WKMS names new station manager

Murray State University has named the new station manager for WKMS, its National Public Radio-affiliated radio station. 

Murray State President Bob Davies named Chad Lampe, who has served as interim station manager and has been its news manager since 2007, for the role on Tuesday. Lampe replaces Kate Lockte, who retired from the position last fall after 25 years.

As station manager, Murray State says Lampe will oversee all station operations, including news, engineering, business and fundraising. 

"I am extremely pleased to offer this position to Chad Lampe,” Davies said in Tuesday’s announcement. “In my time at Murray State, Chad has demonstrated exceptional professionalism, an unparalleled commitment to public radio and is a respected community member." 

Murray State says Lampe mentored more than 25 student and part-time reporters while he was the news manager, and many of them received state, regional and national awards for their work. He helped initiate the Kentucky Public Radio Network grant collaboration among five Kentucky stations, developing a statewide newscast to serve their listening areas. He collaborated with regional stations to create the new Ohio River Network to cover the region’s transitioning economy. He;s also a member of the Board of Directors for Public Radio News Directors Incorporated. 

“It’s an honor to lead such a great team at WKMS,” Lampe said in the announcement. “We are looking forward to charting our path to keep WKMS essential to this region. We’ll embark on long-range strategic planning immediately to keep this resource here and strong for our community of listeners and members.” 

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