Matt Markgraf

Interim 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.

Ways to Connect

Sergey Kuzmin, 123rf Stock Photo

Attorney General Andy Beshear has joined a group of 21 states filing a complaint that could secure $3 million for the commonwealth. The dispute is over unclaimed "official checks" issued by MoneyGram sold in Kentucky. 

Henryk Sadura, 123rf Stock Photo

The consequences of Illinois lawmakers' failure to approve a state budget continue to pile up, while neither side in the yearlong political battle appears willing to budge. 

Bill Haslam, via Facebook

In a move that will transform higher education in Tennessee, Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a bill that overhauls the governing boards of some of the state's universities.

Reclaimed & Re-purposed, via Paducah Life

Recent clean up efforts at the Columbia Theatre in downtown Paducah sparked a creative endeavor with local artists. The Paducah Art House Alliance is hosting an exhibit and sale of artwork Thursday night (June 9) created by found objects in the historic space. On Sounds Good, Austin Carter speaks with Darlene Mazzone about "Reclaimed & Repurposed) at the Paducah School of Art & Design, the origins of the idea and some of the work on display and for sale.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

In our monthly "Puppies Sound Good" segment, we met Beasley today, a scruffy and very friendly puppy up for adoption at the Humane Society of Calloway County. Todd Hatton speaks with Executive Director Kathy Hodge about Beasley and upcoming events: paint your pet night and an animal academy day camp for kids. 

International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, iupac.org

Tennessee may soon be honored on the periodic table of elements. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry recommended the names of four recently discovered elements Wednesday that are now only known by numbers. 

Union City Police Department, via Facebook

Union City police responded to a shooting outside a church Wednesday afternoon. Officers found 23-year-old Kierra Lee’Shee Moses inside Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church suffering from at least two gunshot wounds. 

belchonock, 123rf Stock Photo

A Kentucky judge has issued a temporary injunction blocking Governor Matt Bevin's executive order that abolished the Workers Compensation Nominating Commission and recreated a new one. 

explorekentuckylake.com

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans a daytime lane restriction at the east end of US 68/KY 80 Lake Barkley Bridge at Canton in Trigg County Thursday and Friday (June 9 and 10). 

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, transportation.ky.gov

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is providing Crittenden County with Emergency Road Aid Funds to replace a damaged culvert. The $35,000 dollar assistance goes to the county Fiscal Court replacing the ailing stream tunnel on Hurricane Church Road. 

Pages