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NPR’s Robert Siegel to visit Murray State’s WKMS to kick off station’s 50th anniversary celebration

WKMS kicks off its 50th-anniversary celebrations by hosting an evening with National Public Radio’s (NPR) Robert Siegel at Wrather Auditorium on Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m., as a free event thanks to Murray State University’s Town & Gown. Siegel recently retired after more than 40 years at NPR as a reporter, News Director and host of All Things Considered, heard on WKMS Monday through Friday from 3-5:30 p.m.

While at NPR, Siegel reported stories and happenings all over the globe, from a variety of locations across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia. While in Murray, he’ll discuss the history of NPR and his experiences in journalism.

Robert Siegel

“We’re so lucky and thrilled that Robert is making the trip to Murray to celebrate with our community of listeners,” said Chad Lampe, WKMS station manager. “Robert is a public radio icon with stories many listeners will want to hear at this free event.”

The night also marks the opening of “The History of WKMS: The First 50 Years,” an exhibit created by WKMS staff and Dr. Sean J. McLaughlin‘s “Intro to Public History” class at Murray State. Visitors will see old photos, vintage equipment and plenty of memories on display through May in Wrather Auditorium’s exhibit space.

There will be other WKMS 50th anniversary celebration events in 2020, including a “Swing into Swing” jazz concert and broadcast, 1970s trivia with the McCracken County Public Library in Paducah and a 50th-anniversary party at the Carson Center in Paducah. In broadcast all year, listeners will hear “50 Stories for 50 Years,” a weekly highlight of historical stories as told by the people who lived them. Stories include the birth of the “Thoroughbred Hour,” when the radio station moved sites from Wilson Hall to the Fine Arts Building, and when WKMS was the only radio broadcast outlet to provide coverage of the Watergate Hearings.

Listeners with stories to tell about listening to WKMS are encouraged to leave a message at 270-809-2070.

WKMS broadcasts a continuous, comprehensive mix of news and music, with stations including 91.3 WKMS-FM, WKMS HD-1, All-Classical HD-2, and WKMS Music HD-3, Murray; 90.9 WKMD, WKMD HD-1, All Classical HD-2 and All Music HD-3, Madisonville; 89.5 WKMT, Fulton; All-Classical 92.5 Paducah, 88.9 Murray and 105.1 Madisonville; and WKMS Music 102.9 FM Madisonville. WKMS also streams all three of its news and music channels online at wkms.org, a robust website offering playlists, regional news and an online contribution page.

From Murray State University

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