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.

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Biologists have put tracking collars on each of the 24 elk recently released in West Virginia from Land Between the Lakes. 

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Census estimates show Kentucky's population has grown slightly in the past year. The 2016 Kentucky estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau is 4,436,974 people, amounting to 0.27% or about 12,000 more people than 2015. 

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A major food processing corporation is expanding operations in Henderson County, in a project expected to create 66 jobs. 


A national health nonprofit has selected a West Kentucky Community and Technical College professor to serve as a delegate representing the state. 

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Presidential electors in Kentucky and Tennessee convene in their respective state capitols Monday to cast their official votes for President and Vice President of the United States. 

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is delivering his last public lecture before leaving office at Southern Illinois University Carbondale next week. 

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The Paducah Board of Commissioners has approved an agreement with McCracken County to lease $3 million to repay the city approximately $1.4 million for the costs associated with relocating the Convention Center dome and storage building.

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Morehead State University suspended men's basketball coach Sean Woods has been charged with misdemeanor battery in Indiana.

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Nearly 3,500 former students of an Owensboro-based for-profit college will receive restitution totaling $1.2 million. 

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Kentucky’s top law enforcement officer is calling on the new Republican state legislature to fight the emerging threat of synthetic drug abuse instead of rescuing a failing public pension system.