Matt Markgraf

News Director, Host of Weekend Energy

Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director since March 2016 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant.

Matt has led the management of the station's web site, online streaming and social media platforms. He's also developed promotional and marketing materials over the years. He enjoys writing, working with student journalists, traveling around the region, meeting listeners and learning new things every day.

He has a bachelor's degree in Theatre and a master's degree in Creative Writing from Murray State University. 

For more than 10 years, Matt has been the volunteer host of the electronic music program Weekend Energy Saturday nights. In the program, he aims to showcase the genre's soulful and diverse celebration of international culture.

He formerly coordinated and hosted the classical music program Carson Myre Youth Series. Matt has produced an assortment of interviews for Sounds Good and has led initiatives in the Youth Radio Project.

In his free time, he enjoys cooking international cuisine, discovering new music, reading science fiction and has recently taken to recording public domain audiobooks.

Ways to Connect

Murray State University Athletics has announced several hires and promotions to the Football staff. Coach Mitch Stewart promoted three staff members and hired seven, including a graduate assistant. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The League of Women Voters of Hopkinsville-Christian County is hosting a series of primary candidate debates beginning this week. 

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Paducah Police are asking motorists to avoid the area of Hannan Plaza at Lone Oak Road and Alben Barkley Drive for the next several hours due to a gas leak. 


The McCracken County Sheriff's Office is warning of another phone scam involving prepaid money cards.

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A Christian County High School student won first place in her age group in the state 2018 Public Service Recognition Week poster contest. 

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Murray State University's Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management is leaving the Racers for the Mustangs. Fred Dietz is taking the role of Vice President for Enrollment Management at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas.

In this year's legislative session, Kentucky lawmakers raised the cigarette tax by 50 cents per pack to one-dollar ten-cents. While the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky lobbied for a higher tax, CEO and President Ben Chandler called the increase 'historic.' On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Chandler about the tax increase, lung cancer rates, smoke-free ordinances, opioids, hemp and marijuana. 

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The recently enacted payroll tax dominated the Murray mayoral candidate forum Monday night. Other topics included calls for the community to work together, making city council meetings more inclusive and collaborations between the city and the university.  

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The Kentucky State Police has arrested a Murray man in connection with numerous thefts involving the selling of large equipment.

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Murray mayoral candidates are participating in a panel discussion open to the public this evening from 5 to 7 at Murray State University.