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
5:23 am
Mon May 7, 2007

Commentary - To Change the World

Murray, KY – In the wake of the Virginia Tech Massacre, students and community members across the nation have joined together in hopes to prevent violence in their neighborhoods. But Psychologist Kenneth Thomas says why that might not be enough and offers his expertise on what he thinks needs to happen.

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Commentary
5:23 am
Thu May 3, 2007

Commentary - Martinez Rogers

Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – The music business today is crossing genres, breaking boundaries, and opening doors like never before. Dr. Brian Clardy talks about an up and coming musician doing all of these things with jazz music in a small studio in his apartment.

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Commentary
3:54 am
Thu April 19, 2007

Commentary - Kurt Elling

Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – Contemporary jazz vocalist Kurt Elling has been wowing many critics with his latest album titled "Nightmoves." Dr. Brian Clardy talks about what he alls the "Subdued Virtuosity" of Elling's new album and why the critics are impressed.

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Commentary
3:44 am
Thu April 5, 2007

Commentary - John Coltrane

Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – Finding love in a society seemingly filled with hate can be very difficult. Dr. Brian Clardy talks about how one jazz performer devoted an entire album to love during one of America's most turbulent times.

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Commentary
4:52 am
Mon April 2, 2007

Commentary - No Daughter of Mine

Constance Alexander

Murray, KY – The words, "No daughter of mine" are familiar enough to young women who've heard the phrase countless times as they struggle for independence from strict parents. Commentator Constance Alexander remembers hearing it often from her parents... until that one summer.

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Commentary
4:36 am
Mon April 2, 2007

Commentary - Is Our Money Friendly to Bilnd People?

Dr. Joe Fuhrmann

Murray, KY – We can identify the American dollar by its famous green coloring, but how identifiable is it for the blind? Dr. Joe Fuhrmann talks about some changes he would like to see.

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Commentary
3:38 am
Tue March 27, 2007

Commentary - Mulgrew Miller

Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – Mulgrew Miller is said to be a leader among contemporary Jazz Pianists. Dr. Brian Clardy, Assistant Professor of History at Murray State, talks about why Miller is more than just a listening experience.

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Commentary
2:42 am
Fri March 16, 2007

Commentary: A New Series of Coins Honoring our First Ladies

Dr. Joe Fuhrmann

Murray, KY – We all know the US coins feature heads of famous presidents, but Dr. Joe Fuhrmann says we might see coins featuring the heads of our first ladies.

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Environment
11:20 pm
Thu March 15, 2007

Commentary - Energy Independence Isn't Enough

Murray, KY – We rely on the use of energy to fit the demands of our global economy. But Mark Donham says our current goals for energy conservation may not be enough to protect our environment and ourselves.

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Culture
4:19 am
Fri March 9, 2007

Von Freeman and the Definition of Celebrity

Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – Earl Lavon Freeman, one of Chicago's most influential Jazz elders, has been playing tenor saxophone since the 1930s. Dr. Brian Clardy talks about why Von Freeman defines the meaning of celebrity.

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