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 and formally became News Director later that year. 

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Nicole Erwin / WKMS

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced in Paducah on Wednesday more than $19 million for repairs and upgrades to the city's floodwall system. 

Larry Elkins via Facebook

Calloway County Judge Executive Larry Elkins said he hasn't made up his mind whether to run for a sixth term in 2018.

www.sos.ky.gov

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says there is no evidence of a cyberattack against Kentucky’s election systems. Department of Homeland Security officials told Senators on Wednesday that 21 states were targets of Russian hacking attempts in the 2016 election.

ROB CANNING, WKMS

Calloway County’s Judge Executive says he is hoping to put an end to matters involving the local library board with the appointment of two individuals. Judge Larry Elkins and the board have had a prolonged dispute over a proposed library expansion and other financial issues.

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The McCracken County Sheriff’s Department is warning people of phone scams in which the caller is pretending to be a member of local law enforcement to extort money. 

Google Maps, via WFPL News

Ford Motor Company is investing $900 million in upgrades to their truck plant in Louisville.

Espenak at Goddard, via mreclipse.com

"Mr. Eclipse" is coming to Hopkinsville Community College this week to give a presentation about the rare total solar eclipse on August 21. 

via COMER.HOUSE.GOV, CROPPED

U.S. Congressman James Comer says he is "disappointed" in President Donald Trump's new restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba. But, he said he is encouraged to see American agriculture as a priority for future U.S-Cuba engagement. 

Courtesy of The Republican Party of Kentucky

The Republican Party of Kentucky has named Sarah Pickerel as new Executive Director. 

Peter Griffin, publicdomainpictures.net

Governor Matt Bevin met with President Donald Trump and other governors and federal officials at the White House on Thursday to discuss workforce development.

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