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Lochte retires as general manager of Murray State's WKMS

(Source: Murray State University) (Source: Murray State University)

Release information from Murray State University

Murray State University is searching for a new Station Manager for their public radio station WKMS after the retirement of Kate Lochte who has held the position since 1992.

The university plans a national search to fill her position. Until that time, the assistant station manager, Chad Lampe, will be the interim Station Manager. 

In a release from the university Murray State President, Robert Davies said, “Kate has been a phenomenal leader for WKMS and an advocate for public radio in general. Kate has also been a tremendous and active member of the Murray State community. She has created a culture of excellence in radio programing and journalistic integrity. While we will miss her greatly, her legacy of high professional and ethical standards will guide the station for decades to come.”

Lochte came to Murray State with commercial television and radio experience when her husband, Dr. Bob Lochte, joined faculty in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications in 1988. Joining WKMS staff in 1989 as secretary, Lochte served as operations assistant, assistant to the station manager, and promotion/development director prior to becoming station manager in 1992.  

The release goes on to say the transmission system was Lochte’s primary focus for several years to deliver a better quality and more reliable signal.  “Engineer Allen Fowler figured out how we needed low-power auxiliary systems, back-up service, and ground systems for reducing interruptions due to weather-related damages,” says Lochte, “and we addressed getting these in place in a deliberate way, then pursued widening the coverage area of the station.”  

Since 2012 an interviewer for the WKMS program “Sounds Good,” Lochte’s other on-air work for WKMS included the half-hour community arts show, “What’s Goin’ On,” and an international music program variously titled “Ports of Call” and “Country Music,” and holiday specials like “A Kentucky Christmas.” Dr Bob Lochte has also been part of the broadcast family with shows such as the "Eisenhower Hour."

A participant in the 1993-94 Leadership Murray program, Lochte has served on the boards of Angels Attic, the Calloway County Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Paducah Symphony Orchestra, the Murray-Calloway County United Way, the Kentucky Broadcasters Association, the Kentucky Public Radio Network, and the regional group Southern Public Radio. Lochte also volunteers as public information officer with the Calloway County Local Emergency Management Planning committee.

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

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