Matt Markgraf

News Director, Host of Weekend Energy

Matt "McG" Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He has a bachelor's degree in Theatre and a master's degree in Creative Writing from Murray State University. At WKMS, he's led the management of the web site, online streaming and social media platforms. He's also developed promotional and marketing materials over the years. Matt hosts the electronic music show Weekend Energy Saturday nights and formerly coordinated and hosted the classical music program Carson Myre Youth Series. He produces an assortment of interviews for Sounds Good and has led initiatives in the Youth Radio Project. He also enjoys cooking international cuisine, discovering new music and obscure science fiction movies.

In March 2011, he was hired full-time as New Media & Promotions Coordinator. In March 2016, he was named Interim News Director.

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McCracken County Sheriff's Dept., via Facebook

McCracken County Sheriff's Department has made five arrests connected to prostitution and illegal drug activity. According to a news release, detectives located individuals who had posted online 'escort' ads on backpage.com. Acting undercover, agents found several women who agreed to meet in the Paducah area to provide sexual acts for money. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Restoration work on Paducah's historic Columbia Theatre is moving forward. The Paducah Art House Alliance, overseeing the theatre, approved a schematics proposal from architectural firm Westlake Reed Leskosky of Cleveland this week. 

WKMS and Paducah Sun will host a moderated forum featuring candidates for Paducah Mayor and City Commission. Our focus will center on guiding a changing community. We invite and encourage the public to attend this free, community event.

University of Tennessee at Martin

University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro is recommending Keith Carver to serve as chancellor of University of Tennessee at Martin. 

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Update: Governor Matt Bevin responds. Also updated with statement from Murray State University.

Kentucky's highest court says Governor Matt Bevin cannot cut the budgets of public colleges and universities without the approval of the state legislature.

Dr. Bob Davies, Murray State University

Murray State University is in the process of conceptualizing learning experiences focused on "student centered" experiences and "experiential learning" - quality factors championed by MSU President Dr. Bob Davies as metrics for performance funding is also underway with state education and government leaders. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf spoke with Davies about these topics, family weekend and an update on the issue of mold appearing in some of the buildings on campus.

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Kentucky is among a coalition of 21 states suing the U.S. Department of Labor over a new rule that would make more higher-earning workers eligible for overtime pay. 

Governor Matt Bevin, via Twitter @GovMattBevin

Governor Matt Bevin joined western Kentucky officials and business leaders in Marshall County Tuesday for the ground breaking and ribbon cutting of two businesses expanding, looking to create nearly 200 jobs in the region.

McCracken County Sheriff's Dept., via Facebook

A motorcyclist has died after a driver who had fallen asleep at the wheel struck him on a McCracken County road. 

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Governor Matt Bevin's spokeswoman is leaving to take a position with the Donald Trump campaign. 

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