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Legacy Society

It’s part of your life. Make it part of your legacy.

By including WKMS in your will, trust or estate plans, you make a powerful commitment to ensuring that people in our region have access to information and the important stories that educate us, inspire us, and help us make sense of our world.

Have you included WKMS in your estate plans? If so, we’d love to know. We welcome those who have made a lasting commitment to WKMS to join other dedicated listeners in our Legacy Society.

Legacy Society Benefits:

  • A deepened partnership and pride in knowing that you have provided for the future of public radio in our region.
  • Recognition of your commitment as a Legacy Society member in print or online. You may remain anonymous if you choose.
  • Your name on a Legacy Society plaque prominently displayed at WKMS studios.
  • Yearly invites to the WKMS Grand Supper Club celebration.
  • Special invitations to other WKMS studio events.

Learn more about how to leave your legacy on our planned giving page.


Paul and Darlene

A Legacy of Learning 

Paul Reed Smith was the definition of a life-long learner. A lover of cultures and languages, who knew both German and Spanish and hoped to learn Chinese. He liked to keep people laughing even as he was imparting knowledge. And he remembered fondly, even later in life, the education he received from St. Mary’s Schools in Paducah. As someone who enjoyed knowledge and diverse reporting, Paul grew up listening to NPR, and found it on the dial wherever he went in life. WKMS was one of the first NPR stations he listened to. He believed in public radio, and also strongly believed in education; so a sponsorship of WKMS in support of St. Mary’s School, was the perfect way to pull those two loves together. When Paul passed away in 2008 after a year-long battle with cancer, his wife, Darlene Feikema, carried out his wishes to make his memorial gift, strengthening WKMS while remembering St. Mary’s schools on March 9, Paul’s Birthday, each and every year. We thank Paul and his family for leaving this legacy of learning for our region.

What's your legacy?

Learn how you can leave a memorial gift.