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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A recent appointee to the University of Louisville board of trustees has declined the position, and Governor Matt Bevin has appointed someone to replace him. 

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Kentucky's state curator says a citizens group is seeking a special military designation for a statue of former Confederate president Jefferson Davis, displayed in Kentucky's Capitol Rotunda. 

Andy Beshear, Matt Bevin, official photos

Governor Matt Bevin says a conflict of interest should bar Attorney General Andy Beshear from suing him. Beshear filed a lawsuit last week challenging Bevin's decision to abolish and replace the board of trustees at the University of Louisville. 

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Governor Matt Bevin signed an executive order Thursday declaring a statewide emergency in response of flooding in portions of western Kentucky. 

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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jim Gray says he has raised nearly $1.1 million for his U.S. Senate campaign in the second quarter. 

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Coal giant Murray Energy says it is not expecting to lay off any of the 4,400 coal miners in six states who recently received notice that they could lose their jobs.

NOAA Paducah, weather.gov

Severe thunderstorm warnings:

  • Todd and Muhlenberg County until 3:30. Line moving northeast at 60 mph

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for our listening area until later tonight.

U.S. Army Fort Campbell Facebook

Fort Campbell soldiers sent overseas for temporary operations could be counted as residents of Hopkinsville and neighboring communities beginning in 2020. 

National Weather Service Paducah, weather.gov

The National Weather Service says the region is under a flash flood watch until 7 this evening. Periods of strong to severe thunderstorms will bring heavy rain tonight as a cold front moves east. Flash flooding is also possible.

National Weather Service Paducah, weather.gov

Sunday Night/Monday Outlook:

Thunderstorms continue this evening, with possible flooding regionwide due to heavy rainfall.  The National Weather Service in Paducah says widespread showers and thunderstorms are expected again Monday. Severe storms are possible, with damaging winds. Locally heavy rainfall is possible into Monday evening. Storms and high temperatures are possible through the rest of the week. 

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