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
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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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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