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
4:17 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Little River Band's Wayne Nelson Preview's Glema Mahr Center Show

Little River Band
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An Evening with Little River Band at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts on campus at Madisonville Community College starts at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday. Little River Band was formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1975. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with bass guitarist and vocalist Wayne Nelson about his being the bridge between the original band and the current lineup that brings new energy and arrangements to the classic hits, like "Reminiscing." 

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Education
3:58 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Murray State Readies New Responsive Website

Coming in January, Murray State's main website will undergo a major change to accommodate mobile users. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte learns more about this overhaul from web manager Charley Allen. She says mobile use has overtaken desktop use this year and it's time for Murray State's site to align with this trend, with a focus on making it easier for prospective students to access information and apply for admission on a mobile device.

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WKMS Press Releases
11:00 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Sounds Good Week Ahead: December 8 - 12

Here's who's on Sounds Good this week. Because of our lineup of holiday programming, Sounds Good will only be an hour each of the days (except Friday).

Monday, December 8

Coming in January, Murray State's main website will undergo a major change to accommodate mobile users, and we learn more about it from web manager Charley Allen.

Festivo Alt. Latino with Coral Cantigas Felix Contreras hosts this special featuring 20 piece choral ensemble Coral Cantigas, Peruvian Christmas carols, folk music from Brazil, Spain, and Mexico plus Parrandas from Venezuela and Puerto Rico. 

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WKMS Press Releases
5:16 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

$20,000 Raised in WKMS Holiday Fund Drive! THANK YOU!

Today near the end of the first hour of All Things Considered, a flurry of phones rang from listeners ending our holiday fund drive! With over $20,000 raised, we are excited to wrap up 2014 strong and can't wait to continue bringing you quality public radio in 2015. Your gifts pay for the programming and equipment that allow us to stay on air and for that, we are extremely grateful. Thank you. Happy holidays from WKMS!

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Science
12:34 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Understanding Depression: Medicinal and Talk-Based Therapies

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WEB MD online's "Myth Buster" includes this thought on the idea that "depressed people cry a lot." The word is: not always. Some people don't cry or even act terribly sad when they're depressed. Instead, they are emotionally "blank" and may feel worthless or useless. Even without dramatic symptoms, untreated depression prevents people from living life to its fullest - and takes a toll on families. Kate Lochte continues a conversation about understanding depression with Murray State Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Michael Bordieri, with a focus on the origins of depression and treatments still subject to ongoing research.

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Giving Tuesday
2:31 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Celebrate Giving Tuesday with WKMS

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We have a day for giving thanks. We have three for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. Today charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. 

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Business
4:56 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Meet Local Farmers: Red Roof Ranch Alpacas in Cadiz

'Tis the season to get out the coats, scarves, earmuffs and warm socks. But maybe those socks made from sheep's wool just aren't warm enough? Introducing alpaca fiber or "the fiber of the gods" as the Incans called it. It's a luxury fiber similar to cashmere, but has a hollow core that gives it an extra insulating property, which makes it lighter and warmer. On Sounds Good, we meet Kathy Tinkham of Red Roof Ranch Alpacas in Trigg County and learn how she got into raising alpacas and some of the items in her store that will keep you warm this winter season.

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Arts
3:31 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Murray Composer on Writing "A Winter's Dawn" - Performance This Saturday

John Fannin says inspiration for "A Winter's Dawn" comes from a blend of understanding popular music and high velocity skiing. He conducts this piece of original work for Saturday's Community Band Concert in Murray. Kate Lochte gets a sneak listen with Fannin on Sounds Good and they talk about how his compositions are getting nationwide attention in the wind band repertoire.

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WKMS Press Releases
9:46 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Sounds Good Week Ahead: December 1 - 5

Here's a look ahead at who's on Sounds Good this week:

Monday, December 1

John Fannin will conduct his piece "A Winter’s Dawn" for Saturday's Community Band  Concert in Murray.  Fannin's compositions are getting nationwide attention in the wind band repertoire.

Today we meet Kathy Tinkham of Red Roof Ranch Alpacas in Trigg County.  The Tinkhams have built a fifty plus alpaca herd on their hundred acre ranch.  Each alpaca is named and its wool is identified in hand-made items in the store, alongside Peruvian goods.

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Culture
3:06 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Emmy-Nominated Rapper Performs in Marion Despite Cancellation by School Adminstrators

Credit T.O.N.E-z, Facebook

Rapper/actor T.O.N.E-z. received an Emmy nomination in 2012 for his song "Long Hard Times To Come," which is the theme song to the television series Justified. His free performance at halftime of a high school football game in October was canceled at the last minute by school administrators. On Sounds Good, T.O.N.E-z. and Crittenden County Football Boosters President Serena Dickerson talked with Tracy Ross about the circumstances surrounding the cancelation and the rapper's decision to return to Marion last Saturday to perform at Fohs Hall with Big Atomic.

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