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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Science
4:26 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Understanding Depression: Seasonal Affective Disorder

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The winter months are accompanied by a time of celebrating time together with loved ones, reflecting back on the year and looking forward to the next one, but for some it also comes with changes in mood, often referred to as "seasonal affective disorder." Dr. Michael Bordieri, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Murray State, joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to discuss this type of depressive disorder.

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Business
4:30 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

11 Year Old Entrepreneur Starts Apparel Business in Madisonville

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Anyah Logan is 11 years old. She loves to ride her bike, play with friends and sew for fun. She's also the owner of a tie-dye apparel business in Madisonville and an interactive marketplace online. She wowed the city's 1 Million Cups of Coffee entrepreneur group with a presentation over the summer. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte meets Anyah Logan and her mom Yvonne.

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Business
3:52 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Kentucky Great River Road Invites Travelers to "Come Closer"

The Great River Road National Scenic Byway follows the Mississippi River through ten states, from Minnesota to the Louisiana delta. Along the way, it moves through four Kentucky counties that make up the westernmost portion of the state: Ballard, Carlisle, Hickman and Fulton. In this portion of the road, travelers might see the Wickliffe Mounds, Ft. Jefferson, Columbus-Belmont Park, Dorena Hickman Ferry and other sites. Norma Pruitt is the Executive Director of the Kentucky Great River Region Organization and joins Todd Hatton on Sounds Good to share how this marketing organization came to be and hopes for future tourism.

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WKMS Press Releases
9:55 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Sounds Good Week Ahead: December 15 - 19

Here's who's featured on Sounds Good this week. Please note: Sounds Good is only an hour long each day this week. The second hour will be a variety of holiday specials, as part of our Holidays Sound Good series.

Monday, December 15

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WKMS Press Releases
6:31 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

[UPDATE] 88.9 FM All-Classical Murray Now On Air (Formerly 99.5 FM All-Classical Murray)

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UPDATE: 88.9 FM All-Classical Murray is now installed and on air. Classical listeners in Murray, change your preset!

We are changing frequency 99.5 FM All-Classical Murray to 88.9 FM All-Classical Murray. The changeover will occur soon.

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Arts
2:19 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Maestro Ponti Previews Paducah Symphony's 'A Christmas Celebration'

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It's Paducah Symphony Orchestra's most popular show, selling out four years in a row, "A Christmas Celebration" is this Saturday at 7:30 at the Carson Center in Paducah. Featuring the symphony and chorus, youth and children's choruses, Murray State Concert Choir and Murray Choral Society. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Maestro Raffaele Ponti about the program that starts at 7:30 p.m.

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Society
2:38 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

St. John's in Murray Seeks Volunteers for Warming Center

Reverend Matthew Bradley of St. John's Episcopal Church in Murray visits Sounds Good to explain the need for volunteers, either individuals or groups from civic organizations, for the winter's warming center at the church on West Main. Their goal is to remain open through February.

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Environment
2:04 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

[Slideshow] Puppies Sound Good! Meet Chester

Our monthly feature, "Puppies Sound Good" brings Kathy Hodge from the Humane Society of Calloway County and a puppy (or puppies) available for adoption to our studio in search for a home. Today, we met Chester, a black lab. Hodge says he's about 12 weeks old, but was brought in as a stray so they don't know much about his ancestry. Chester was shy at first (seeing more humans in one room than he had his entire life) but after a few treats, he warmed right up and sat in Todd Hatton's lap during the interview. He seemed very relaxed and laid back. Kathy and Todd Hatton also talk about what's going on at the Humane Society and some advice for those thinking about pets as a Christmas gift.

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Arts
4:17 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Little River Band's Wayne Nelson Preview's Glema Mahr Center Show

Little River Band
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An Evening with Little River Band at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts on campus at Madisonville Community College starts at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday. Little River Band was formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1975. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with bass guitarist and vocalist Wayne Nelson about his being the bridge between the original band and the current lineup that brings new energy and arrangements to the classic hits, like "Reminiscing." 

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Education
3:58 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Murray State Readies New Responsive Website

Coming in January, Murray State's main website will undergo a major change to accommodate mobile users. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte learns more about this overhaul from web manager Charley Allen. She says mobile use has overtaken desktop use this year and it's time for Murray State's site to align with this trend, with a focus on making it easier for prospective students to access information and apply for admission on a mobile device.

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