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

Ways To Connect

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Human Resources professionals and business managers across the region are invited to the annual networking conference hosted by the Four Rivers Society for Human Resource Managers August 28 in Paducah. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Teri Ray, Lecturer in The Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business at Murray State about the event, about why networking is helpful for HR professionals and some tips on working in the field. 

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Paducah has Barbecue on the River, Murray has Freedom Fest, Trigg County has the Ham Festival, so Marshall County is holding its inaugural signature event: The South's Great Lake Fish Festival, on September 19. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Elena Blevins, Marketing Director of the Kentucky Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau about partnering with FLW for this day of food, fishing and family fun, and more about the community branding campaign.

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Nine-banded armadillos can be found in Land Between the Lakes, eating pesky insects like yellowjackets, wasps and ants (and some plants, too). On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Woodlands Nature Station Lead Naturalist John Pollpeter to learn more facts about the leathery little mammal, including a unique reproductive trait, what happens if you scare one and whether or not you can get leprosy if you eat one.

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We're pleased to present another season of broadcasts of the Paducah Symphony Orchestra on WKMS and WKMS All-Classical. We'll air the program a week after each live performance from The Carson Center in Paducah. Hear conversations with the symphony's Executive Director Daniel Sene and Maestro Raffaeli Ponti on Sounds Good before the performances. 

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The Paducah Symphony Orchestra's 2015/16 season is a "biggie," featuring soloists pianist Fabio Bidini and violinist Gary Levinson. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Executive Director Daniel Sene about the season that "stretches the boundaries" with 'gargantuan' musical pieces like Mahler's 1st Symphony, Beethoven's 9th (Ode To Joy), the familiar tunes of Brahms' 2nd Piano Concerto and anchored by the popular 'A Christmas Celebration.'

Tomato Art Fest, Facebook

This Friday and Saturday, East Nashville's Five Points neighborhood anticipates tens of thousands of visitors for the Tomato Art Fest founded by Meg and Bret MacFadyn, owners of the Art and Invention Gallery. The neighborhood pitched in to grow the event, touted by the Oxford American and Southern Living as one of the "five things you need to know in the South right now." On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Meg MacFadyn about the festival celebrating all things tomato, the concert Friday night and area art vendors.

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WKCTC's Inland Logistics and Marine Institute is funded by a portion of a $23.8 million dollar grant through the US Labor Department Trade Adjustments and Assistance Community College and Career Training Program, to start and grow their program and improve online content in an effort to provide training for high-skilled, high-wage positions. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with the program's director Troy Courtney about the program and the open house on August 10.

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David Weatherly is a Renaissance Man and we've been lucky to have him at WKMS for the better part of 20 years. When you listen to House Blend you can tell he is a music lover - jazz, rock, funk, 80s pop, movie soundtracks and legacy artists. He has an analytical ear and simply loves good music! 

David's final broadcast of House Blend will be Friday, August 14. We'll make an announcement about the next program to take over the Friday 9-11 p.m. slot very soon. 

A pathway can lead just about anywhere so who knows where we might end up. The journey is the thing! An episode of Classical Pathways with host George Eldred can take us through time musically from sunrise to night. Other examples might be music from a given locale, perhaps a musical “cruise” calling at many ports, or a “genealogy” looking at composers and those who studied under them. 

Hear Classical Pathways on the WKMS All-Classical Channel Sundays at 9 a.m., Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and Saturdays at 6 p.m.

Western Kentucky Botanical Garden, Facebook

The Western Kentucky Botanical Garden in Owensboro wraps up the summer with Balloons Over The Garden, the last weekend of August. Originally part of the Dazzling Daylillies Festival last June, the event was rescheduled due to weather. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Rob Blackham, Vice President of the Western Kentucky Botanical Garden Board and engineer involved with "Balloons Over The Garden" about how one can cross 'riding in a hot air balloon' off their bucket list and whether or not 'selfie sticks' are allowed on the ride.

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