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 -

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2010

2nd Place - Best Website -

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2009

2nd Place - Best Website -

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2008

2nd Place - Best Website -

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Matt Markgraf, WKMS, courtesy of Pogue Library

During the second world war, the fledgling Murray State Teacher's College, like many schools during this time, was at risk of closing due to low attendance had it not been for the efforts of the administration to open up the campus as a Navy Pre-Flight Training School. Murray State's Pogue Library has a meticulously kept collection of documents from this time period, so as we think of our veterans this week, Matt Markgraf stopped by the library to speak with Sarah Hopley, Special Collections & Exhibits Librarian, about how this training school "saved" Murray State, beginning with some historical context.

Wherever friends and families gather, they tell stories. And as we prepare to come together for the holidays, WKMS marks this custom on the Friday after Thanksgiving with Preserving Our Voices, a program of remarkable true stories told by loved ones to loved ones. Leading up to the debut our new special on November 17 at Noon, we listen back to some past stories on Sounds Good. Here's the schedule:

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The third week of November is Global Entrepreneurship Week and for the second year in Hopkinsville, the Kentucky Innovation Network Office at Murray State University is hosting an Entrepreneur Resource Fair, featuring workshops for those seeking to start a business or help growing an existing business. Loretta Daniel, Director of the regional office stops by Sounds Good to speak with Tracy Ross about the entrepreneurial climate in western Kentucky and the workshops on November 17.

This Saturday night, the Paducah Symphony Orchestra gives the third performance of their season, Mahler's 1st Symphony, at The Carson Center. on Sounds Good, George Eldred speaks with artistic director and conductor Raffaele Ponti about the concert beginning with a tribute to his father through the work by Mascagni, followed by special vocals in Debussy, then a work filled with the sounds of nature by Mahler.

Here's a preview of our featured guests on Sounds Good next week, November 9 through 13. Hear the music and community conversation program weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The schedule may be subject to change.

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As an ongoing series, we invite individuals who make up Murray State University's diverse body of international students to share some background into their native country, cultural traditions and experiences here at MSU. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Hanh Dinh, a graduate student from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, now in her second semester at MSU, working towards a Master's degree in the TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language). They discuss Vietnamese water puppetry, approaches to teaching English and how her country has changed over the past 40 years.

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Baptist Health Paducah is holding a vigil called "Shine a Light on Lung Cancer" tomorrow at 5 p.m. in the Larry Barton Atrium as a way to remember those who are struggling with lung cancer and those who have lost loved ones to the disease. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Dr. Nicholas Lopez, a cardiothoracic surgeon at Baptist Health Paducah, about lung cancer in our region, ways to prevent and manage the risks, and understanding what the treatment process is like.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray State University's Symphonic Wind Ensemble is the second to perform new work, "Symphony no. 2 - La Commedia" by Boston composer Brett Abigaña, based on Dante's Divine Comedy. The concert is tomorrow night (Nov. 5) at 7:30 p.m. in Lovett Auditorium. On Sounds Good, Austin Carter speaks with Abigaña and Director of Bands Dennis Johnson about how the work is crafted so as to avoid the stereotypes of Inferno, Purgatory and Paradise, while pushing the boundaries for a contemporary audience. 

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Mindfulness is an emerging area in psychology with the potential to be useful in our everyday lives, says Dr. Michael Bordieri of Murray State's Department of Psychology. It's not a new psychological discovery, but has been a part of spiritual practices of Buddhism and eastern religion traditions for a millennia. Within the past 30 years or so, western medicine and psychology has taken interested in the practice of mindfulness as a way of paying attention to one's thoughts. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Dr. Bordieri about understanding mindfulness and ways to practice it in everyday life.

The Kentucky Arts Council is getting ready for a big creative industry summit in Owensboro on November 12 and 13, featuring national, state and local experts discussing the creative industry in the arts and related topics. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Emily Moses, Creative Industry Manager, about workshops for both community organizations and individual artists seeking to establish or expand place making initiatives across the Commonwealth.