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
5:06 am
Thu July 19, 2007

Uncommon Mysteries - "The Bad Quarto"

Murray, KY – "The Bad Quarto" is the name of the fourth mystery novel in the series featuring college nurse turned detective Imogen Quy, by author Jill Patton Walsh. Following the controversial death of Professor Talentire, Quy becomes involved with an amateur theatrical production of a play titled "The Bad Quarto." Hear what mystery novel expert Michael Cohen thinks about this academic whodunit.

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Commentary
5:12 am
Wed July 11, 2007

I Remember Ray Brown

Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – Dizzy Gillespie said "Ray Brown played the strongest, most fluid and imaginative bass lines in modern jazz." A quote such as this summarizes Brown's expansive, nearly six-decade career, collaborating with superstars like Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, any many others. Dr. Brian Clardy remembers his first hand experience with Ray Brown, days before Brown's sudden death in 2002.

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Commentary
5:19 am
Mon July 9, 2007

Craig Morris

Murray, KY – From inventor Nathan B. Stubblefield to anecdotist and Navy Chaplain Howell Maurice Forgy, Calloway County has been home for many historic intellectuals. Commentator Martin Booth Tracy talks about how one Murray native by the name of Edward Craig Morris stayed true to his Kentucky roots while curating for the American Museum of Natural History in New York and excavating the Andean Mountains of Peru.

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Commentary
1:05 am
Mon June 25, 2007

Manhunt: 12 Days Search for Lincoln's Killer

Murray, KY – With the bloody Civil War finished, Author James L. Swanson tells us, Abraham Lincoln was "jubilant." But not all was jubilant for Actor and Activist, John Wilkes Booth. After the infamous assassination on April 14th, 1865, Booth ran for his life in what Swanson calls "A Twelve Day Manhunt." Hear what mystery novel expert Michael Cohen thinks about this "murder most foul!"

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Commentary
4:58 am
Mon June 11, 2007

Punkin

Robert Valentine

Murray, KY – A new pet will often bring joy and happiness to a home. That is, until they start clawing the furniture, wetting the carpet, knocking over priceless antiques or terrorizing the neighbor's children. Many of us can relate to the often frustrating yet endearing occurrences that come with a pet. Robert Valentine can. He's spending his summer with one.

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Commentary
4:49 am
Mon June 11, 2007

Uncommon Mystery - A Death in Belmont

Murray, KY – Imagine how strange and frightening it would be to see yourself, not quite a year old, with your mother and two men, one of whom is a confessed serial killer. This is what happened to author Sebastian Junger and is only a small part of what he recounts in "A Death in Belmont." Hear what mysery novel expert Michael Cohen thinks about this Boston thriller.

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Commentary
3:25 am
Mon June 4, 2007

Ornette Coleman

Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – By the early 1960's, American culture burst with innovation and freedom of expression. From Jackson Pollack to Alan Ginsberg, the flux of modern art erupted into the postmodern world today. Dr. Brian Clardy talks about a legend whose experiments with jazz music have been resonating for nearly 50 years.

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Commentary
4:03 am
Tue May 29, 2007

Uncommon Mystery - Desert Heat

Murray, KY – Author J.A. Jance creates what Publisher's Weekly calls "a taut and poignant mystery" with her novel, "Desert Heat." Protagonist, Joanna Brady, finds her husband shot in the Arizona desert on the night of their tenth wedding anniversary. But this, and her husband's suspicious death in the hospital, is only the beginning. Hear what mystery novel expert Michael Cohen thinks about this southwest thriller.

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Commentary
4:02 am
Mon May 28, 2007

Remebering Lilli Marlene

www.umkc.edu

Murray, KY – For World War II Veteran Mike Freeland time travel is a song away.

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Commentary
3:44 am
Wed May 23, 2007

Rev. Howell Maurice Forgy

Howell Maurice Forgy
www.history.navy.mil

Murray, KY – The Telecommunications Systems Management Program at Murray State University recently kicked-off a year long celebration honoring wireless telephone inventor, Nathan B. Stubblefield. But Martin Booth Tracy talks about how a lesser-known Navy Chaplain, who came to Murray to build a church, coined a phrase immortalized in American pop culture.

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