Matt Markgraf

Interim 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.

Ways to Connect

Mammoth Cave National Park, via Facebook

Mammoth Cave National Park officials want to increase fees for tours and programs they offer. Superintendent Tracy Stakely tells WBKO-TV  the fee increase would begin in January, and park officials want feedback before the changes are implemented. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

We welcome Kentucky-native and Nashville-based artist Vickie Vaughn back to WKMS Studio B for a Sounds Good Live Lunch Friday, June 24 at 11 a.m. This time, she's joined by guitarist Corey Walker for an hour of bluegrass and country tunes. 

Watch the live webcast here!

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, via Facebook

The Blanchfield Army Community Hospital in Fort Campbell is now offering audio appointments in an effort to improve the delivery of care to beneficiaries. 

Clarksville Police Department

Update Saturday night: Road clear.

A semi truck hauling grain has tipped over Saturday at 12:45 beneath the 101st Bridge on the southbound side of Fort Campbell Boulevard. 

Lance Dennee, WKMS

The owners of Silent Brigade Distillery, Mayor Gayle Kaler, Paducah Ambassadors and members of the community gathered Friday at the new business to begin producing the city's first bourbon since prohibition.

paducahky.gov

Update Friday at Noon:

Police say they have identified the body found in a wooded area of Paducah Wednesday night.  

Ohio Valley Resource Logo, via Twitter

Starting June 20, you'll hear some new voices on WKMS as we launch a new regional journalism partnership called the Ohio Valley ReSource. We're teaming up with some other great public media stations to bring you even better coverage of some of the most important issues our region faces. On Sounds Good, Chad Lampe speaks with the project's managing editor Jeff Young. 

Western Kentucky Botanical Garden, Facebook

The Western Kentucky Botanical Garden is gearing up for its annual Dazzling Daylilies Festival and Balloons Over The Garden June 20-26. On Sounds Good, Austin Carter speaks with Susie Tyler about the event, now in its 7th year and the theme of "blooms, balloons, barbecue and bluegrass" with activities including guided tours, sculpture dedication, walk and talk and balloon rides.

PaBREWcah Logo, via Facebook

Saturday is the inaugural PaBREWcah Beer Fest, featuring 19 craft breweries from across the region and live music in downtown Paducah. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Daniel Sene about the event, which benefits Paducah Symphony Orchestra.

Commonwealth of Kentucky Labor Cabinet

A Madisonville clothing manufacturing facility has received a Governor's Safety and Health Award for the second year in a row. 

Kentucky Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes presented the award to Carhartt's Madisonville Cutting Facility Thursday for 669,980 consecutive hours without lost time injury or illness. 

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