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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Update: We have updated a portion of this story to detail enrollment issues. Overall enrollment was down this past academic year, however there was an increase in new freshmen and transfer enrollment.  We had previously reported the decline involved the new academic standards, however the decline is due to a variety of factors listed below and enrollment under the new academic standards has increased. We apologize for the error and any confusion.

Murray State’s president said the university is “in good shape” as performance funding goes into effect next academic year. Bob Davies outlined parameters in a ‘university update’ Thursday afternoon that include increasing the number of Bachelor’s degrees earned, an emphasis on STEM+H degrees and greater focus on low-income and minority students among other factors.

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U.S. Congressman James Comer says he is "proud to stand with President Trump" in supporting the Republican crafted healthcare bill that passed the House on Thursday. The American Health Care Act narrowly passed the House and heads to the Senate. 

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The University of Tennessee at Martin is extending their search for provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. 

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Tennessee Valley Authority representatives Scott Brooks, Charles Chappell and Nick Morris* recently stopped by Sounds Good to speak with Matt Markgraf as part of their 'River Tour' to discuss how TVA is managing water levels after recent rainfall, TVA's economic impact and a social media photo contest.

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U.S. Congressman James Comer is resuming town hall meetings in Kentucky’s First District this month.

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Kentucky State Police are seeking public assistance in the death of a woman found dead in Trigg County. 

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Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Hal Heiner outlined his vision for broad education reform in the commonwealth, including providing at least some form of post-secondary education for everyone, improving outdated area technology centers, reconsidering the traditional school day and investing in career counseling. 

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Members of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet have been touring far west Kentucky to discuss incorporating apprenticeship programs in schools and economic development opportunities in the IT and telecommunications fields. Matt Markgraf recently spoke with Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes and Communications Director Jarrad Hensley about these efforts ahead of a meeting at Murray State University. 

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Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Hal Heiner is speaking about education policy at Murray State University this afternoon. 

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Update: Webster County Emergency Management said in a release on Facebook that the county sheriff's department has apprehended William Woodring, who faces new charges. 

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