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WKMS Broadcasts Black History Month Programs

Media Release: WKMS Broadcasts Black History Month Programs

Date: 01.30.12

Contact: Membership Coordinator Jenni Todd (270-809-4748 or

91.3 WKMS offers weekly programs in honor of African American heritage during the traditional observation of Black History Month in February.

Noon, Thursday, February 2 and 9 a.m. Sunday, February 5 - Maya Angelou’s Black History Month Special

We journey with Maya Angelou through history from the 1950's thru the 1990's. Hear her poetic portrait of day-to-day lives of African Americans during the civil rights era, when artists and activists, musicians and ministers joined hands with people from all walks of life to bring about a historic change in our culture.

Noon, Thursday, February 9 - Heavenly Sight: Of Vision Lost and Found

Host David Marash documents the blind gospel tradition that gave American song a new kind of soul. Hear the music and stories of pioneering black gospel singers including Arizona Dranes, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and Blind Willie Johnson. This program is sponsored in part by The United Methodist Churches of Downtown Paducah including Broadway, Fountain Avenue, and Arcadia United Methodist Churches.

Noon, Thursday, February 16 - Say It Loud: Great Speeches on Civil Rights and African American Identity  

Say It Loud illuminates tidal changes in African American political power and questions of black identity. Hear excerpts of landmark speeches of Malcolm X, Lorraine Hansberry, Angela Davis, Martin Luther King Jr., Henry Louis Gates, and other influential leaders.

Noon, Thursday, February 23 - Wynton Marsalis - Swinging into the 21st 

Trumpeter, educator, bandleader, and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center Wynton Marsalis reflects on his life and music in Swinging into the 21st.  Marsalis’s compelling performances evidence the staying power of Jazz across the centuries.

Funding for WKMS, the non-commercial educational radio service of Murray State, comes from individuals, underwriters, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and Murray State University. See a listening schedule for WKMS programming at The station's media services include 91.3 WKMS, Murray; WKMS HD-1 and All-Music HD-2; 90.9 WKMD and WKMD HD-1 and HD-2, Madisonville; 89.5 WKMT, Fulton; 99.5 Paris, TN; and All-Music 92.5 Paducah and 101.5 Madisonville. The station also streams both WKMS HD-1 and HD-2 at

Jenni holds a degree in Music Education from Murray State University and a Masters degree in Arts Administration from Florida State University's College of Music. She's equipped with knowledge and enthusiasm for fundraising and the arts. She also serves as a Girl Scout Troop Leader and on the Murray Independent School District Foundation for Excellence Board of Directors.
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