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The WKMS Youth Radio Project seeks to build a relationship with area kids who have an interest in radio. This project includes youth reporting, like Patrick Jones' interview with Murray State Basketball Coach Steve Prohm, or sound collages of local youth events like a behind-the-scenes scoop of Playhouse in the Park's summer camp production of Disney's Cinderella Kids. You'll find book reviews, commentaries, and other things created by kids, featuring their thoughts and voices. Our hope is to create a virtual community for kids that would be an online showcase of what they're doing in school, in the arts, and beyond in a way that is educational and enlightening.This project is destined to grow! If your child is interested in participating, or if you are an educator and have great sound you'd like to share, please send an email to's a fun tutorial by Radio Rookies, from New York Public Radio: more youth oriented programming on WKMS:Poetry Minutes 2012: Journey Stories

Carson Myre Youth Concert Winter Series

Enjoy recordings from youth choir and band concerts from around the region on the WKMS All-Classical channel, featuring  performances from Graves Co. High School, McCracken Co. High School, Ballard Co. High School, Paducah Tilghman High School, Murray Elementary, Murray Middle, Murray High School, the Paducah Symphony Orchestra Youth Ensembles and student performances from Murray State University. 

Broadcast times: Fridays at 6 p.m. (new episode), rebroadcast: Sundays at 1 p.m. and Mondays at Noon. How to listen: Our All Classical Channel broadcasts on 88.9 FM Murray, 92.5 FM Paducah and 105.1 FM Madisonville. You can also listen to WKMS HD-2 on an HD Radio or stream online.

Broadcast Dates:

  • January 15: Selections from Fall/Winter 2015 Carson Myre Series Recordings (Murray High School Band, Murray Elementary, Middle & High School Combined Choir, Paducah Middle Advanced Strings, PSO Children's & Youth Choruses, Murray State Wind Ensemble)
  • January 22: From the Archive: Murray State's "A Celebration of Music" 2014
  • January 29: Ballard County Middle School, Heath Middle School Choir Concert, performed Jan. 24, 2016. Also a selection from the McCracken Co. High School Fall 2013 concert and a retrospective to the very first Carson Myre Youth Series Broadcast
  • February 5: McCracken County High School Fall Choral Preview & 44th First District Choral Festival (Rebroadcast)
  • February 12: Youth highlights from the Paducah Symphony Made in America Chorus Concert (Rebroadcast)
  • February 19: Murray State University Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert & Paducah Middle School Fall Concert (Rebroadcast)
  • February 26: Murray State University President's Concert 2015 (Rebroadcast)
  • March 4: Paducah Symphony Winter Youth Showcase at McCracken Co. High School (Rebroadcast)
  • March 11: Murray State University Woodwind Chamber Concert 2015 (Rebroadcast)
  • March 18: Selections from Fall/Winter 2015 Carson Myre Series Recordings, featuring Murray High School Band, Murray Elementary, Middle & High School Combined Choir, Paducah Middle Advanced Strings, PSO Children's & Youth Choruses, Murray State Wind Ensemble (Rebroadcast)
  • March 26: Ballard County Middle School, Heath Middle School Choir Concert (Rebroadcast)
  • April 1: (TBA) We are excited to present a new "season" of youth performance!

If you are a music educator and would like your youth concert recorded for broadcast, please contact us at

Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
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