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.

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McCracken Fiscal Court

Update: Visitation and funeral arrangements are set for Tuesday at the Luther F. Carson Center. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. The service is at 7 p.m. Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Bandana.

More information on Milner & Orr's website.

Lance Dennee, WKMS

With numerous projects underway in the City of Paducah: from neighborhood revitalization to riverfront development, workforce development, the foreign trade zone, efforts to attract young entrepreneurs and much more, this November's mayoral and city commissioners race has many in the community wondering about the leadership will look like guiding a changing Paducah. WKMS and The Paducah Sun hosted a forum Thursday night where candidates expressed their views on these topics.

Lance Dennee, WKMS / Watkins Hogancamp

Candidates for the Kentucky House of Representatives 3rd District (part of McCracken County) squared off in a forum hosted by the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce Thursday. Candidates outlined their positions on the Affordable Care Act, the pension system, regulations on business and more.

Lance Dennee, WKMS / Kaler Harless

Candidates for Paducah Mayor squared off in the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce forum Thursday morning. Incumbent Gayle Kaler and challenger Brandi Harless outlined positions on topics ranging from regulations, manufacturing jobs, neighborhood revitalization, population decline and diversity outreach. 

John Null/WKMS

Republican Senator Rand Paul is making campaign stops in western Kentucky today as part of a 'coal tour.' Closed meetings this morning in Henderson and Morganfield are followed by public meet and greets this afternoon in Madisonville and Muhlenberg County. 

Whitney Jones, WKMS

Kentuckians interested in participating in the state’s industrial hemp research pilot program next year are invited to apply to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

A female high school teacher in Muhlenberg County has been charged with rape in the third degree of a minor. 

via Jackson Purchase Energy Corporation

A crew of five Jackson Purchase Energy Corporation workers are in North Carolina assisting with power restoration in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. 

James Chen, Jingdezhen, City of Crafts & Folk Art, courtesy of Paducah CVB

Representatives from UNESCO Cities of Crafts and Folk Art will meet in Paducah next September. This will be the first formally-designated annual meeting of the thematic area. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray State University is home to a diverse body of international students. Iqra Ilyas and Nadia Khan are graduate students from Pakistan. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf learns what they are studying at Murray State, how they met in western Kentucky, American television and politics, cultural misconceptions and hopes for the future.