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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A three-day event billed as ‘the only all-lesbian film festival in the U.S.’ is returning for a second year this weekend in downtown Paducah. Cinema Systers Film Festival organizer Laura Petrie said she was inspired by the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, an annual event that ran for 40 years before closing in 2015.

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The Kentucky Department of State Parks is seeking information for the development of a new campground at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park on Kentucky Lake. 

UT Martin Office of University Relations

The University of Tennessee at Martin has named Kurt McGuffin as the new director of intercollegiate athletics. 

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The City of Mayfield is moving forward with a multi-use bikeway trail that would extend across town. 

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Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary April unemployment rate slightly notched up to 5.1%. Despite the slight unemployment increase the number of employed is also up, suggesting more individuals are entering the labor market. 

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Christian County Public Schools is receiving more than $4.2 million in the second round of Work Ready Skills Initiative funding. 

UT Martin Office of University Relations

The University of Tennessee at Martin Chancellor Dr. Keith Carver has named Dr. Rich Helgeson as interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. 

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U.S. Congressman James Comer (R-KY Dist. 1) told CNN on Wednesday that members of Congress need to "take a deep breath" with respect to alleged memo from former FBI director James Comey.

City of Paducah

Plans for a new pocket park in a vacant space in downtown Paducah are nearly complete. Planner Sheryl Chino told the Paducah Board of Commissioners in a meeting Tuesday night that bidding is expected to start late fall.

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The Kentucky Office of the Attorney General is warning of an email scam that uses “spoof government employee email addresses” to defraud Kentuckians. 

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