Echoes of Christmas

November 29, 2006

Today at 11CST WKMS starts holiday programming with Echoes of Christmas. Dale Warland and co-host Brian Newhouse draw from over twenty years of annual Christmas Concerts by one of the world’s great choirs, the Dale Warland Singers.  Warland says this about the program: “There is a magic about the music of Christmas, and choirs seem to express it to a T. There’s also such a wealth of great choral music some of which we hear frequently, but there are also some gems that people don’t know about. We want listeners to enjoy a range of this wonderful music.” 

View the full holiday schedule here.

For more about the Warland singers, visit their website here.


Tobacco Barns on Morning Edition

November 28, 2006

Noah Adams visited the Commonwealth in this morning’s story and took some gorgeous photos.  You can read the summary, listen to the full story, and see the photos here.  Sadly, I couldn’t find any pictures of Betty King of Lexington’s Tobacco Barn House.  Anyone out there ever seen a tobacco-barn-house before?  Seems like it’d be a bit drafty….

Obituary for the VHS

November 27, 2006

Hollywood’s Daily Variety has published an obituary proclaiming the passing of a technological icon: the VHS tape.


Hear NPR’s 1972 broadcast on the invention of VHS here.  Officially, VHS wasn’t marketed til September 1976, but the technology was developed in late 1971.  Other interesting tidbits:

  • VHS does not stand for Video Home System or any similar phrase.  It’s Vertical Helio Scan, indicated the way the magnetic tape is read.
  • The distinctive font used in the VHS logo is called “Lee”. It was created in 1972 by Leo Weisz for Visual Graphics Corporation (VGC).
  • Of special note is the format of the VHS logo. In a “true” VHS logo, the horizontal bar of the “H” extends slightly to the left-hand side of the letter.
  • In the late 1980s, Tandy marketed a computer data backup device based on recording to VHS tape.

Few companies are releasing new movies to VHS, but don’t throw out the VCR yet – many classic titles haven’t made their way to DVD format. 

3 chances to Give the Gift of Life

November 27, 2006

Today is the first of 3 days you can give blood in Calloway County. Today you can give at the Hazel Baptist Family Life Center, 2-7PM. Tuesday and Wednesday you’ll be able to give blood at the Murray State University Curris Center, 10AM – 3 PM. 
Donors must be healthy, at least 17, weigh at least 110, not have given blood in the last 56 days, and show ID.  Giveways will also be there, along with a drawing for a $50 gift card, and refreshments will be served. 

Feed me!

November 20, 2006

If you use an aggregator, you can subscribe to the WKMS Feedback Feed here.

Baking by Senses

November 20, 2006

 just shared her love of baking on This I Believe.  What’s more, she’s shared her secret recipe on For Dorothy Smith’s Molasses Cookies and her Pecan Pie, or to hear Emily’s essay, click here.  Don’t forget that you can contribute to This I Believe online any time by visiting
Anyone else in the sharing mood?

Early Signs: Reports from a Warming Planet

November 17, 2006

Airing today at noon!

The early signs of climate change are showing up across vastly differing landscapes: from melting outposts near the Arctic Circle to disappearing glaciers high in the Andes; from the rising water in the deltas of Bangladesh to the “sinking” atolls of the Pacific. Reports from a Warming Planet takes listeners to parts of the planet where global warming is already making changes to life and landscape. The reports demonstrate how climate change is no longer restricted to scientific modeling about the future… it’s happening now.

Last fall, a team of eleven young reporters, led by veteran environmental journalist Sandy Tolan, gathered in a classroom at the graduate school of journalism at the University of California Berkeley. Their assignment: to identify the places around the world where global warming is already making changes to life and landscape.

The team spent the first few weeks poring over thousands of pages of documents on the science and politics of global warming. They made lists of the dozens of places around the world where they might investigate. The science advisor and co-teacher was climatologist John Harte, of U.C. Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group. Under his guidance, the team focused on two conclusions of scientists around the world: first, that the earth’s atmosphere is growing warmer; warmer than at any time in recorded history. And second, that this warming is driven in large part by the burning of fossil fuels.

Climatologists have essentially reached consensus on both points. The intergovernmental panel on climate change, more than 2000 scientists working in more than a hundred countries, has concluded that global warming is happening and is driven largely by humans. So the team decided not to focus on the false balance in much of the U.S. media – the “Is global warming real?” debate that gives equal weight to unequal sides. Instead, the team took it as a given that the world is heating up and focused on the impact, in human terms, of a warming planet.

At the end of 2005, the team of reporters set out from U.C. Berkeley to eight places around the globe and came back with stories about how global warming is already changing people’s lives.