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
11:31 pm
Mon September 24, 2007

An Odd Shelf of Books

Dr. Duane Bolin

Murray, KY – You know you have a lot of books when you have books about books and a bookshelf for such books. Duane Bolin talks about his odd shelf of books and some other books lovers with notably odd collections.

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Commentary
11:48 pm
Wed September 19, 2007

On the Passing of Max Roach

Dr. Brian Clardy
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Commentary
1:36 am
Tue September 11, 2007

In the Waiting Room

Murray, KY – The American South is known for its sweet tea, hospitality and its distinctive dialects. For Patience Renzulli, who grew up in the north, hearing the southern dialect has always been a charm. On her recent trip to a waiting room in Nashville, Renzulli listened in on some enchanting southern characters.

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Commentary
11:19 pm
Mon September 3, 2007

Many Sounds of Jazz - Andy Bey and Shirley Horn

Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – Andy Bey is perhaps one of the unsung heroes of jazz singers. His distinct voice and wide range have garnered him a small, but incredibly faithful following. While vocal singer and pianist Shirley Horn may have had more celebrity, often performing at the White House, her talents may have rivaled that of Andy Bey's. As Dr. Brian Clardy explains, ability cannot be defined by popularity.

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Commentary
1:06 am
Mon August 27, 2007

Where are all the Wrinkles?

www.pets4you.com

Murray, KY – Lets face it; we're a nation obsessed with youthfulness. A search for wrinkle cream on Amazon.com will give you over twelve hundred product results. In an era where age is an option... an option between Botox injections or collagen injections, Patience Renzulli asks, "Where are all the wrinkles?"

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Commentary
4:01 am
Mon August 20, 2007

Many Sounds of Jazz - Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross

Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – Vocalese is a style of jazz singing in which lyrics are written in place of a composition originally intended for musical instruments. Today, vocalese is popular with fans of artists like Kurt Elling and The Manhattan Transfer, but a jazz trio from the 50s popularized the style. Dr. Brian Clardy tells us why Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross stand out amongst the many sounds of jazz.

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1:05 am
Mon August 13, 2007

River Walk

www.greaterohio.com

Murray, KY – The Ohio River is richly embedded in American History; because of its westward flow, it became the convenient means of transportation and food for 18th century settlers traveling from Pennsylvania. At one time it was considered an extension of the Mason Dixon line, it borders 14 states, and has the world record for the catch of the largest blue catfish weighing 104 pounds. Patience Renzulli takes a stroll along the riverfront in Paducah where she has a run-in with one of these monstrous fish.

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Commentary
4:15 am
Tue August 7, 2007

Strange Fruit

Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – Protest music has been a popular and important part of American culture since the Revolutionary War. Songs like "God Save the Thirteen States" and "The Liberty Song" expressed a desire for change, and freedom from oppression. The 20th century surged with protest music from the Great Depression to the Vietnam War, but Dr. Brian Clardy tell us a story behind one of the most influential, and controversial protest songs of th 1920s; a song which planted the seeds for the Civil Rights Movement, decades before it came to fruition.

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Commentary
2:14 am
Wed July 25, 2007

Orbert Davis and Jazz Education

Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – Credited in over Twenty Five Hundred commercials and working with musicians from Duran Duran to Ramsey Lewis Jazz Trumpeter Orbert Davis is considered by many to be the hardest working man in jazz. He's arranged a Fifty-Five piece orchestra and expanded the jazz program at the University of Chicago. Dr. Brian Clardy talks about an inspiring CD by this Forty Four year old jazz maven.

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2:09 am
Wed July 25, 2007

Ken Burns and Dexter Gordon

Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – Since its broadcast in 2001, Ken Burn's documentary miniseries on jazz has garnered mixed reviews by critics. While praised for his inclusion of rare video clips and excellent soundtrack, opposing critics say his premise favors the classical influence in modern jazz, rather than the fusion and free jazz movements. Dr. Brian Clardy talks about a particular example involving Dexter Gordon's album, Homecoming: Live at the Village Vanguard.

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