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
12:06 am
Sun October 5, 2008

"A Review of Jian Ping's Mulberry Child: A Memoir of China"

Murray, KY – The little girl on the sepia-toned cover of Mulberry Child, A Memoir of China, meets the camera's eye with an unwavering gaze. The no-nonsense haircut and slight downward curve of her mouth suggest a serious demeanor, but the hint of color on the lips implies a spark of assertiveness lurking beneath author Jian Ping's earnest fa ade.

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News Archive
2:35 am
Wed September 24, 2008

KY-2: Guthrie's Company Threatens to Sue Over DCCC Ad

Bowling Green, KY – A Louisville TV station has pulled an ad by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee attacking the business that employs Republican candidate Brett Guthrie. A lawyer representing the company has threatened to sue over the ad, saying it is "demonstrably false." Kevin Willis reports.

Full story at WKYU

 

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10:00 am
Tue September 23, 2008

Candidates Debate in Tight KY-2 Race

Lexington, KY – The candidates for Kentucky's 2nd Congressional District seat are willing to go against the wishes of party leadership. Warren County Republican Brett Guthrie of Bowling Green and Daviess County Democrat David Boswell debated Monday night on Kentucky Educational Television.

To view the KET debate for KY-2 candidates, click here

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2:50 am
Fri September 19, 2008

KY-2: Candidates to Debate on Kentucky Educational Television

Bowling Green, KY – The two candidates running for Kentucky's 2nd Congressional District will appear Monday night on Kentucky Educational Television in Lexington for a live debate.

Owensboro Democrat David Boswell will face Bowling Green Republican Brett Guthrie. The two are competing to replace retiring Congressman Ron Lewis.

Full story at WKYU

 

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News Archive
11:46 pm
Mon September 15, 2008

KY-5: Independent Challenges "Champion" of the Earmarks

Richmond, KY – Southeast Kentucky's 5th Congressional District was the focus last night when KET conducted its first candidate forum of the fall election season.

Incumbent Republican Hal Rogers refused to participate, but his opponent accepted the invitation. Independent candidate Jim Holbert was quizzed by KET Host Bill Goodman, WEKU's Charles Compton and Russ Cassady of the Appalachian News Express.

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10:42 am
Mon September 8, 2008

Special Interest Groups Involved in KY Politics

Louisville, KY – In the last three decades, special interest groups have become major players in political campaigns. Kentucky Public Radio's Gabe Bullard has more on how official and unofficial interests are getting involved in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race between Mitch McConnell and Bruce Lunsford.

Full story at WUKY

 

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1:37 am
Fri August 29, 2008

Cross: "Maverick McCain Makes Maverick Pick In Palin"

Lexington, KY – The Director of the University of Kentucky's Center For Rural Journalism and Community Issues says he's not all that surprised that Republican candidate McCain chose a woman to be his running mate.

Full story at WUKY

 

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1:32 am
Fri August 29, 2008

Kentucky Delegate on the DNC

Denver, CO – Among the Democrats headed home today is Kentuckian Diane Wood. Wood, who lives on the Kentucky border near Fort Campbell, went to Denver, hoping to vote for Hillary Clinton. But yesterday she told reporter Charles Lane she's very satisfied with presidential nominee Barack Obama.

Full story at WEKU

 

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2:59 am
Tue August 26, 2008

Youngest Kentucky Delegate Discusses Obama Versus Clinton Divisions

Murray, KY – The Democratic National Convention's first night was a memorable one for Graves County, Kentucky native Micah Spicer.

Spicer, who is Kentucky's youngest delegate at 19 years old, says although the convention's opening ceremony revolved around unifying the party, there were obvious divisions surrounding Senators Obama and Clinton.

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3:49 am
Mon August 18, 2008

Political Conventions Mark a Turning Point in the Election

Bowling Green, KY – The Democratic and Republican conventions mark the real beginning of the general election race for president, according to Western Kentucky University Political Science Professor Dr. Scott Lasley.

"It signals a start to the general election," Lasley said.

"For a lot of people, this is their signal to start clueing in," he added.

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