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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Good Reads
3:26 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

'American Afterlife' Author on the Oddities of Death, Reads at Murray State

Credit americanafterlifebook.com

Atlanta NPR station WABE's award winning news reporter and author of American Afterlife: Encounters in the Customs of Mourning, Kate Sweeney, visits Murray State University to give a reading tomorrow (Thursday) at 7:30 p.m. in Clara Eagle Gallery. The University of Georgia Press publication is about memorialization of death, both current and historic. Kate Lochte speaks with Sweeney on Sounds Good about the work of creative non-fiction.

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Society
2:47 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

A Preview of Murray's Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Rose Bogal-Allbritten on Sounds Good

As it dawns on you that Thanksgiving's next week, learn more about the Murray Community Dinner on Thanksgiving Day from Reverend Rose Bogal Albritten, who speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about the event, how to volunteer and donation items needed.

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Science
10:54 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Understanding Depression: The Serotonin Hypothesis

Credit iStockPhoto

WEB MD myth busters include this observation: "Depression affects nearly one in six people at some point in their lives, so folk remedies and half-truths about this common illness abound. One such idea: throw yourself into work and you'll feel better. For a mild case of the blues, this may indeed help, but depression is a different animal. Overworking can actually be a sign of clinical depression, especially in men." On Sounds Good, we continue a conversation about understanding depression with Murray State University assistant professor of psychology, Dr. Michael Bordieri, with an exploration of the biology of depression, including the serotonin hypothesis.

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Business
4:59 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

MSU Alumna 'Dishes' on Global Marketing Career Ahead of Campus Lecture

Kristie Helms

A former editor of the Murray State News, Kristie Helms is now engaged in international business as Vice President and Global Head of Promotions and Social Business with the global marketing department at State Street Corporation in Boston. Helms is back in Murray tomorrow as a speaker for the 9th Annual Global Alumni Lecture. Kate Lochte speaks with Helms on Sounds Good about her career and about being a finalist in the Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Debut Fiction for her book Dish it Up, Baby.

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Education
4:26 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Global Alumni Lecture Includes Retired VA Official, 30 Year Career Army Nurse

Lucretia McClenney
Credit va.gov

US Army retired Colonel Lucretia McClenney is among speakers for the Global Alumni Lecture Series from 7 to 9 p.m. this Wednesday in Murray State's Curris Center Theatre. A self-proclaimed "Army Brat" - she was interviewed by the late Dr. Ruth Cole for a nursing scholarship at Murray State in 1968. She speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about her career in the US Army, her work with the US Department of Veterans Affairs and her plans on inviting Murray to become a commemorative partner for honoring Vietnam veterans.

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Education
3:41 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Calloway County Library's Sandy Linn on End of Life Caregiving Panel, Book Discussion

Sandy Linn on Sounds Good

Through a grant from the Kentucky Arts Council, the Calloway County Public Library recently held a forum on The Art of Caregiving, with a panel of health experts on how to make end of life decisions for family members. As a follow-up, the library is hosting a book discussion on Will Schwalbe's The End of Your Life Book Club in January. Kate Lochte speaks with the library's Sandy Linn about the event and the grant on Sounds Good.

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Holiday Programming
10:06 am
Mon November 17, 2014

[Update] Holidays Sound Good on WKMS!

Designed by Jim Bryant, MSU Professor of Graphic Design

Update: Classical Channel specials added, including Carson Myre Holiday Youth Performances. Also, other year-end programs on the main channel.

Here's our list of warm and cozy holiday programming for the season. We 'sound good' from Thanksgiving through New Years with more than 30 hours of music, storytelling, historical reflection, and Paducah Symphony Orchestra's "A Christmas Celebration."

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Sounds Good
9:56 am
Mon November 17, 2014

This Week on Sounds Good: Nov 17 - 21

Here's a look ahead at this week's conversations on Sounds Good:

Monday, November 17:

A 30 year career Army nurse now consults with the VA to commemorate the service of Vietnam Veterans in communities across the nation.  She's Colonel Lucretia McClenney who's back at Murray State for the Global Alumni Lecture Wednesday night - and we meet her on Sounds Good today.  

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Sports
5:43 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Racers Basketball Season Opens Tonight Against Houston

Cameron Payne
Credit Tab Brockman, goracers.com

The Racers Men's Basketball team kicks off their 90th season tonight in a home game against the Houston Cougars at the CFSB Center, their first match against them since 1955. Cameron Payne was recently placed on the watch list for the Bob Cousy Award and Lou Henson Award (Racer Alum Isaiah Canaan had previously made this list). Tracy Ross gets a preview with Voice of the Racers Neal Bradley on Sounds Good.

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Arts
5:24 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Murray Art Guild Features Local Art in Holiday Sale

Credit Murray Art Guild, Facebook

Holiday shopping begins with several local art sales and festivals around the region this weekend. Murray Art Guild's director Debi Danielson joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good because tonight, tomorrow and Sunday the Miller Center on Murray's Courthouse Square features the cornucopia of items available in its annual Holiday Sale, featuring a variety of mediums crafted by local artists.

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