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. 

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Dr. Bob Davies, Murray State University

Murray State University is gearing up for autumn Homecoming celebrations. Matt Markgraf speaks with President Bob Davies on Sounds Good about some of the highlights, planning for proposed pension reform and budgetary pressures, a recent lecture on diversity, health services considerations and faculty accomplishments.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

UPDATE 10/13: Paducah Mayor Brandi Harless and the Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau issued a joint statement on Friday following the announcement that the U.S. will pull out of UNESCO., cropped

U.S. Congressman James Comer says he supports President Donald Trump’s executive order on Thursday intended to expand options for people seeking health insurance. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Carlisle County has partnered with a marketing research consulting firm to study ways to boost economic development and tourism. 

Kentucky State Police

Kentucky State Police Post 1 has a new commander. Captain Daniel White was transferred to the position earlier this month upon the promotion of former commander Janet Barnett. 

Alex Aubuchon, Alabama Public Radio

Update: Authorities have suspended the search for the second of two men after a body was found on a beach near Gulf Shores. Officials haven't yet identified the remains, but had been searching for Bradley Murphy of Mobile.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

A multi-state convenience store operator is renovating and reopening a prominent rest stop in west Kentucky that closed earlier this year. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

About 30 Murray residents gathered at a church Wednesday night for a vigil in response to the Las Vegas massacre. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

U.S. Congressman James Comer will hold a town hall meeting in Mayfield on October 19. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Hearts are broken in the small town of Big Sandy, Tennessee. The rural community is mourning the loss of Sonny Melton. One of their own, he was the first named victim in the Las Vegas massacre, fatally wounded while protecting his wife Heather, who survived. Residents gathered around a gazebo in the town center Monday night to pray for Sonny's family and other victims and to set an example for how communities should respond to tragedy.