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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A Mayfield teenager has died from injuries following a three-vehicle collision last weekend. 

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Update August 31: Chamberlain was released from Deaconess Hospital. He has been taken into custody. He is charged with a Class D Felony for wanton endangerment of a police officer and misdemeanors for falsely reporting an incident and possession of marijuana. He is lodged in the Graves County Jail. 

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Friday Mid-Morning Update:

Remnants of Harvey continue eastward on Friday. Moderate to heavy rains should end by Friday evening. No severe weather is expected, however a flash flood watch and a lake wind advisory remain in effect until 7. Winds around 20 miles per hour, with gusts up to 40 remain a concern. Avoid flooded areas.

City of Paducah

The City of Paducah is asking residents to send storm water data as remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey come through the area this week. 

Foundation For a Healthy Kentucky via Facebook

With Kentucky struggling with health issues from lung cancer to opioid addiction, the president and CEO of Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky payed a visit to the Purchase Area early this week to discuss regional wellness. Matt Markgraf speaks with former Democratic Congressman Ben Chandler about tobacco, opioids, health accessibility and politics.

Dr. Bob Davies, Murray State University

Another academic year at Murray State University is underway. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with President Bob Davies about his outlook for the semester and the freshmen class, enrollment numbers, how university presidents are addressing the public pension issue, infrastructure needs and health services.

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The Rotary Club of Murray is collecting monetary donations to help flood victims in Texas. 

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Kentucky Transportation Cabinet engineers say the biggest traffic surprise during the total solar eclipse was the immediate surge of outbound traffic after the eclipse ended. 

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Two 20-person Kentucky interagency fire crews are heading to hurricane stricken areas of Texas to help in recovery efforts. 

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Kentucky House lawmakers held a private meeting on Tuesday to discuss the state's troubled pension system.