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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The Purchase Area Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center in Murray now has funding for video equipment to conduct forensic interviews with children who may have been sexually abused. 

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Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin has appointed Don Irvin Tharpe to Murray State University’s Board of Regents. 

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Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is holding training sessions in far west Kentucky this month to bring awareness to human trafficking issues. 

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More than 70 Kentucky counties - including more than a dozen in the region - are in need of volunteers to review foster care cases. 

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The City of Paducah has a new planning director. Paducah’s Board of Commissioners named Tuesday night Tammara Tracy to the position. 

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is preparing for hundreds of thousands of people coming to the region next month for prime viewing of the total solar eclipse.

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said a settlement agreement was reached this year involving a cargo ship crashing into the old Eggners Ferry Bridge in 2012.

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Nonprofit arts in Paducah is an annual $27.5 million industry supporting 991 jobs. That’s according to a national study from national advocacy group Americans for the Arts. 

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A University of Tennessee at Martin alumna is the new president of the University of Tennessee Alumni Association.

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Murray State University officials described clean-up work underway, university priorities and where the students will live, following the blast at a residential college last week. 

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