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

Feral Cat Day

Oct 15, 2007
Dr. Renae Duncan

Murray, KY – Be good to our feline friends today. It's National Feral Cat Day. For over 15 years, The Alley Cat Allies have been dedicated to advocating non-lethal and ethical feline population control. Doctor Renae Duncan explains the process of "Trap-Neuter-Return" and how you can get involved.

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Kelley Johnson

Oct 12, 2007

Destin Diary Day 1

Oct 12, 2007
Dr. Duane Bolin

Murray, KY – Commenatator Duane Bolin takes us back to the summer time in the first part of his series, colorfully reflecting on his summer vacation in Destin, Florida.

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"Syn Fuel" Again

Oct 2, 2007

Murray, KY – As gas prices meander higher and higher, the economic demand for alternative fuel sources rise. Commentator Scott Vander Ploeg has looked at the new clean coal technology of liquid coal, and finds it not only dirty, but sinful.

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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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Dr. Brian Clardy

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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www.pets4you.com

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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