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. 

Ways to Connect

Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – Finding love in a society seemingly filled with hate can be very difficult. Dr. Brian Clardy talks about how one jazz performer devoted an entire album to love during one of America's most turbulent times.

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Constance Alexander

Murray, KY – The words, "No daughter of mine" are familiar enough to young women who've heard the phrase countless times as they struggle for independence from strict parents. Commentator Constance Alexander remembers hearing it often from her parents... until that one summer.

Click the "Listen" icon above to hear Constance Alexander's commentary. Her new book - Who Needs June Cleaver? - is currently available through Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

Dr. Joe Fuhrmann

Murray, KY – We can identify the American dollar by its famous green coloring, but how identifiable is it for the blind? Dr. Joe Fuhrmann talks about some changes he would like to see.

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Murray, KY – Mulgrew Miller is said to be a leader among contemporary Jazz Pianists. Dr. Brian Clardy, Assistant Professor of History at Murray State, talks about why Miller is more than just a listening experience.

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Murray, KY – We all know the US coins feature heads of famous presidents, but Dr. Joe Fuhrmann says we might see coins featuring the heads of our first ladies.

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Murray, KY – We rely on the use of energy to fit the demands of our global economy. But Mark Donham says our current goals for energy conservation may not be enough to protect our environment and ourselves.

Click the "Listen" icon above to hear Mark Donham's commentary. Donham is a resident of Brookport, Illinois, and is Program Director of Heartwood, a regional environmental organization. .

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Murray, KY – Earl Lavon Freeman, one of Chicago's most influential Jazz elders, has been playing tenor saxophone since the 1930s. Dr. Brian Clardy talks about why Von Freeman defines the meaning of celebrity.

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Murray, KY – Penny, nickel, dime, quarter. We all know what they mean. We all know what they look like, but Dr. Jo Fuhrmann talks about an emerging series of one dollar coins with a new look.

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Murray, KY – Even in a postmodern world such as ours, nothing beats sitting by a warm fire with a good book. Dr. Duane Bolin talks about the pleasures of reading.

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Murray, KY – Coins vary around the world some include the faces of royalty, other simply numbers; U.S. presidents are featured on our coins. Dr. Fuhrmann wonders if this is a good idea.

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