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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Arts
8:34 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Carson Myre Youth Performances Featured on WKMS All-Classical This Week

WKMS presents two hour-long specials showcasing highlights from holiday concerts from regional schools this week as part of the Carson Myre Charitable Foundation's Youth and Ensemble Music Performance Series. These specials feature highlights from recent performances by Murray High School, Calloway County High School, Paducah Tilghman High School and Clark Elementary and will be broadcast on our All-Classical Channel.

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Arts
4:29 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

A Cafe Jazz Conversation with Jazz & Western Swing Vocalist Solitaire Miles

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When Brian Clardy previously spoke with jazz vocalist Solitaire Miles, we were introduced to her music on the albums "Born To Be Blue" and "Melancholy." Also, her paintings and thoughts on the future of jazz as an art form. We welcome her back to Cafe Jazz to learn about her new project, Susie Blue and the Lonesome Fellas, merging western swing and vintage jazz in the style of Patsy Cline, Patty Page, Mary Ford and Kay Starr. We learn how she became interested in the genre, similarities between western swing and jazz, how audiences are reacting to her latest work and her holiday wishes.

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Arts
4:07 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

A Cafe Jazz Conversation with R&B Singer Sybil

Sybil Album Cover
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Sybil's career as an R&B singer began in the mid 1980s and took off in 1989-1990 with her covers of Dionne Warwick's "Don't Make Me Over" and "Walk On By," which reached numbers 2 and 3 on the US R&B charts, respectively. Her other hits include "The Love I Lost" and "When I'm Good and Ready" (which reached 3 and 5 on the UK charts). Her music has taken her around the world and eventually back to the US, where she now teaches a program geared towards educating under-serviced youth. Brian Clardy speaks with Sybil on Cafe Jazz about some insight into her career, her teaching methods and her thoughts for the holidays.

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Sports
5:26 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Neal Bradley's Racer Basketball Update: Hot Shooting & Season-High Winning Streak

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The Murray State Racer Men's Basketball team is red-hot on the court with a five game winning-streak heading into tomorrow's game with Illinois State. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross and "Voice of the Racers" Neal Bradley discuss the Reacers' hot shooting and season-high streak. 

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Culture
4:45 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Take A Nostalgic Trip to "A Day With Trains" at Pennyroyal Area Museum

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The Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County host "A Day With Trains" this Saturday and next Saturday at the Pennyroyal Area Museum. Watch as conductors run five trains on two elaborate model train layouts. Museum Executive Director Alissa Keller joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to describe the train exhibits, the Christmas village and other arts and crafts activities scheduled for the event. 

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Science
4:26 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Understanding Depression: Seasonal Affective Disorder

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The winter months are accompanied by a time of celebrating time together with loved ones, reflecting back on the year and looking forward to the next one, but for some it also comes with changes in mood, often referred to as "seasonal affective disorder." Dr. Michael Bordieri, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Murray State, joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to discuss this type of depressive disorder.

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Business
4:30 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

11 Year Old Entrepreneur Starts Apparel Business in Madisonville

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Anyah Logan is 11 years old. She loves to ride her bike, play with friends and sew for fun. She's also the owner of a tie-dye apparel business in Madisonville and an interactive marketplace online. She wowed the city's 1 Million Cups of Coffee entrepreneur group with a presentation over the summer. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte meets Anyah Logan and her mom Yvonne.

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Business
3:52 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Kentucky Great River Road Invites Travelers to "Come Closer"

The Great River Road National Scenic Byway follows the Mississippi River through ten states, from Minnesota to the Louisiana delta. Along the way, it moves through four Kentucky counties that make up the westernmost portion of the state: Ballard, Carlisle, Hickman and Fulton. In this portion of the road, travelers might see the Wickliffe Mounds, Ft. Jefferson, Columbus-Belmont Park, Dorena Hickman Ferry and other sites. Norma Pruitt is the Executive Director of the Kentucky Great River Region Organization and joins Todd Hatton on Sounds Good to share how this marketing organization came to be and hopes for future tourism.

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WKMS Press Releases
9:55 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Sounds Good Week Ahead: December 15 - 19

Here's who's featured on Sounds Good this week. Please note: Sounds Good is only an hour long each day this week. The second hour will be a variety of holiday specials, as part of our Holidays Sound Good series.

Monday, December 15

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WKMS Press Releases
6:31 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

[UPDATE] 88.9 FM All-Classical Murray Now On Air (Formerly 99.5 FM All-Classical Murray)

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UPDATE: 88.9 FM All-Classical Murray is now installed and on air. Classical listeners in Murray, change your preset!

We are changing frequency 99.5 FM All-Classical Murray to 88.9 FM All-Classical Murray. The changeover will occur soon.

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