Asia Burnett

Development Director

Asia has been hooked on NPR ever since first hearing Garrison Keillor talk about that extraordinary species: the English major. A Murray State gal through and through, she studied English and a whole slew of Liberal Arts as an undergrad and went on to get her Master of Business Administration. Asia worked as a legal secretary before following her passion for public radio to WKMS and becoming our underwriting representative for the Murray-Mayfield area this past year. In January, 2013, Asia moved from Underwriting Representative to Development Director.

She says getting to interact with uniquely thoughtful and intelligent WKMS listeners each day is a treat for both her and the businesses that lend their underwriting support. If you’re a business owner looking to underwrite with the station, you can find her grooving to The Jive House, drooling over Splendid Table or generally learning something new from WKMS. She also enjoys homemade guacamole, zombie reenactments, and Johnny Mathis Christmas music. 

Ways to Connect

WKMS is made possible by listener donations. So the first week of August, we're celebrating all of you that have kept WKMS on the air this year!

We'll have thank you messages on-air all week long and two FREE special events for listeners:

AUGUST 2: Appreciation Party @ PBW

WHERE: Paducah Beer Werks, 301 N. 4th St, Paducah, KY 42001

WHEN: 6 to 8 PM

WHO: You!

Haven't Given This Year? Be Counted.   

Sometimes fundraising can seem like just one or two folks writing big checks. But when it comes to public radio, EVERY listener matters - especially you!

Photo Credit: 2006 NPR by Steve Barrett

Mark your calendars for Thursday, June 7th to hear stories from behind the scenes of one of the most eventful news cycles in recent history. WKMS and Murray State's Town and Gown bring NPR White House Correspondent Scott Horsley to Murray to answer your questions at a free community event at MSU's Wrather Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.  

Scott Horsley is a White House correspondent for NPR News. He reports on the policy and politics of the Trump Administration.

Mary Breckinridge on Horseback
Photo provided by Frontier Nursing University

March is Women's History Month, so to celebrate we learned more about a strong, adventurous woman who traveled Appalachian Kentucky by horseback to deliver babies and change lives. Asia Burnett speaks with Kentucky Historical Society Governing Board President Constance Alexander on Frontier Nursing Service founder Mary Breckinridge: A Woman of Courage. 



Does your band have what it takes?

Send us your best original song by Sunday, March 4th at midnight, and your band could be voted among the finalists to perform live at Maiden Alley Cinema for the Grand Prize. 

Stories that make you think, news coverage that connects you to people around the globe, music that moves and inspires: Don't let 2017 end without making your gift to support public radio in your community! 

This holiday season is a great time to support WKMS and help people who need it, too, thanks to two great community partnerships. When you give before December 13th at midnight you can help provide:

Columbia Pictures

Now Showing: District 9

  • September 8, 2017
  • MSU’s Curris Center Theater
  • Science at 7, Free Movie at 7:30

It's fall fundraiser season, and you know what that means - it's time to give to keep your favorite public radio programs here for another year!

While we know that's incentive enough, we're a little "footloose" and fancy-free this fall - with this amazing All Socks Considered set featuring your favorite NPR hosts. From Calamari Shapiro, to Robert Seagull, to Audie Unicornish. It's a week's worth of fun! And when you participate in the fall fundraiser early - you'll be entered to win!

Sustainers, you're already entered (thank you!)

WKMS Sustaining Members are amazing! Together, they make up 37% of all WKMS members and their on-going, renewing monthly support helps the station budget for the year's programming ahead.

So we're celebrating Sustainers the first week of August!

You can join in the fun by thanking a sustainer, checking out the "Sustainer Spotlights" on Facebook next week, or attending one of these special events:

August 1: Sustainer Appreciation Party

Join us for a night of LIVE jazz and old-time radio this Tuesday, April 25th at 7:30.  You’ll be in the audience for a live show, complete with applause signs and comedic hosts, Dr. Trey & Dr. Vee.

Under the direction of Café Jazz host, Dr. Todd Hill, you’ll hear from five MSU jazz ensembles, including the award-winning Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Band, Jazz Lab Big Band, and the Blue and Gold Jazz Combos.

Hear favorites including: Blue Bossa, Sweet Georgia Brown, Boogie Blues, Sway, and They Can’t Take That Away From Me.