Murray State University
200 Pogue Library
Murray, Kentucky 42071
FAX (270) 809-6153
Collection Title: Records
Series Number: RG031-12-14
Department: WKMS-FM Radio
Processed and Cataloged by: Processed by Tara Marcum in July 2012
Date Listed: July 9, 2012
Date Span: 1967-2002
Size of Collection: 4.0 linear feet
Number of Boxes: 8 letter size document cases
Type of Material: Correspondence, records, reports, photographs and ephemera
Condition of Material: Good
Arrangement: Organized alphabetically by subject title; chronological arrangement
Historical Information: WKMS Radio was established on the Murray State University campus in 1970. Initial plans for a FM radio station began in 1967 and a year later became a reality when permission was granted by KETA television to use their broadcast tower in Farmington for a radio antenna. A TV and radio station studio was constructed in the Fine Arts Building in 1969. WKMS began broadcasting on May 11, 1970. In October of 1978, the radio station received a grant to construct a 100,000 watt transmission tower in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, which expanded the station’s capacity to broadcast to the entire Jackson Purchase area of southwest Kentucky and northwest Tennessee.
Scope and Content: Collection consists of materials produced or received by WKMS radio from 1967 to 2002. The collection contains correspondence, grant applications, reports and permits related to the daily operations of the radio station and construction and maintenance of a radio tower in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreational Area. Included in the records are schedules, programs, photographs and ephemera.
Subject Headings / Descriptors:
WKMS-FM (Radio station : Murray, Ky.)
Radio stations – Kentucky.
Radio programs -- Kentucky