Matt Markgraf

New Media Promotion Coordinator, Host of Weekend Energy

Matt "McG" Markgraf joined the WKMS News Team in January 2007, while pursuing his bachelor’s degree in theatre at Murray State. Now he's got a master's degree in creative writing and is hard at work on "the next great American novel" - that is - when he’s not designing and updating the web site, producing commentaries and mixing up some Weekend Energy. Matt enjoys all kinds of music, but has a fondness for wicked beats. He’s at the station throughout the day and sometimes late at night working during the informative bliss of BBC World Service. In March 2011, he was named New Media & Promotions Coordinator for WKMS.

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2011

1st Place - Best Website - www.wkms.org

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2010

2nd Place - Best Website - www.wkms.org

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2009

2nd Place - Best Website - www.wkms.org

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2008

2nd Place - Best Website - www.wkms.org

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Culture
3:51 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

MSU Town & Gown Community Band Plays Patriotic 4th of July Concert

Todd Hill and Mark Welch preview the Town & Gown Community Band Concert on Sounds Good
Credit Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray's Town & Gown Community Band and Chorus perform their 4th annual Freedom Fest concert Saturday night at 8 in Murray State University's Lovett Auditorium. Maestro Todd Hill says the free concert features a wide variety of patriot tunes and deep music from a community of performers diverse in age. He joins Mark Welch and Tracy Ross on Sounds Good with an overview of the music and other Freedom Fest events in Murray, and says the performance will be done in time for the fireworks.

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Arts
3:20 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Live Music, Alla Prima, Croquet, More at Murray Art Guild's Summer Art Party

Debi Danielson on Sounds Good
Credit Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray Art Guild hosts their annual Summer Art Party tomorrow night from 6 to 9 pm. A celebration of local arts, the event features live music from The Savage Radley and Eddy Grove Duo, artists doing demonstrations, alla prima by Joy Thomas, and a new exhibit by Murray State Alumna Frances Wells. Debi Danielson stops by Sounds Good to speak with Kate Lochte about the event.

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Culture
3:02 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Celebrate Independence Day 1850s Style at The Homeplace

Independence Day at The Homeplace
Credit landbetweenthelakes.us

Take a step back through time Saturday at Land Between the Lakes' Homeplace 1850's Independence Day Celebration. Experience how early Kentucky settlers celebrated this holiday with old time music, a famous statesman, the raising of a liberty pole, games and high technology: a hot air balloon. Lead Interpreter Cindy Earls speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about why this was a big holiday for families then as it is now.

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Science
3:51 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

"Cancer Doesn't Wait" Local Hospital Launches Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign

Breast Cancer Awareness Prevention Campaign Flyer
Credit murrayhospital.org

The American Cancer Society predicts nearly 235,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year. The key word is "invasive" says Murray Calloway County Hospital Wellness Works Coordinator Melissa Ross, because this form of breast cancer can be prevented with routine mammograms. She speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about their new breast cancer prevention awareness campaign at the hospital.

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Society
2:57 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

KY Commission on Human Rights Director Reflects on Charleston Shootings

John Johnson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights
Credit personnel.ky.gov

The NAACP writes on their Facebook page: "After tireless work and Congressional hearings that led to the Church Arson Prevention Act being passed in 1996 - almost 20 years later, we must again seek justice, investigate and find #WhoIsBurningBlackChurches. Six black churches have burned since the terrorist attack at Emanuel AME Church." Executive Director of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights John Johnson was the youngest president of any NAACP chapter at the age of 18 and spent 20 years working at the national headquarters before his current position. He spoke with Kate Lochte last week before the funeral for victims of the Charleston shooting, about it being long past time for racism to exist and how he thinks law enforcement can improve practices in black communities.

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Science
4:27 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Worried? How This Can Prevent You from Living the Life You Want

Credit Andrzej Wilusz, 123rf stock photo

Worry is a normal part of our everyday lives, but it can also be an incredibly detrimental process that takes people out of the day to day and into living in their own heads and not engaging with the world, says Dr. Michael Bordieri. He speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about worry and anxiety and how this can prevent us from living the life we want.

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Arts
3:33 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Dr. Bob Previews the Fireworks Rhythm & Blues Revue! This Friday

Dr. Bob stops by Sounds Good to talk about the Fireworks Rhythm & Blues Revue!
Credit Matt Markgraf, WKMS

"It's the greatest rhythm and blues festival that never happened" and it's this Friday from 7 to 11 pm on WKMS. The Fireworks Rhythm & Blues Revue! is a virtual concert featuring legendary performers like Muddy Waters, Etta James, Solomon Burke, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Ray Charles, James Brown and many others. Dr. Bob Lochte produced this unique experience and speaks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good  about the concept, how he chose the music and reuniting former WKMS hosts John Griffin and Jim Carpenter.

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Arts
4:24 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

An Overview of Freedom Fest 2015, Including Live Music by Big Atomic and Red Ember

Freedom Fest 2015 promotional graphic, from the Murray Convention & Visitors Bureau
Credit Freedom Fest, Facebook

Murray's Freedom Fest is full of activities for families this weekend, from golf tournaments, farmers market, parade with kazoo band, to arts and crafts vendors, inflatable and games for kids, a car show, live music by WKMS Battle of the Bands winners Big Atomic and finalists Red Ember, the Town & Gown Community Band concert and.... fireworks! On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte goes through the schedule with Murray Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Erin Carrico.

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Environment
3:39 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Why Efforts to Save Bats are Complicated by Electric Utility Rules

Northern long-eared bat at Mammoth Cave with white-nose syndrome. Photo by the US Fish & Wildlife Service.
Credit USFWSmidwest, Flickr Commons, Creative Commons License

"The reason bats are important is because they're the night shift on insect patrol," says energy journalist Nancy Grant. She recently wrote an article for Kentucky Living's "On The Grid" section titled, "Bats For Trees," in which she explains why the health of the little animal has an impact on electricity. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Grant about the complicated issue involving two conflicting government agencies and efforts to maintain populations of the Northern long-eared bat alive, which has been plagued by white-nose syndrome.

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Arts
10:47 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

[Update] Hear a LIVE Broadcast from ROMP Thursday

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Update: Due to a technical issue with the connection to the live feed, we were unfortunately unable to broadcast the live performances. We hope to broadcast a recording of the Punch Brothers performance at a later date. Stay tuned.

We're broadcasting LIVE from the International Bluegrass Music Museum's ROMP Festival Thursday night, with thanks to a partnership with our friends at WNIN in Evansville. The Jive House and The Off Beat will be pre-empted, but you can catch them at their Sunday times: 7 p.m. and 8.

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