Chad Lampe

Station Manager

Chad Lampe, a Poplar Bluff, Missouri native, was raised on radio. He credits his father, a broadcast engineer, for his technical knowledge, and his mother for the gift of gab. At ten years old he broke all bonds of the FCC and built his own one watt pirate radio station. His childhood afternoons were spent playing music and interviewing classmates for all his friends to hear. At fourteen he began working for the local radio stations, until he graduated high school. He earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology at Murray State, and a Masters Degree in Mass Communication.

In November, 2011, Chad was named Assistant Station Manager. In October 2015, he was named Interim Station Manager upon the retirement of Kate Lochte. In February 2016, Chad was named Station Manager.

Chad currently serves as the chairman of the Association of Kentucky Public Radio stations, which is a collaborative group of stations that fund the state capitol reporter position, facilitate statewide newscasts and content sharing. Chad also serves as the Public Radio Director on the Kentucky Broadcasters Association Board of  Directors. 

Ways to Connect

Murray State Police, Facebook

Kentucky State Police along with other regional law enforcement agencies are reporting a region-wide outage of 911 services. 

Murray State Police issued this statement earlier today with alternate contact options: "Due to a statewide outage of AT&T service, please contact MSU Police Department at 270-753-0022, Murray Police Department at 270-753-1621 and Calloway County Sheriff's Office at 270-753-3151 until further notice."


We've narrowed down 23 submissions to the top 9 semi-finalists. Now it's up to your vote!

The top 4 finalists, decided by your votes, will perform in the finals live at Maiden Alley Cinema on March 26th at 7:00 pm, where the audience and a panel of judges will determine the grand-prize winner. 

Listen to the songs below and vote for your favorite song on our Facebook page. 

Murray State University

In an interview with WKMS' Chad Lampe Murray State University President Bob Jackson discusses coronavirus, pension costs, and OVC basketball tournaments.

Dalton York / WKMS

Murray State University’s Board of Regents Friday voted to hire a new head coach for the university’s football team, and authorized President Bob Jackson to negotiate a contract to outsource the university’s custodial and grounds services. 


WATCH: Inauguration Parade and Swearing In

Dec 10, 2019
J. Tyler Franklin, WFPL

Democrat Andy Beshear was sworn in as Kentucky's governor during a private ceremony early Tuesday, just after midnight in the Governor's Mansion. 

Murray State University / Bob Jackson

  As power shifts in Frankfort after this month’s elections, the question rises, “what does this mean for a public university?” In an interview with WKMS’ Chad Lampe, Murray State University President Bob Jackson said he is looking forward to working with the new governor in regard to funding and making a case for public education.

Andy Beshear, Matt Bevin, official photos


Did you  miss today's Kentucky Gubernatorial Debate, hosted by the Paducah Chamber of Commerce?

You can listen to the whole debate here. 


From the Associated Press:

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic challenger Andy Beshear bickered over legalizing casino gambling during an hourlong debate in western Kentucky.

Linda Fittante

Join fellow WKMS listeners and members Thursday, June 6th to hear stories about business, economic and workforce issues from seasoned NPR Business Correspondent Yuki Noguchi. WKMS and Murray State's Town and Gown are hosting the free event in Murray State’s Wrather Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.  

Jenni Todd/WKMS

  April is National Poetry Month and this year WKMS collected poems from its audience to create daily poetry minutes that air weekdays. 

WKMS has received more than 40 submissions from people who live across the four rivers region. If you've missed any of the poetry minutes thus far you can listen below.