Matt Markgraf

New Media Promotion Coordinator, Host of Weekend Energy

Matt "McG" Markgraf joined the WKMS News Team in January 2007, while pursuing his bachelor’s degree in theatre at Murray State. Now he's got a master's degree in creative writing and is hard at work on "the next great American novel" - that is - when he’s not designing and updating the web site, producing commentaries and mixing up some Weekend Energy. Matt enjoys all kinds of music, but has a fondness for wicked beats. He’s at the station throughout the day and sometimes late at night working during the informative bliss of BBC World Service. In March 2011, he was named New Media & Promotions Coordinator for WKMS.

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2011

1st Place - Best Website - www.wkms.org

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2010

2nd Place - Best Website - www.wkms.org

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2009

2nd Place - Best Website - www.wkms.org

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2008

2nd Place - Best Website - www.wkms.org

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Commentary
12:21 am
Sun October 5, 2008

Reflections on the 1968 Olympics Black Power Salute Controversy

Murray, KY – After having won gold and bronze medals in the 200 meter race, U.S. Olympians Tommie Smith and John Carlos made a bold and defiant gesture. As they stood on the platform to receive their medals to the strains of The Star Spangled Banner, both men wearing black gloves raised their fists in angry boldness. They had offered the Black Power salute. As a result, both athletes were suspended from the games and forced to leave the Olympic village.

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Commentary
12:19 am
Sun October 5, 2008

An Evening with Wayne Shorter

Murray, KY – It was at the 2002 Chicago Jazz Festival where I was face to face with greatness. The bill for that night included Von Freeman, Carla Cook and Jimmy Heath. But the artist that most of us lined up to see was the great sax man Wayne Shorter.

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Commentary
12:17 am
Sun October 5, 2008

On Dexter Gordon's 'Round Midnight and the Jazz Revival of the 1980s.

Murray, KY – In 1986, French director Bertrand Tavernier put together an ensemble of great musicians and actors to produce one of the most influential movies of the decade, "'Round Midnight." The title of this movie came from Thelonius Monk and Cootie Williams classic composition of the same name.

The opening theme is beautifully sung by the innovative vocalist Bobby McFarrin. It is a story of longing, loss, conflict with inner demons, and the last hurrah of a fictional musician, Dale Turner.

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Commentary
12:16 am
Sun October 5, 2008

Patricia Barber: The Art of Jazz Eloquence

Murray, KY – I was at my neighborhood Borders snooping around the second floor music section when I heard a soothing and erudite voice come over the store's stereo system. From the start, I recognized the tune, Invitation, as I have heard it performed several times by jazz artists in the past. But this rendition was different. It was articulated with longing, passion, and a sense of joy. This was my first introduction to jazz vocalist and pianist Patricia Barber.

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Commentary
12:14 am
Sun October 5, 2008

The Uses of History

Commentary
12:13 am
Sun October 5, 2008

On Book and the Housing of Them

Commentary
12:12 am
Sun October 5, 2008

The Past is a Foreign Country

Commentary
12:11 am
Sun October 5, 2008

Watching the Road Rush By

Commentary
12:09 am
Sun October 5, 2008

"A Long Way from St. Lucy"

Murray, KY – Nine years old. First day of fourth grade. I have barely mastered Double Dutch and long division. Our classroom is on the third floor of St. Francis School, not the first level like last year. After grade three, the girls have classes separate from the boys because males are deemed near occasions of sin, whatever that means.

Grade 4 - Girls is the room right across from the principal's office. On the first day of school it is she, Sister Philippa, who greets us.

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Commentary
12:07 am
Sun October 5, 2008

"Energy Independence"

Murray, KY – A bit of homespun wisdom from a friend who grew up in Mississippi: The hogs don't look up till the slop stops coming.

This pithy saying comes to mind with the alarming rise in gasoline prices and the frantic scrambling for half-gassed solutions. As if we have not been on this inexorable march for decades

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