just a listening experience.

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2:42 am
Fri March 16, 2007

Commentary: A New Series of Coins Honoring our First Ladies

Dr. Joe Fuhrmann

Murray, KY – We all know the US coins feature heads of famous presidents, but Dr. Joe Fuhrmann says we might see coins featuring the heads of our first ladies.

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Environment
11:20 pm
Thu March 15, 2007

Commentary - Energy Independence Isn't Enough

Murray, KY – We rely on the use of energy to fit the demands of our global economy. But Mark Donham says our current goals for energy conservation may not be enough to protect our environment and ourselves.

Click the "Listen" icon above to hear Mark Donham's commentary. Donham is a resident of Brookport, Illinois, and is Program Director of Heartwood, a regional environmental organization. .

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Culture
4:19 am
Fri March 9, 2007

Von Freeman and the Definition of Celebrity

Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – Earl Lavon Freeman, one of Chicago's most influential Jazz elders, has been playing tenor saxophone since the 1930s. Dr. Brian Clardy talks about why Von Freeman defines the meaning of celebrity.

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