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. 

Ways to Connect

Official Photo, Public Domain

A rally of about 20 people this afternoon in downtown Martin, Tennessee called for Republican Representative David Kustoff to vote against repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. Attendees chanted "Medicaid for All" and "Universal Healthcare" to people driving by. 

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Republican Congressman James Comer is kicking off a series of town hall forums from the end of March through April. Comer represents the first district in west Kentucky.

Courtesy Rep. James Comer's Office

Republican Kentucky Congressman James Comer (1st Dist.) recently returned from a five-member congressional agricultural trade mission to Cuba. Comer said lifting the Cuban embargo on trade is a "no brainer" and plans on being a leader in Congressional efforts to do so. Matt Markgraf speaks with Comer about how the U.S. and Kentucky's first district could stand to gain from easing restrictions and expanding trade relations with the Caribbean island.

WKMS Staff

As part of an ongoing Sounds Good series meeting Murray State University international students, Matt Markgraf speaks with Karol Adanis Saenz Meneses from Panama City, Panama. She is one of seven Panamanian students studying here as part of a special collaboration with the U.S. Embassy and the Fullbright Association in Panama. They talk about her home country and culture and what she's studying at MSU.

National Weather Service Paducah, weather.gov

A widespread freeze is expected over the weekend, following last night's severe storms. The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning from 10 p.m. Friday until 8 a.m. Saturday. 

Andy Beshear, official photo

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear will speak at Murray State on Monday about combating sexual assault on college campuses. 

Fulton County Sheriff's Office

Third Afternoon Update:

The National Weather Service Paducah confirms two tornadoes struck Fulton County Thursday night. In a series of Tweets, NWS said the first tornado was an EF1 that traveled 8 miles north of Hickman to five miles southeast of Hickman with peak winds of 110 mph. The second tornado was an EF2 east of Hickman that traveled to the Tennessee border. This tornado peaked at 125 mph.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray State's 2017 Presidential Lecture centered on the theme "We have a dream. Are we living it?" with personal experience and insight from three alumni discussing diversity efforts in higher education.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Metropolis mayoral candidates debate in a town-hall style forum Thursday night. The Metropolis Planet and the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce host the forum and question and answer session.

Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Vice President Mike Pence plans to visit Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday as he tries to make the case for repealing and replacing former President Barack Obama's health care law. 

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