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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Murray State University's Board of Regents are considering options to reform or outsource healthcare and mental health services for students, faculty and staff. The board discussed recommendations from consulting group Hodgkins Beckley on Friday. 

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Democrats have tapped former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to deliver the party's response to President Donald Trump's address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night. 

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A dentist in Mayfield and another resident have been charged on felony counts related to drugs. Dr. Wesley Mills and David Clymer were charged this month with Class D felonies after a months-long investigation. 

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The Murray State University rifle team will compete in a national championship this March. 

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says work on a new bridge near the border of Caldwell and Trigg Counties is set to begin this week. 

The bridge would carry Kentucky 276 / Blackhawk Road across Long Pond Branch near Wallonia. The road has remained closed after heavy rain washed away the culvert. 

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Movie 'prop money' is circulating in the Paducah area.

Paducah Police warn counterfeit $20 bills that appear real but read “Motion Picture Use Only” on the front and back have been turned into the department. 

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Update: The measure passed.  

Paducah’s city commissioners are considering widening a grant program to renovate the upper floors of the city’s downtown buildings. An amendment to the Upper Story Residential Grant Program is set for a vote on February 28.

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Update: The measure passed.  

Paducah’s City Commissioners are set to vote on amending the taxicab ordinance to make it easier for someone with a nonviolent felony to obtain a license. 

Murray-Calloway Chamber of Commerce via Facebook

The Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce recently took a trip with nearly 30 community leaders to Frankfort to discuss state-level issues that could impact the region. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with local chamber president and CEO Aaron Dail about some of the economic development issues that emerged out of the meeting and how to address some of the needs moving forward.

Empty Bowls Project of Paducah, Facebook

Matt Markgraf speaks with Michael Terra about the Empty Bowls Project of Paducah happening February 25.

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