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
12:11 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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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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News Archive
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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News Archive
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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News Archive
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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News Archive
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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