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WKMS Lolcat

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We found this fluffy cat picture in a 1982 WKMS scrapbook. Oddly enough, it had already been lolcaptioned… Perhaps by the robot.

Written by Matt Markgraf

June 1, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Datebook: June 1 – Kentucky & Tennessee Statehood Day

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On June 1, 1792 Kentucky became the 15th state of the United States. On the same day four years later, Tennessee was named the 16th state.

It’s Wednesday, June 1

The Calloway County Chapter of the American Red Cross hosts its annual Ride for Red Motorcycle Rally and Poker Run Saturday starting at 9 a.m. at Town and Country Motorsports, east of Murray on Highway 94. $25 registration includes t-shirt, breakfast, lunch, and door prizes.

The 14th Annual Movers and Shakers Tasters Luncheon is Friday from 11 to 1 at the War Memorial Building, 1202 S. Virginia Street in Hopkinsville. Tickets are $8 for fried chicken, bbq ribs, turkey and dressing, pulled pork and fixins’. Get tickets at the Minority Economic Development Initiative of Western Kentucky inside the US Bank building.

The Yellowbanks Dulcimer Festival is Friday and Saturday at Yellow Creek Baptist Church, 5741 Highway 144 in Owensboro. Workshops start at 12:30 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday. There are concerts both nights at 7. There’s a $20 registration fee for workshops; concerts are free. See details at

Use to listen to both our channels. Thanks!

the morning cram [drug cartel edition]

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Fears arise that Mexican drug cartels are aligning with street gangs.

NPR reports major street gangs in El Salvador could provide more foot soldiers for drug cartel expansion.

Kentucky~ Some flood victims will be eligible for unemployment benefits. A pump and runner was caught in Paducah. Former Rep. Eddie Ballard dies at age 81. Two terrorists were arrested in Bowling Green. Officials are developing an attack plan for Asian carp. Counties are being drawn at random for post-election audits.

Tennesse~ Some CDE Lightband employees might get raises. A Fort Campbell soldier was killed in Afghanistan.

Illinois~ Gay couples can form Civil Unions today. New electric and gas rebates have been made available.

WKMS Transmitter Woes

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The WKMS – HD transmitter failed Monday and could not be restarted on site at the Land Between the Lakes transmission center.  Consequently, there is no WKMS classical service on either 92.5 FM-Paducah or 105.1 FM-Madisonville.  Work on the HD transmitter resumes today, but in the interim, WKMS will put the 91.3 FM news and information channel on these translators.  WKMS-HD2 Classical is still available streaming live online here.

The entire WKMS transmission system sustained lightning damage during storms in late April.  Weather interruptions and the slow, sequential pace of damage discovery while working up a 500 foot tower has caused the extended repair period for the station.  Chief Engineer Allen Fowler says, “Once we’ve fixed one thing, we’ve found another problem.”

Last Friday, the station completed and tested repairs on its 400 foot transmission line.  The main antenna at the top of the tower that transmits 91.3 FM regionally must next be replaced and that process has begun.  Until replacement of the antenna, the station is still reducing the power going through it, running at about 50% of normal signal strength.

WKMS regrets interruption of services and thanks listeners for their patience and understanding.

Written by klochte

June 1, 2011 at 7:42 am

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