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. 

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U.S. Congressman James Comer (R-KY Dist. 1) told CNN on Wednesday that members of Congress need to "take a deep breath" with respect to alleged memo from former FBI director James Comey.

City of Paducah

Plans for a new pocket park in a vacant space in downtown Paducah are nearly complete. Planner Sheryl Chino told the Paducah Board of Commissioners in a meeting Tuesday night that bidding is expected to start late fall.

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The Kentucky Office of the Attorney General is warning of an email scam that uses “spoof government employee email addresses” to defraud Kentuckians. 

milnerandorr.com

The funeral service for American Quilter’s Society co-founder Bill Schroeder is this evening at 6 at the Heartland Worship Center. 

Kentucky State Police

Kentucky State Police Post 1 held services for fallen soldiers on Monday as part of National Police Officer Memorial Day. 

Dr. Bob Davies, Murray State University

Murray State University's Spring commencement ceremony is Saturday and as the traditional academic year comes to a close there is much attention and focus on the next year. Performance funding goes into effect over the summer and state officials have recently outlined broad reforms that could potentially shape education at all levels. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with MSU President Dr. Bob Davies about these topics, also a new fast-track law program partnership and the recent Missouri Valley Conference decision.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray State University’s new 77,000 square foot animal disease diagnostic laboratory is formally open. Governor Matt Bevin, MSU President Dr. Bob Davies and other state and university officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication for the Breathitt Veterinary Center in Hopkinsville on Thursday.

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, via Facebook, cropped

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park is gearing up for a Trail of Tears Weekend this Friday and Saturday. The cultural event gives guests an opportunity to step back in time and imagine what life was like in the region 175 years ago and prior. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The Republican-crafted American Health Care Act and concern over pre-existing conditions dominated U.S. Congressman James Comer's town hall in Marshall County on Wednesday afternoon. 

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U.S. Congressman James Comer is holding a town hall this afternoon in Benton. Town halls in three other central Kentucky communities will follow.

Comer has taken to social media and posted a Q&A on his website defending his vote on the GOP crafted American Health Care Act following pushback from those who dislike the plan. A central issue involves how pre-existing conditions are covered.

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