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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Society
3:23 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Murray State's LGBT Programming Hosts Coming-of-Age Film 'Pariah'

Tracie Gilbert on Sounds Good
Credit Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The film Pariah is a coming-of-age art drama looking at the life of a young woman in New York City discovering her own identity and the conflicts that arise from race, religion, sexual orientation and adolescent anxiety. Murray State University Minority Teaching Fellow Tracie Gilbert joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to talk about the film and the unique stories it presents that tend to get overlooked, ahead of tonight's 7:30 showing at the Curris Center Theatre.

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WKMS Press Releases
10:16 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Sounds Good Week Ahead: March 9 - 13

Here's the rundown of who's on Sounds Good this week:

Monday, March 9

MSU Minority Teaching Fellow Tracie Gilbert joins us to preview the film "Pariah" showing at the Curris Center Theatre tonight at 7:30.  It's the "coming of age Lesbian" art drama film that won the Excellence in Cinematography Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Mayfield's Ice House Gallery is showing "Scientific America; Photography by Ron Toth," through March 26th.  Toth is a plant sciences professor at Northern Illinois University.  Ice House Interim Director Ric Watson tells us about the show and what else is happening at the Gallery. 

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Sports
12:30 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Neal Bradley Previews the OVC Tournament After Racers Historic Season

Credit Tab Brockman, Murray State Sports Information, goracers.com

With a 24 game winning streak and an undefeated conference slate, Voice of the Racers Neal Bradley says the Murray State Racers Men's Basketball Team has had an amazing transformation from the start of the season: from 2-4 to the point where they may be in the NCAA tournament, to be ranked 25 in the AP poll and 24 in the USA Today poll, to running the table in the OVC, which has never been done in conference play by any Murray State Team is remarkable. Tracy Ross says it's been fun to have these Sounds Good discussions with Bradley because there's been nothing but good news. They recap the last few games, the OVC honors and take a look at what's ahead.

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Culture
3:28 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Guy Raz Previews New Season of TED Radio Hour

Guy Raz, host of TED Radio Hour
Credit Kainaz Amaria

The new season of TED Radio Hour begins this Saturday morning on WKMS. The program, broadcast around the world, brings you TED Talks from experts on a given theme, while host Guy Raz and his guests further explore the subject. Past episodes have ranged from topics like how we love and what we fear to the source of creativity and the end of privacy. Raz and Todd Hatton talk about what's made the show so successful and how the program continues to build on its creative and innovative storytelling.

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WKMS Press Releases
9:59 am
Mon March 2, 2015

This Week on Sounds Good March 2 - 6

Here's a look at our featured guests on Sounds Good this week. 

Monday, March 2

Todd Hatton speaks with TED Radio Hour host Guy Raz about their upcoming season and the reasons for the program's success around the world.

Chad Lampe speaks with Murray State President Dr. Bob Davies about Honors College, performance funding and more.

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WKMS Press Releases
4:28 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

The WKMS FM Classical Trio

Credit iStockPhoto

88.9 Murray, 92.5 Paducah, 105.1 Madisonville

We're not Messiaen around when it comes to classical music. Enjoy more than you can Handel on our trio and streaming online at wkms.org.

Starring the Paducah Symphony Orchestra:

Don't miss the rest of this season:

Hear the March 14th performance of Nielsen's 4th Symphony on March 20. Hear the April 18 performance of Carmina Burana on April 26!

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Arts
3:34 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

[Update: Cancellations] Murray Shakespeare Festival 2015: "Method In Madness"

Patrick Earl as Hamlet in HAMLET
Credit Courtesy of American Shakespeare Center. Photo by Michael Bailey.

Fourth Update: The Friday, March 6 10 AM performance of Hamlet has been canceled. 

Third Update:  Per Dr. Rusty Jones: Thursday's 10 AM performance of Much Ado About Nothing and Thursday's 7 PM performance of Hamlet are canceled. Watch for updates concerning the Friday, 10 AM performance of Hamlet.

Second Update: Per Dr. Rusty Jones: Due to weather concerns, the 5-6:30 PM American Shakespeare Center workshop at Playhouse in the Park has been canceled. The Thursday, 4-5 PM lecture on Hamlet on Film by Dr. Mickey Wadia from Austin Peay is also canceled. Please watch this page for updates on the Thursday, March 5, 10 AM production of Much Ado About Nothing, the Thursday, 7 PM production of Hamlet, and the Friday, March 6, 10 AM production of Hamlet.

Update: Sounds Good conversation with Dr. Rusty Jones and commentary by Dr. Andy Black about the Cinema International film Much Ado About Nothing added to this article.

The American Shakespeare Center of Staunton, Virginia, will grace the Lovett Auditorium stage once again with performances of Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet, March 2-6. Hear "A Minute With Shakespeare" on WKMS weekdays leading up to the performances at 7:19 a.m., 12:19 p.m. and 4:19 p.m.

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Arts
3:26 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

An Evening with Humorist Jeanne Robertson at Glema Mahr Center

Jeanne Robertson
Credit jeannerobertson.com

She's six-feet, two-inches tall, she's in her 7th decade and her humorous down-home stories attract millions of viewers to her YouTube channel with clips like "Don't Send a Man to the Grocery Store." On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte meets former Miss North Carolina storyteller, wife of "Left Brain," Jeanne Robertson, who entertains at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts in Madisonville on March 12.

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Business
2:38 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

MSU Professor: Businesses Have a Social Responsibility to End Human Trafficking

Credit Courtesy of Dr. Katherine Taken Smith

We begin a new series of reports called Racer Scholar Profiles, highlighting Murray State Faculty research, scholarly and creative activities across colleges and schools. Our first guest is Dr. Katherine Taken Smith, who teaches consumer behavior and promotions management in the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business. She published an article on human trafficking and its connection with businesses, what corporations can do to eliminate human trafficking in their supply chains and how consumer behavior can put pressure on businesses to be proactive in curbing the demand for this modern form of slavery. 

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Arts
2:54 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Murray Art Guild Presents "Visual Evidence" and Caregiving Photography

Debi Danielson on Sounds Good
Credit Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray Art Guild hosts their 27th annual exhibition of work by local artists in "Visual Evidence," which opens in conjunction with the Community Art Hop this April. The Guild's Executive Director Debi Danielson stops by Sounds Good to speak with Kate about the competition and about her own exhibit on display March 6 of photography related to the "Art of Caregiving" project organized by Constance Alexander.

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