Matt Markgraf

News Director, Host of Weekend Energy

Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director since March 2016 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant.

Matt has led the management of the station's web site, online streaming and social media platforms. He's also developed promotional and marketing materials over the years. He enjoys writing, working with student journalists, traveling around the region, meeting listeners and learning new things every day.

He has a bachelor's degree in Theatre and a master's degree in Creative Writing from Murray State University. 

For more than 10 years, Matt has been the volunteer host of the electronic music program Weekend Energy Saturday nights. In the program, he aims to showcase the genre's soulful and diverse celebration of international culture.

He formerly coordinated and hosted the classical music program Carson Myre Youth Series. Matt has produced an assortment of interviews for Sounds Good and has led initiatives in the Youth Radio Project.

In his free time, he enjoys cooking international cuisine, discovering new music, reading science fiction and has recently taken to recording public domain audiobooks.

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The Murray State University Board of Regents has authorized a 3% increase in tuition and mandatory fees for the next academic year. The board voted on the increase and approved other rates in a special meeting on Friday. Student Regent Tori Wood voted against the rate increases.

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Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is leading a community forum in Hopkinsville on Monday. 

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Republican primary candidates for vying for the state 4th District House seat recently debated in Hopkinsville. The League of Women Voters hosted the forum between incumbent Lynn Bechler and challenger Fred Stubblefield. The candidates discussed a wide range of issues, including education, health care, minimum wage and marijuana.

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The University of Tennessee at Martin is hosting a gubernatorial candidate forum Thursday evening. The WestStar Leadership program is sponsoring the event. 

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Murray State University will confer a total of 1,509 pending degrees in two commencement ceremonies this Saturday. 


The McCracken County Sheriff's Office is warning of a phone scam involving alleged unpaid tolls. 

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Two League of Women Voters forums in the region this week feature the Democratic candidates for Kentucky’s 1st U.S. Congressional District as well as other state and local primary races. 

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Budget recommendations for "a year that's more difficult than normal," as Murray State University Regent Dan Kemp described it, was presented in summary form during a special meeting of the Board’s Finance Committee on Tuesday. Kemp chairs the committee that brought forth, for discussion purposes, budget proposals for the next fiscal year. Recommendations won't be officially adopted until board approval at the June meeting.

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The Murray State University residential college destroyed in a blast last summer will be restored with new features. The Board of Regents approved Tuesday moving forward with design changes to J.H. Richmond Hall. 

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Members of the Murray City Council are considering implementing a smoke-free ordinance. The Public Safety Committee met Thursday afternoon to discuss whether to draft such an ordinance and how strict the ordinance should be.

"I'd like to see the whole city be smoke-free," said Murray Mayor Jack Rose.