Top Stories — 27 September 2013

Murray State’s educational public radio service 91.3 WKMS is providing opportunities for audio recordings like the national Story Corps project. The station is partnering with public libraries which are making space available for people to come together and make a recorded keepsake CD.   This is a good way to make a recording of an elder, a respected friend, anyone special whose voice would be wonderful to have in family or community archives.

Public libraries in Hopkinsville, Madisonville, Murray and Paducah provide the space for the recording sessions and WKMS staff manages the actual recording and provides ideas for questions that open the conversation. There will be 30 minute appointment times for each session.   Contact WKMS for information on how to schedule for the date, location and a time that’s convenient for you by calling 1-800-599-4737 or email

Scheduled recording dates and times are as follows:

Tuesday, October 1: Hopkinsville-Christian Public Library 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  (Jennifer Brown, Opinion Editor for the Kentucky New Era, is handling sign up for WKMS for this venue: call 270-887-3236 or email

Saturday, October 5: McCracken County Public Library 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Sunday, October 6: Calloway County Public Library 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 12: Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

All who participate with WKMS in the recordings will receive a CD keepsake so that a cherished voice will be preserved. Audio recordings from this project will also be considered for inclusion in an hour-long radio program to air on WKMS on Friday, November 29, 2013 in honor of the National Day of Listening.  WKMS will provide participants the opportunity to approve or decline the use of the recording in this program.

WKMS Membership Coordinator Jenni Todd says, “We are pursuing this special oral history project to gather voices and stories from our communities. The National Day of Listening was established by public radio’s popular oral history project StoryCorps, heard on WKMS Fridays during Morning Edition. We’re excited to celebrate The National Day of Listening with voices from our communities.”

WKMS Station Manager Kate Lochte says, “We are delighted to bring our recording capacity to public libraries and be a part of the wonderful convening places they provide our communities.”

WKMS serves listeners in the Four Rivers Region of western Kentucky, southernmost Illinois and northwestern Tennessee with non-stop news and music. Stations include 91.3 WKMS-FM, 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, Tenn., and All-Music 92.5 Paducah and 105.1 Madisonville. WKMS also offers both channels WKMS HD-1 and HD-2 at, where regular weekly schedules of programs are available. Listeners with questions can call 1-800-599-4737 during regular business hours.


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