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
12:24 am
Fri December 21, 2007

Christmas Lights

Dr. Duane Bolin

Murray, KY – When Edward Johnson, associate to Thomas Edison, strung lights around his home Christmas Tree in 1882, opened his windows, and flipped the switch passersby called it magnificent local newspapers called it a publicity stunt and Johnson was called the Father of the Electric Christmas Tree Lights. One hundred years ago, a tree adorned with lights would have cost around 2000 dollars, but now it's tradition for families around the world. Duane Bolin examines the importance of lights in traditions, religion, and literature.

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Commentary
12:16 am
Tue December 18, 2007

Horizons

Dr. Duane Bolin

Murray, KY – As we think of potential New Year's resolutions, such as eating better, reading more, or spending more time with loved ones, we decide to make plans for a future... uncertain. For a horizon unforeseen. Duane Bolin ponders what lies beyond life's horizons and whether or not it's really worth knowing the answer.

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Commentary
12:36 am
Thu December 13, 2007

Between Town and Family in South Fulton, TN: A Hometown Christmas

Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – From fruitcakes to lutefisk, every family's got their time honored holiday traditions. Commentator, Dr. Brian Clardy takes us to South Fulton Tennessee, and shares some of his Christmas customs between town and family.

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Commentary
2:23 am
Tue December 11, 2007

Big Words

Murray, KY – According to the National Assessment for Adult Literacy, over 40% of the US Population read at a basic or below basic level. What's more is that the percentage of adults with proficient reading skills has declined over the past 10 years. Dr. Scott Vander Ploeg talks about the importance of effective language skills in a commentary he calls Big Words.

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Commentary
3:54 am
Tue December 4, 2007

On Chrismastime and Loss

Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – For most, the holiday season signifies a time for celebration... It's no wonder why it's been declared The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. But for some, the winter holidays can be the loneliest time of the year A bittersweet reminder of past times and hardships... Dr. Brian Clardy shares with us a story from his past about how the passing of a loved one launched a new holiday tradition for his family.

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Commentary
2:40 am
Wed November 28, 2007

Luck of the MGTD

Scott Vander Ploeg

Murray, KY – According to CarTalk.com, the 1952 MG-TD is sleek, stylish and drives only marginally better than a bath tub. Commentator Scott Vander Ploeg talks about his first hand experience with the classic automobile memories both fond AND frightening.

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Commentary
11:00 pm
Sun November 18, 2007

Turkey Day

Robert Valentine

Murray, KY – This year marks our 230th Thanksgiving since it was first issued in 1777 by the Continental Congress. As you gather around a large Turkey and give thanks for safety and happiness in the same manner George Washington once did, you might ask yourself, Whose idea was it to eat a turkey? Well, Commentator and Storyteller Robert Valentine has some morsels of information for you to chew on in an amusing Thanksgiving send-up entitled Turkey Day.

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Commentary
11:01 pm
Mon November 12, 2007

Re-Membering

Dr. Duane Bolin

Murray, KY – Journalist Ambrose Bierce said History is an account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools. Commentator Duane Bolin talks about the increasing fragmentation of the past and why it's important that we RE-member the truth.

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11:23 pm
Wed November 7, 2007

A Destin Diary Day 4

Murray, KY – Commentator Duane Bolin takes us back to the summer time in the fourth and final part of his series, writing on the beach during his summer vacation in Destin, Florida.

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1:47 am
Tue November 6, 2007

Chick Corea

Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – Of the many sounds of jazz, few stand out as truly genre defying From avant-garde to bebop and hard-hitting fusion to heady forays into classical it is no overstatement to call Chick Corea one of the most prolific composers of the late 20th century Dr. Brian Clardy talks about his first exposure to this Grammy Award winning well is it safe to say genius ?

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