Media Release 4/15

Public Radio Service WKMS Meets $100,000 Fundraiser Goal, Reaches its 37th Anniversary, and Establishes a new HD Digital Radio Signal


Murray, KY.   Murray State University’s listener supported public radio service, WKMS, reports its annual spring fundraiser met and exceeded its $100,000 goal in community support.  Conducted in four phases, by mail, by phone, by challenge grants, and on air, the WKMS spring campaign received gifts or pledges from 1133 individual listeners and 19 businesses, professional underwriters, and institutions throughout its coverage area.


Listeners in Murray and Paducah contributed 47 percent of the total given by individuals.  Residents of Hopkinsville, Madisonville, Paris, Tennessee, Cadiz, Benton, Mayfield and Princeton were, in that order, the next largest community groups participating in the fundraiser, together contributing 25 percent of the total gifts.  Listeners in the remaining cities and communities in the WKMS listening area brought together a full 28 percent of the overall total.


WKMS received challenge grants from: Alcan Composites Inc., Benton; API Contractors, Calvert City; Artisan Kitchen, Paducah; Ear, Nose and Throat Group, Paducah, Murray & Princeton  ; Edward Jones, Murray; Fidalgo Bay Coffee, Murray; First United Bank & Trust Company, Hopkins County; Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library; Jackson Purchase Energy Corporation, Paducah; Mr. Mulch, Hopkinsville;

Murray Woman’s Clinic; Paducah Parenting Magazine; Paducah Power System; Roof Brothers Wine & Spirits, Paducah; St. John’s Episcopal Church, Murray; Tod Megibow, Attorney, Paducah; United Methodist Churches of Downtown Paducah; West Kentucky Community & Technical College, Paducah; and Western Baptist Hospital, Paducah.


WKMS contributors Dr. Fred and Robin White of Metropolis, IL, Sally Ann Westbay of West Paducah, and Martha Crafton of Murray received Boston Acoustic Digital Receivers in drawings.  William Carr of Brookport, IL won the iPod Nano giveaway at  Becky Hedges of Paris, TN won the guitar donated by Murray Main Street.  The station gave away a total of 13 ETON emergency radios during drawings on-air.                                         

WKMS also celebrates 37 years as the Four Rivers Region’s public radio service and the addition of its new HD digital radio signal.  These coinciding milestones were marked by a reception honoring all WKMS contributors, which was held at the station’s studios on Friday, May 11. 


During the event, several awards and recognitions were bestowed. Station Manager Kate Lochte presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Murray State Professor Terry Strieter in recognition of his longtime commitment to the station, including volunteering during fundraisers, contributing financially as a WKMS Member and Underwriter, and advocating for WKMS as MSU Faculty Regent.   Murray State President Dr. Randy Dunn presented WKMS Newsroom’s Jim Michael, Nicole Erwin, and Chad Lampe with awards in recognition of their recent Kentucky Associated Press Awards. In celebration of the new HD digital signal, WKMS conducted a drawing from reception attendees for a new Accurion digital receiver, which was awarded to Murray State Professor, Helen Roulston.

WKMS is Murray State University’s listener supported public radio service at 91.3 FM.  The station also airs on 92.1 FM, Paducah; 99.5 FM, Paris, Tennessee; and 105.1 FM, Madisonville, and online at, where the station offers extensive web resources regarding its programming and more.  For further information call 800-599-4737 or




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