Matt Markgraf

News Director, Host of Weekend Energy

Matt "McG" Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He has a bachelor's degree in Theatre and a master's degree in Creative Writing from Murray State University. At WKMS, he's led the management of the web site, online streaming and social media platforms. He's also developed promotional and marketing materials over the years. Matt hosts the electronic music show Weekend Energy Saturday nights and formerly coordinated and hosted the classical music program Carson Myre Youth Series. He produces an assortment of interviews for Sounds Good and has led initiatives in the Youth Radio Project. He also enjoys cooking international cuisine, discovering new music and obscure science fiction movies.

In March 2011, he was hired full-time as New Media & Promotions Coordinator. In March 2016, he was named Interim News Director.

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3rd Update: This incident was determined to be a false alarm.  

2nd Update: Murray State Police have issued an alert that the subject has been identified and located. Resume normal activities.

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The age cutoff for kindergarten in Kentucky is moving up two months next year.

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Absentee voting is under way in Kentucky for the November 8th general election.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says nearly 20,000 Kentuckians have registered to vote for the first time since the online portal launched earlier this year. The voter registration deadline is October 11.

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Visitors to downtown Paris, Tennessee can now use an app on their mobile device to find shopping and dining, find events or go on an audio-assisted walking tour.

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Approximately 7,000 Kentuckians on Baptist Health Plan will have to find a new insurance provider next year. The state’s fourth-largest insurer said in a letter to state officials they will no longer sell individual policies in the commonwealth. 

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"Should We Raise the Minimum Wage?" is the title of a debate at Murray State University on October 4 at 6 p.m. in the Curris Center small ballroom. The event is sponsored by the conservative nonprofit organization Institute for Humane Studies. University of Kentucky economics professor John Garen will speak against raising the minimum wage. Georgia State University economics professor Bruce Kaufman will speak in favor of raising the minimum wage. Matt Markgraf speaks with Murray State University Professor of Economics Martin Milkman about this contentious issue and what minimum wage looks like in Kentucky.

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Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo has appointed a group of legislators to combat child abuse. The House Task Force on Child Abuse and Exploitation Prevention will examine and propose legislation designed to protect children. 

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An international uniform manufacturing and rental company is adding 25 jobs as part of a $12 million expansion in Owensboro.

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The U.S. Department of Energy has extended the contract for cleanup efforts at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. The contract for BWXT Conversion Services was set to expire Friday. 

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Public lands for hunting in Kentucky have increased by more than 4,600 acres. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife said Wednesday they have opened six new properties, including two in western Kentucky.