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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Battle of the Bands Finals
8:30 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Battle of the Bands: Congratulations Gideon's Rifle

Gideon's Rifle plays an encore

UPDATE 3/27: Congratulations Gideon's Rifle! The four finalists performed in a sold-out Maiden Alley Cinema on March 27 for the grand prize. The audience voted at the end of the night and while the votes were close among the bands, Gideon's Rifle celebrated their victory with an encore performance.

See photos from the night on our Facebook page.

They take home the grand prize, a three-day recording session at King Sound Studio including mixing and mastering ($1,200 value) and will perform live in the WKMS studio during Sounds Good (11 am - 1 pm) on Friday, April 4.

We'd like to give a shout-out and a special thanks to all four finalists, Maiden Alley Cinema, King Sound Studio, Paducah Improv, Samuel "Snacks" Hawkins, everyone who purchased a ticket to tonight's show and everyone who voted and participated in this contest. Shall we do it again in the future?

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Puppies Sound Good
11:53 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Puppies Sound Good: Meet Dancer

We met Dancer today, a yellow Labrador retriever mix. Last month, we meet her sister Dasher, who has since been adopted. Dancer is one of three siblings yet to be adopted. Today is her 12-week birthday. Dancer loved getting picked up and petted on by station staff. Her foster mom lives next door to kids who have done a great job socializing the litter. Dancer was a curious pup who had to stop and sniff everything on the way into the studio. Once in the studio, she sat nicely next to Kathy Hodge of the Humane Society of Calloway County. 

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Datebook
11:35 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Datebook: March 5 - Rex Harrison's Birthday

The Hopkinsville International Festival welcomes Majok Nhial Awouk, who recounts his escape from the civil war of Sudan in presentations this Friday afternoon at 4:30 and 7, and Saturday at 1 and 5 in the James E. Bruce Convention Center. More at ifesthopkinsville.com.

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Datebook
9:30 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Datebook: March 4 - Antonio Vivaldi's Birthday

Maiden Alley Cinema features electronic music group JoyCut, performing tomorrow at 7 PM. Paducah and the city of Bologna, Italy, connected through the UNESCO Creative Cities Network to facilitate this international partnership. For tickets, visit maidenalleycinema.com.

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Sports
10:56 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Win Bikes from BikeWorld in Paducah!

You’ve traveled far with WKMS. Now let us take you farther in style!

When you pledge early, you keep our on-air fundraiser short – so you can hear more of the uninterrupted public radio programming you love. And now, as an added bonus, when you pledge before our on-air drive on April 4, you’re automatically entered into the drawing for a pair of bikes from BikeWorld of Paducah (A $1,000 value)!

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Arts
7:00 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Love, Marriage, Jealousy, Revenge... The 2014 Murray Shakespeare Festival!

Fernando Lamberty as Othello and Rick Blunt as Iago in Othello.
Photo by Pat Jarrett

UPDATE: Dr. Rusty Jones braves the snow and ice on Monday, March 3 to come to the WKMS studio for a preview of the festival. Hear his conversation with Tracy Ross in the article below.

Love, marriage, jealousy and revenge are themes featured in this year's Murray Shakespeare Festival, featuring performances of Othello, Henry IV, Part 1 and The Merry Wives of Windsor on Murray State's Lovett Auditorium by the American Shakespeare Center. Tickets to the shows are $7 for MSU students, faculty and staff; $12 for the general public. See the full schedule of performances and special events below.

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Culture
4:03 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

WKMS Listener Reflects on "An Evening with Ira Glass"

We received a very nice letter from WKMS listener Rachel English, reflecting on her visit to Nashville Saturday night (February 15) to see "Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass" at the Ryman Auditorium. Thanks to Rachel for letting us share her letter. We're happy to hear it was a fun and inspiring evening!

Letter from Rachel:

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Arts
7:46 am
Mon February 17, 2014

TICKETS ON SALE: Willie Nelson & Alison Krauss at Murray State

Tickets now on sale:

Click here for ticket information. 

Music legends and Grammy Award winning artists Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss & Union Station Featuring Jerry Douglas will be touring together throughout the spring and summer. 

The tour will mark the first time that Willie Nelson and Family & Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas have shared the stage together. The two groups’ unique personalities combined with impeccable musicianship and decades of award-winning songs are sure to create a show full of unforgettable moments.

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Arts
12:19 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Love Poems Sound Good 2014! Read the Winning Poems

Happy Valentine's Day! What better way to celebrate than to read WKMS love poems? Tracy Ross and Rebecca Feldhaus-Adams read the top 10 poems today during Sounds Good. In addition to hearing their lovely poetry, they also received a box of chocolates from The Chocolate Factory in Paducah. A special thank you, with hugs and kisses, to everyone who sent us a love poem this year! Will you be in the Top Ten in our Love Poems 2015 contest?

2014 Love Poems Top 10:

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Puppies Sound Good
11:54 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Puppies Sound Good: Meet Dancer

Each month, we meet a featured puppy up for adoption at the Humane Society of Calloway County. This month, we met Dancer, a beautiful 7-week-old puppy who, along with her brothers and sisters, was born on Christmas Day. Dancer was a bit nervous when she first arrived, since this was her first time being a big girl, away from her litter mates. But she quickly warmed up to everyone here at WKMS giving puppy smooches and cuddling in everyone's arms. Todd speaks with Kathy Hodge of the Humane Society about the meet-and-greet in Murray State's Curris Center today (Wednesday, February 12) until 1 p.m. They also talk about the doggy day spa coming up.

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