Matt Markgraf

New Media Promotion Coordinator, Host of Weekend Energy

Matt "McG" Markgraf joined the WKMS News Team in January 2007, while pursuing his bachelor’s degree in theatre at Murray State. Now he's got a master's degree in creative writing and is hard at work on "the next great American novel" - that is - when he’s not designing and updating the web site, producing commentaries and mixing up some Weekend Energy. Matt enjoys all kinds of music, but has a fondness for wicked beats. He’s at the station throughout the day and sometimes late at night working during the informative bliss of BBC World Service. In March 2011, he was named New Media & Promotions Coordinator for WKMS.

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2011

1st Place - Best Website - www.wkms.org

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2010

2nd Place - Best Website - www.wkms.org

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2009

2nd Place - Best Website - www.wkms.org

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2008

2nd Place - Best Website - www.wkms.org

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Arts
4:36 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

LIVE Broadcast from the W.C. Handy Blues Festival

Trampled Under Foot

Tune in for two nights of soulful blues music live from the W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival at Audubon Mill Park in Henderson, the largest free music festival in the nation! We're live Wednesday at 8 PM and Friday at 7 PM.

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Environment
3:14 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

Tornado Watch Tonight, Isolated Severe Showers Possible

Update 6:00 pm:

Main power restored to Murray State campus. We were off the air briefly this afternoon due to storms and on a backup generator shortly thereafter.

Our live broadcast tonight from the Pennington Folk Festival featuring Rhonda Vincent and the Rage is still scheduled to broadcast at 8 pm.

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Arts
10:39 am
Tue June 3, 2014

[UPDATE: Preview on Sounds Good] Live Broadcast from Pennington Folk Fest

UPDATE: Kate Lochte speaks with festival organizer Stacy Menser about the Pennington Folk Festival and the Rhonda Vincent Concert on Sounds Good:

We're broadcasting live from the Pennington Folk Festival!

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Puppies Sound Good
2:40 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Puppies Sound Good: Meet Lil Girl

Today we met Lil Girl, a sprightly 7-week-old border collie/basset hound mix. She was very friendly to everyone who came to greet her at the station, even the mailman! Several remarked on how pretty her paws are. Lil girl is already very well socialized, currently living with a foster family that includes children and other pets. She is also up-to-date on vaccinations and is microchipped. She and her siblings are up for adoption at the Humane Society of Calloway County. Hear the interview from Sounds Good:

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Arts
9:30 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Live Broadcast & More from the LowerTown Arts & Music Festival 2014

Update: Festival Co-Directors Victoria and Michael Terra of Terra Cottage Ceramics in LowerTown have the details on musicians and artists creating the Festival this weekend:

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Arts
3:08 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

NPR Music Webcast: Carnegie Hall Live

Ludovic Morlot will lead the Seattle Symphony in Become Ocean, the Pulitzer Prize-winning piece by John Luther Adams.
Credit Ben VanHouten/Seattle Symphony

We're thrilled to present "Carnegie Hall Live" a special webcast series distributed by WQXR, American Public Media, and NPR Music. Each concert will feature live audio and a live national chatroom. 

Listen to Carnegie Hall Live

Schedule:

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WKMS Giveaway
10:30 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Last Day to Enter. Let's Bring Our Fundraiser To Goal Today!

It’s big. It’s green. And it allows you to grill, bake and smoke all your favorite foods!

It's The Big Green Egg! Anyone who gives between May 1, 2014 until we reach our goal, will be in the drawing (Sustaining Members, you are already included).

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#igiveadime
9:55 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Do You Give A Dime?

Want to be part of the WKMS Spring fundraiser, but can't find a pledge level to fit your budget? How about our new Dime-a-Day new membership? You'll join a club of dedicated members who "give a dime" about WKMS!

And we'll even let you... 

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Culture
1:33 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Swing Into Spring 2014: Listen to the Broadcast

Listen to Swing Into Spring (mp3)  

“Swing into spring” this Friday with Murray State’s three big bands and two jazz combos!

Join us for a live broadcast this Friday at 7:30 or see the concert in person at historic Lovett Auditorium.

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WKMS Fundraiser
11:13 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Together We Can Meet Our Pledge Drive Goal. Contribute Now!

Thank you for visiting our website to learn more about how to contribute. Here’s the urgency: Our Spring fundraiser has passed the $110,000 level and must rise to $130,000 to be complete, for the WKMS budget to work.

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