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

Ways To Connect

Tab Brockman, goracers.com

The Murray State Racer Football season kicks off tonight at 6 with a home game versus Kentucky Wesleyan College. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with "Voice of the Racers" Neal Bradley about lessons learned from last season, changing head coaches, new players and the league at large.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Two weeks from today is the AT&T Women in Telecom Golf Day, an effort to raise scholarships funds for women in the TSM program at Murray State interested in going into the Telecom and IT career field. Program Coordinator and Marketing Specialist Annie Vandiver joins Tracy Ross on Sounds Good to talk  about the event.

landbetweenthelakes.us

The 1850s Homeplace Trade Fair takes place this weekend at Land Between the Lakes. The annual event offers attendees a taste of American life from two centuries ago. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross sat down with Homeplase Lead Interpreter Cindy Earls to learn just what the fair's all about.

Glenn Hall, with thanks to Maiden Alley Cinema

American roots musician Pokey LaFarge played a sold out show at Paducah's Maiden Alley Cinema last week. Tracy Ross had a moment to chat with him before the performance about his love of baseball, his favorite music outside of the style he plays, favorite venues around the world and time zones. We also hear a couple songs from the evening's performance.

Courtesy of Saint Luke's Drifters, saintlukesdrifters.com

Our next Sounds Good Live Lunch performance features Watertown, Tennessee "Rockified Country" band Saint Luke's Drifters, in Studio B on Friday, September 11 at Noon. They describe themselves as a band with deep hillbilly roots and a punk rock twist with influences from Hank Williams to The Ramones. 

alz.org

There are 60,000 Kentuckians with Alzheimer's disease and 270,000 caregivers in the Commonwealth. It's a good number of caregivers, says Kimberly Fondaw, Alzheimer's Ambassador for the First District in western Kentucky, but there needs to be more education to the public and funding for research before it bankrupts the system. This year alone, we've paid out $153 billion dollars in Medicare and Medicaid to those with Alzheimer's and the numbers are growing, she says. Tracy Ross speaks with Fondaw on Sounds Good about upcoming awareness events in Hopkinsville and Paducah. 

Hickman County Museum of KY, Facebook

Hickman County is gearing up for Heritage Days, September 8 - 12, with activities including historical displays around town, a community birthday cake, the ribbon cutting for a new garden at the Historical Society and an Old Hymn Sing. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Mary Potter and Liz Jewell about the event. 

courtesy of The Hill

Bob Warren is remembered across the region not only for his career as a professional basketball player after graduating from South Marshall High School and going on to Vanderbilt but also his Christian ministry organization, The Hill, located in Hardin. Marshall Countian Jhonda Johnston's new book The Argument tells Warren's personal story, collected before his passing last year. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte meets Johnston with The Hill administrator Brent Armstrong.

About this time last year, Dr. Jim Gould told WKMS that Gene Katterjohn of Paducah had a good story and arranged for Kate Lochte to chat at the Katterjohn’s home one stormy afternoon. The Katterjohns are among the city’s many multi-generational community-minded families. Back in 1919 a Katterjohn won the mayoral race by 86 votes. 

murraystate.edu

Murray State's new Clara Eagle Gallery Director Mike Martin kicks off his first semester curating the four campus galleries with works including 'Anthropogenic Landscapes' by Armin Muhsam, Paintings/Drawings/Sculptures depicting "Silver Linings" by Adrian Hatfield, 'AIR of UT' featuring works by professors and alumni at UT Knoxville and 'My Home' large-scale photos of interiors by Louis Chan. Martin brings artists Hatfield and Chan to Sounds Good to speak with Kate Lochte about their work.

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