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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#igiveadime
9:55 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Do You Give A Dime?

Want to be part of the WKMS Spring fundraiser, but can't find a pledge level to fit your budget? How about our new Dime-a-Day new membership? You'll join a club of dedicated members who "give a dime" about WKMS!

And we'll even let you... 

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Culture
1:33 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Swing Into Spring 2014: Listen to the Broadcast

Listen to Swing Into Spring (mp3)  

“Swing into spring” this Friday with Murray State’s three big bands and two jazz combos!

Join us for a live broadcast this Friday at 7:30 or see the concert in person at historic Lovett Auditorium.

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WKMS Fundraiser
11:13 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Together We Can Meet Our Pledge Drive Goal. Contribute Now!

Thank you for visiting our website to learn more about how to contribute. Here’s the urgency: Our Spring fundraiser has passed the $110,000 level and must rise to $130,000 to be complete, for the WKMS budget to work.

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WKMS Profiles
4:38 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

[Slideshow] Why We Give to WKMS

WKMS News Reporter Whitney Jones

There are all kinds of reasons to give to WKMS! WKMS staff and listeners alike each have a special place in their hearts for this public radio station. Our Spring Fundraiser is about to get underway and we want to know why you give? Share your photo with us and your friends on Facebook and Twitter (#givewkms). Be an ambassador for WKMS during this fundraiser and help us reach our goal quickly so we can continue bringing you the shows you love. Share the love for WKMS!

Make your Spring contribution today.

Arts
4:45 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Poetry Minutes 2014: Celebrating Sonnets!

Skylar Swalls

April is National Poetry Month!

Hear Poetry Minutes on WKMS weekdays in April at 7:19 a.m. during Morning Edition, at 11:19 a.m. during Sounds Good and at 4:19 p.m. during All Things Considered.

Celebrating Shakespearean Sonnets

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WKMS Programming
1:53 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

We're Opening the Jazz Vault on WKMS

We're opening the vault... Join us at 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday nights as we share programs from our jazz archives. It could be productions by Todd Hill, Brian Clardy, Andy "Jazzman" Smith, George Eldred, the late-great Colonel Tom Morgan, or an unexpected surprise. Jazz goes local late nights on WKMS with Jazz Vault, classical Cafe Jazz favorites, introduced and produced by George Eldred.

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Ultimate Date Night!
9:23 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Win the WKMS Ultimate Date Night!

Credit Facebook

Is the great news and music you hear on WKMS always on your mind and your radio dial? There’s no better time than now to make your first pledge of support! Not only will you keep programming you love on air, but you’ll be entered to win an Ultimate Date Night package when you pledge before April 3.

The Ultimate Date Night Package 

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Culture
2:49 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

"Irvin Cobb: Back Home" A Documentary

Budding Paducah Evening News reporter Irvin Cobb c. 1895 (seated left front, with poker).

Join us Sunday, March 30 at 9 a.m. for the story of Irvin Cobb: Back Home.

Irvin Cobb's name can be found throughout western Kentucky. It graces a bridge, a resort, a hotel, and a golf tournament. But despite being one of the most famous writers of the early 20th century, not many people know that much about him. This latest Sounds Good documentary hopes to change all that.

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Battle of the Bands Finals
8:30 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Battle of the Bands: Congratulations Gideon's Rifle

Gideon's Rifle plays an encore

UPDATE 3/27: Congratulations Gideon's Rifle! The four finalists performed in a sold-out Maiden Alley Cinema on March 27 for the grand prize. The audience voted at the end of the night and while the votes were close among the bands, Gideon's Rifle celebrated their victory with an encore performance.

See photos from the night on our Facebook page.

They take home the grand prize, a three-day recording session at King Sound Studio including mixing and mastering ($1,200 value) and will perform live in the WKMS studio during Sounds Good (11 am - 1 pm) on Friday, April 4.

We'd like to give a shout-out and a special thanks to all four finalists, Maiden Alley Cinema, King Sound Studio, Paducah Improv, Samuel "Snacks" Hawkins, everyone who purchased a ticket to tonight's show and everyone who voted and participated in this contest. Shall we do it again in the future?

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Puppies Sound Good
11:53 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Puppies Sound Good: Meet Dancer

We met Dancer today, a yellow Labrador retriever mix. Last month, we meet her sister Dasher, who has since been adopted. Dancer is one of three siblings yet to be adopted. Today is her 12-week birthday. Dancer loved getting picked up and petted on by station staff. Her foster mom lives next door to kids who have done a great job socializing the litter. Dancer was a curious pup who had to stop and sniff everything on the way into the studio. Once in the studio, she sat nicely next to Kathy Hodge of the Humane Society of Calloway County. 

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