Matt Markgraf

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 and formally became News Director later that year. 

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An Odd Shelf of Books

Sep 24, 2007

Murray, KY – You know you have a lot of books when you have books about books and a bookshelf for such books. Duane Bolin talks about his odd shelf of books and some other books lovers with notably odd collections.

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In the Waiting Room

Sep 11, 2007

Murray, KY – The American South is known for its sweet tea, hospitality and its distinctive dialects. For Patience Renzulli, who grew up in the north, hearing the southern dialect has always been a charm. On her recent trip to a waiting room in Nashville, Renzulli listened in on some enchanting southern characters.

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Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – Andy Bey is perhaps one of the unsung heroes of jazz singers. His distinct voice and wide range have garnered him a small, but incredibly faithful following. While vocal singer and pianist Shirley Horn may have had more celebrity, often performing at the White House, her talents may have rivaled that of Andy Bey's. As Dr. Brian Clardy explains, ability cannot be defined by popularity.

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Murray, KY – Lets face it; we're a nation obsessed with youthfulness. A search for wrinkle cream on Amazon.com will give you over twelve hundred product results. In an era where age is an option... an option between Botox injections or collagen injections, Patience Renzulli asks, "Where are all the wrinkles?"

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Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – Vocalese is a style of jazz singing in which lyrics are written in place of a composition originally intended for musical instruments. Today, vocalese is popular with fans of artists like Kurt Elling and The Manhattan Transfer, but a jazz trio from the 50s popularized the style. Dr. Brian Clardy tells us why Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross stand out amongst the many sounds of jazz.

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River Walk

Aug 13, 2007
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Murray, KY – The Ohio River is richly embedded in American History; because of its westward flow, it became the convenient means of transportation and food for 18th century settlers traveling from Pennsylvania. At one time it was considered an extension of the Mason Dixon line, it borders 14 states, and has the world record for the catch of the largest blue catfish weighing 104 pounds. Patience Renzulli takes a stroll along the riverfront in Paducah where she has a run-in with one of these monstrous fish.

Strange Fruit

Aug 7, 2007
Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – Protest music has been a popular and important part of American culture since the Revolutionary War. Songs like "God Save the Thirteen States" and "The Liberty Song" expressed a desire for change, and freedom from oppression. The 20th century surged with protest music from the Great Depression to the Vietnam War, but Dr. Brian Clardy tell us a story behind one of the most influential, and controversial protest songs of th 1920s; a song which planted the seeds for the Civil Rights Movement, decades before it came to fruition.

Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – Credited in over Twenty Five Hundred commercials and working with musicians from Duran Duran to Ramsey Lewis Jazz Trumpeter Orbert Davis is considered by many to be the hardest working man in jazz. He's arranged a Fifty-Five piece orchestra and expanded the jazz program at the University of Chicago. Dr. Brian Clardy talks about an inspiring CD by this Forty Four year old jazz maven.

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Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – Since its broadcast in 2001, Ken Burn's documentary miniseries on jazz has garnered mixed reviews by critics. While praised for his inclusion of rare video clips and excellent soundtrack, opposing critics say his premise favors the classical influence in modern jazz, rather than the fusion and free jazz movements. Dr. Brian Clardy talks about a particular example involving Dexter Gordon's album, Homecoming: Live at the Village Vanguard.

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