Matt Markgraf

Interim 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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Kentucky overdose deaths rose 16% in 2015, the first year state lawmakers toughened penalties for traffickers and increased spending on addiction programs. 

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Community members in Murray and Paducah held candlelight vigils last night remembering the victims of the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando over the weekend, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Discovery Park of America

Discovery Park of America is now home to a Titan One Missile. The missile was transported from Huntsville Space Center in Alabama to the Union City museum over the weekend. 

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Kentucky Attorney General soon leads a national committee working to combat the drug epidemic. Andy Beshear will serve as co-chair of the Substance Abuse Committee of the National Association of Attorneys General. 

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Fort Campbell is holding a memorial ceremony later this month to honor a longtime advocate for the U.S. Army who passed away in May. Clarissa Ann Jackson Freeman, known to many as “T.C.” was a lifelong advocate specifically for Fort Campbell soldiers and their families. Freeman was 83. 

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2nd Update: Paducah vigil information added.

In Paducah: 

Paducah residents are holding a candlelight vigil at the riverfront tonight at 8 for the victims of the Orlando shooting over the weekend and to take a stand against hate crimes.  

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A suspicious fire has damaged the new Cracker Barrel under construction in Mayfield. 

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Questions both 'practical' and 'philosophical' began Murray State's Quarterly Board of Regents meeting today, along with a tone of cautious optimism. In passing the budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year, university officials report being in a generally good financial position in terms of preparation for and managing state funding cuts. 

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Moody's Investors Service will review the credit worthiness of seven Illinois universities after downgrading the state's credit to two levels above "junk" status this week. 

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Hopkinsville's annual International Festival is this weekend. The two-day event kicks off Friday with dancing, food, festivities, art and more from cultures around the world, including Mexico, Germany and India. Sangeet Sheth has been a student recruiter for three years. She performs a north Indian classical storytelling dance called 'Kathak' and speaks with Todd Hatton on Sounds Good about the festival. 

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