Matt Markgraf

Interim 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.

Ways to Connect

Matt Markgraf, WKMS - courtesy of Pogue Library

Paducah area native J. Polk Brooks found a unique business opportunity in western Kentucky during a time when most of the country was in financial despair. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Sarah Hopley, Special Collections & Exhibits Librarian for Pogue Library at Murray State University, about the special collection telling the story of the rise and fall of the Brooks Bus Line and the people who commuted out of the Great Depression to opportunity in Detroit and back home again.

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Governor Matt Bevin has appointed a new Judge Executive of Webster County. Stephen Henry of Providence replaces James Townsend, who has resigned. 

Jacob Ryan/WFPL

Update Thursday Afternoon: Indiana Governor Mike Pence's office says he is disappointed with the decision. Spokeswoman Kara Brooks said the governor "remains steadfast in his support for the unborn, especially those with disabilities." 

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Republican Tennessee lawmakers are making the case for a more limited approach to Medicaid expansion than the one proposed by Governor Bill Haslam. Haslam’s plan is called ‘Insure Tennessee.’ 

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Trigg and Webster Counties are among six in the commonwealth to receive grant funding for fixing county roads.

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Antecedent behavior consequences (or the ABCs) of behavior analysis take a simple approach to understanding human behavior, unlike more complicated models seen in cognitive psychology. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Murray State psychology professor Dr. Michael Bordieri about methods of incentivizing behavior in ways that help us all.

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New Tennessee laws go into effect Friday. Consumers will be able to purchase wine in supermarkets. Public college and university professors and staff can arm themselves on campus. And drivers will be subject to strict penalties for texting on the road. 

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The University of Louisville has ten new trustees. Governor Matt Bevin disbanded the previous board less than two weeks ago amid turmoil over embattled president James Ramsey.

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Kentucky's attorney general and state auditor will no longer be able to nominate members of the Executive Branch Ethics Commission under a new executive order from Governor Matt Bevin. 

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A Paducah utility is returning $2.1 million to its customers. 

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