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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Clarksville Police Department

Clarksville Police say a man sustained a gunshot wound after accidentally dropping his gun in a restaurant.

NOAA Paducah, weather.gov

Update 5:30 p.m. 

The National Weather Service in Paducah is forecasting rainfall totals between a half and inch to one-and-one-quarter inch in the region this week as remnants of Irma move through the region. 

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Marcus Floyd, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

Soldiers in the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell are preparing to support Hurricane Irma relief efforts, but have not yet been ordered to assist.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray State University’s president said Governor Matt Bevin’s call to reduce more than 17% of the state budget this year doesn’t have a direct impact on the state’s public colleges and universities, but higher ed officials are bracing for an 'indirect' cut of more than $7 million dollars.

Kentucky National Guard

Soldiers from the Kentucky Army National Guard departed Monday for Hurricane Irma response efforts in Florida. 

Kentucky Emergency Management via Facebook

The Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services deployed an ambulance strike team to Florida on Monday to provide emergency assistance following Hurricane Irma. 

Kentucky State Police

Update 2: Per the Kentucky State Police, the corrections officer who shot Wofford is Susan Knight, a 19-year veteran with the state Dept. of Corrections. Wofford continues to receive treatment in the hospital and remains in custody of the Dept. of Corrections.  

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Around a dozen members of veterans groups, mostly Vietnam veterans, in west Kentucky gathered on the plaza opposite of Paducah City Hall on Friday to protest the city's ban on certain flags in the Veterans Day parade and called for a boycott. They also burned a version of the Confederate flag they called a "hate flag."

U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond

Updated Story:

Kentucky Army National Guard soldiers departed to the Caribbean on Thursday to assist in rescue and recovery efforts following Hurricane Irma. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray State University President Bob Davies said he hopes for a bipartisan Congressional effort to find a long-term solution for DACA recipients working towards university degrees and contributing to society.

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