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 and formally became News Director later that year. 

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Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis’ refusal to issue marriage licenses during the summer of 2015 will cost Kentucky taxpayers $224,000.

Update: NASA's website includes a fifth company under certain conditions. This article is updated to include that.  

NASA is warning unsafe eclipse glasses are being sold to consumers. 

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Calloway County Judge Executive Larry Elkins is requesting information from the Calloway County Library Board related to taxing district funds being spent to further the education of library employees.

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The National Weather Service in Paducah says it’s likely going to be sunny and hot on August 21 on the day a total solar eclipse crosses the U.S. and will be at the point of greatest eclipse in the region.

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Update: Murray Mayor Jack Rose on Wednesday, he said he had "no comment" with regards to the resolution in a follow-up on Wednesday.   

The Calloway County Fiscal Court approved a resolution Tuesday night calling for the Murray City Council to place the proposed occupational - or payroll - tax on the ballot in the next general election.

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Three communities in far west Kentucky are getting a portion of $3.6 million in grant funding for emergency call center upgrades.

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The head of Paducah’s Convention and Visitors Bureau is looking to grow the city’s arts reputation through collaborations with other UNESCO Creative Cities. 

NOAA Paducah,

The National Weather Service is warning of a heat wave this week, with an extended period of heat and humidity and heat indices reaching more than 100 degrees through Sunday. 

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Three of Kentucky’s top agriculture leaders recently offered ‘food for thought’ to 350 of the commonwealth’s top high school students. 

University of Tennessee at Martin

University of Tennessee at Martin Chancellor Keith Carver is on a state team leading an effort to increase four-year college completion rates.