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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Kentucky’s state parks and recreational trails and facilities received more than two million dollars from Frankfort on Thursday, including 10 projects in far western Kentucky. 

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Kentucky Community and Technical College System has a new Vice President. Dr. Larry Ferguson was named to the role Thursday. 

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Artists now have an easier process for selling or demonstrating their work in Paducah's downtown and Lower Town spaces.

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Madisonville area marathon man Dave Jones recently completed the Triple 7 Quest: seven marathons in seven continents in seven days. He's now back home in Hanson, Kentucky and speaks with Matt Markgraf about his unique experience, which was just a few hours shy of making the Guinness Book of World Records.

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The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Punch Brothers headline this year's ROMP bluegrass festival in Owensboro. The annual festival, now in its 14th year, serves as a fundraiser for the International Bluegrass Music Museum. 

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The Kentucky State Police are warning of a phone scam in western Kentucky involving Kentucky Utilities. 

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While Congressman James Comer has served as Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner and spent more than a decade in the Kentucky House of Representatives, he is new to Washington D.C., having won the District 1 seat in western Kentucky last November, formerly held by Rep. Ed Whitfield. Comer stopped by WKMS on his way to a speaking engagement to speak with Matt Markgraf about his thoughts on President Trump, legislative priorities, trade deals and hemp.

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Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says “no such information exists” in response to a Congressional request for voter fraud information. 

President Donald Trump has called for a “major investigation” into voter fraud claiming, without evidence, that millions of people voted illegally in the November election. 

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The new Lake Barkley Bridge could have its arch in place on Valentine’s Day.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said in a release February 14 is the target date for placing the $20 million, 550-foot main span on the new structure. 

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A feasibility study is underway for a Western Kentucky Ag Expo Center. The center would be a joint effort representing Christian, Todd and Trigg counties. Members of the public discussed opportunities for children and farm families in a recent forum, which included the fiscal courts of the involved counties.

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