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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Government
6:40 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Commentary: Open Letter Candidates on Foreign Policy

www.hofstra.edu/Debate

We’re gearing up to air special live NPR coverage of the Second Presidential Debate, from Hofstra University in New York, tonight. Commentator and History Professor Dr. Brian Clardy writes an open letter to President Obama and Governor Romney about issues to consider before the debate, centered on U.S. foreign policy.

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Politics
3:22 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Commentary: If I Were In Danville...

We’re gearing up to air special live NPR coverage of the Vice Presidential Debate from Center College in Danville, Kentucky Thursday night. Commentator and History Professor Dr. Brian Clardy imagines being a moderator, and the substantive questions he would ask regarding foreign and domestic policy.

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Commentary
4:08 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Commentary: Politics Is Not a Spectator Sport

One of the greatest expressions of American democracy is going to the polls on election day and casting your vote. Yet, low voter turnout cast a shadow over the Kentucky May Primary. Commentator Richard Nelson says the health of the Commonwealth depends on citizen involvement in the election.

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Commentary
10:00 am
Sun September 30, 2012

To Dye or Not to Dye? That is the Question

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Commentator Celia Brewer returned to western Kentucky eight years ago. But in another, completely different way, she has also gone back to her roots.

In an episode of the 50s sitcom The Honeymooners, Ralph Kramden comes home to find his wife Alice chatting with her friend Trixie. Ralph, never one for the delicate touch, tries to compliment Trixie on her recent trip to the beauty parlor. “Your hairdo looks nice,” he says, “and the color is almost natural.”

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Jazz
5:45 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Archives: Commentary - Von Freeman and the Definition of Celebrity

Dr. Brian Clardy with Von Freeman at the 2004 Chicago Jazz Festival

RIP Von Freeman, Chicago jazz legend, who passed away at 88 today. (Article from Chicago Tribune). We pulled this commentary from the archives by Cafe Jazz host Brian Clardy, recorded in 2007.

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.

Commentary
3:31 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Darlene Mazzone on the Poetry in Details

Headlines and soundbytes from world leaders is sometimes the only impressions we get of a country, but how often does a politician or president accurately reflect your voice? Commentator Darlene Mazzone shares a page from her diary, about a trip to Nepal, where she discovered that the key to understanding foreign people and places it to seek the poetry in the details of their cultures.

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Commentary
10:00 am
Sun July 15, 2012

"Dry County Blues"

Kirk plays "Dry County Blues" in Studio C

Local musician and Murray State graduate student Kirk Raper felt a bit of a culture shock when he moved from the Nashville area to Calloway County and found that the closest place to buy packaged alcohol was across the state line. This inspired him to write a commentary in the form of a song, titled “The Dry County Blues.”

Please note, the views expressed in this commentary are solely those of the contributor and do not necessarily reflect the views of WKMS.

Commentary
2:37 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

The Joys of International Travel

The Longman Grotoes in Lyouyang China......it was hot as HELL out there!!!!

There’s never a bad time to travel, but the summer is a good time to start! Commentator and History Professor Dr. Brian Clardy reflects on the the joys of international travel and recommends Murray State students and staff consider the various programs offered by the university.

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