WKMS signed on May 11, 1970 as a non-commercial, educational FM station licensed to Murray State University. The station now broadcasts in analog FM stereo
and HD Digital on 91.3 MHz, with 100,000 watts analog and 1,000 watts digital, from antennas nearly 600 feet above average terrain, and streams these signals at www.wkms.org. The station also operates translators in Paducah and Madisonville, KY as well as Paris, TN. In 2009 WKMS will install repeater services for Madisonville, KY as well as Fulton, KY, Martin and Union City, TN.
The station offers 2 independent channels of programming on its digital signal: HD-1 simulcasts programming on analog 91.3 FM while HD-2 offers classical music programming 24 hours a day. WKMS has emergency auxiliary transmitters at its tower on the site of the former Mont, Kentucky in Land Between the Lakes, and at its studios on the 8th floor of Price Doyle Fine Arts Center, Murray State University.
WKMS is authorized to receive annual Community Service Grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The station demonstrates through annual audits that it has significant funding from its listening communities to qualify for these grants. This funding from listening communities includes: appropriations from Murray State University, contributions from listeners, and investments from individual, business and organizational underwriters.
Shows: A Prairie Home Companion, All Things Considered, Car Talk (NPR), Hearts of Space, Jazz with Bob Parlocha, Marketplace, NPR's Morning Edition, Piano Jazz, Riverwalk Jazz, Talk of the Nation, Talk of the Nation Science Friday, Weekend All Things Considered, Weekend Edition Saturday, Weekend Edition Sunday, From Our Own Correspondent (R4 Edition), Global Business, One Planet, The Strand, Assignment, BBC World Business News, BBC World News, Business Weekly, Charlie Gillett's World of Music, Heart and Soul, Politics UK, Science in Action, The Instant Guide, The Interview, The World Today, World Briefing, World Update, Performance Today, John Gibson, Echoes, The World, The Writer's Almanac, With Heart and Voice, World Cafe, Classical 24 with Alison Young, Classical 24 with Bob Christiansen, Classical 24 with Gillian Martin, Classical 24 with Jeff Esworthy, Classical 24 with Julie Amacher, Classical 24 with Mindy Ratner, Classical 24 with Scott Blankenship, Classical 24 with Valerie Kahler, Classical 24 with Ward Jacobson, New York Philharmonic This Week, Classical 24 with John Zech, Sunday Baroque, WoodSongs Old-time Radio Hour, Only a Game, Radio Reader, Meridian, Beyond the Edge, Cafe Jazz, Celtic Tapestry, Jazz Horizons, Jazzman Show, Morning Classics (WKMS), Music from the Front Porch, Planet Waves, Stateline Blues
Hosts: Michele Norris, Robert Siegel, Melissa Block, Tom Magliozzi, Ray Magliozzi, Bob Parlocha, Kai Ryssdal, Steve Chiotakis, Jeremy Hobson, Renee Montagne, Steve Inskeep, Not Found, David Holt, Jim Cullum, Neal Conan, Ira Flatow, Annette Heist, Charles Bergquist, Guy Raz, Scott Simon, Audie Cornish, Dan Damon, Ahmed Omed Khpulwak, Jamie C Here, John Gibson, John Diliberto, Lisa Mullins, Marco Werman, Garrison Keillor, Betsy Allister, Holly Vanderhaar, Dennis Coffey, Lloyd Cole, Steve Miller, Bob Christiansen, Gillian Martin, Scott Blankenship, Julie Amacher, Mindy Ratner, Ward Jacobson, John Zech, Dorothy Edwards, Joe Conkwright, Roger Duvall, Bill Littlefield, Charlie Pierce, Dick Estell, Dr. Brian Clardy, Todd E. Hill, George Eldred, David Fleming, Jann Nyffeler, Jazzman Smith