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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WKMS Press Releases
10:29 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Sounds Good Week Ahead: March 30 - April 3

Here's a rundown of our featured guests this week on Sounds Good:

Monday, March 30 

Murray State's Director of Governmental Relations Jordan Smith is with Kate Lochte to talk about the Legislative Research Commission's 2016 Legislative Intern Program for qualified college students.

Murray State's Muslim Student Organization offers an all-day Islamic Culture experience in the Curris Center Dance Lounge tomorrow and Kate Lochte learns about it from Murray  Political Science faculty Dr. Ihsan Alkhatib. 

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Education
5:33 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

MSU Professor Takes Students Aboard Aircraft Carriers to Research Sound Exposure

Dr. Gary Morris at WKMS

Noise-inducing hearing loss is a serious health threat to Navy personnel, that costs the Department of Veterans Affairs over $100 million dollars each year. Dr. Gary Morris, chair of the Department of Occupational Safety and Health in the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology at Murray State University researches hearing loss in the Navy with his students and joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to talk about his work as part of our Racer Scholar Profiles series, which highlights MSU faculty research, scholarly and creative activities across colleges and schools.

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Environment
4:07 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Calloway Co. Humane Society Holds "Easter Bone Hunt" This Weekend

Kathy Hodge on Sounds Good
Credit Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Now that Spring is in the air (for the most part), it's time to let your pets shake off some of that winter 'cabin fever.' The Humane Society of Calloway County Executive Director Kathy Hodge visits Sounds Good to talk with Kate Lochte about its Easter Bone Hunt Saturday afternoon at the Central Park Courthouse Pavilion, featuring an Easter bonnet parade, photos with the Easter Bunny, paw paintings, microchipping and more dog activities that you can shake (or throw) a stick at.

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Culture
3:58 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

'Orphan Train' Author Visits WKCTC for "One Book, One Campus, One Community Read"

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New York Times and USA today best-selling author Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train, visits West Kentucky Community and Technical College as the finale to the college's 2015 One Book, One Campus, One Community Read. Although the book is set in the 75 year period between 1854 and 1929, when an estimated quarter of a million abandoned and homeless children were placed with families through the United States and Canada during the "Orphan Train Movement," Kate Lochte asks the author if she sees parallels today.

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Arts
11:32 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Exclusive WKMS Offer: 10% Off Garrison Keillor Tickets for this Thursday!

Garrison Keillor headshot
Credit thecarsoncenter.org

If you haven't gotten your tickets yet for Garrison Keillor live at the Carson Center April 2 at 7:30 pm, don't put it off any longer! We have an exclusive last minute deal for WKMS listeners. 

If you call the Carson Center box office at 270-450-4444 and mention WKMS, you'll get 10% off any tickets bought this week. 

Garrison Keillor Comes to the Carson Center This Thursday!  

A Prairie Home Companion's Garrison Keillor comes to The Carson Center in downtown Paducah on April 2 at 7:30 p.m.! Mr. Keillor's iconic storytelling style shines in this one man show blending humor and insight heard by public radio audiences for decades.

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Arts
11:18 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Battle of the Bands 2015: Congratulations BIG ATOMIC!

Big Atomic

Updated March 27: Congratulations BIG ATOMIC!

What a great night at Maiden Alley Cinema. Four incredible sets by finalists: Big Atomic, Red Ember, The Drunken Poets and Leonard the Band. The votes were close, but Big Atomic pulled ahead for the win. Thank you to everyone who came out to the finals, to everyone who voted in the semi-finals, to the bands who participated, to Maiden Alley Cinema and MSU Digital Media Services. 

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Science
3:53 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Music & Memory Program Brings 'Joyful Therapy' to Individuals with Alzheimer's and Dementia

Credit Music & Memory, Facebook Page

Haws Memorial Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Fulton is embarking on the use of the program Music & Memory with those suffering with Alzheimer's and dementia. The Center's Jo Ann Roy says that they have about twelve iPods in use with residents and in a month or so they will bring families in to view the documentary about Music & Memory titled "Alive Inside" at the facility. In Murray, Cheri Theatres offers two free viewings of "Alive Inside," winner of the Audience Award at last year's Sundance Film Festival. Kate Lochte speaks with Deborah Ferris, Regional Program Coordinator for Music & Memory about the organization and how iPods full of music help give patients therapeutic joy.

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Arts
2:51 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Murray Poet Brings High School Yearbook To Life in "64 Blue Letters"

Constance Alexander on Sounds Good
Credit Matt Markgraf, WKMS

'Have a good summer! Love ya! Stay as sweet as you are! Don't ever change!' These are some of the messages that have appeared in high school yearbooks for decades. While much has changed since 1964, much of the fundamental high school experience are more or less the same. Playwright, author, teacher, former business executive Constance Alexander joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to read from her book of poems 64 Blue Letters, recalling a high school yearbook in verse.

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Science
4:11 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Values and Purpose: Finding Meaning in Life

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The data is growing suggesting that finding meaning and value in life can be central to psychological wellbeing, says Dr. Michael Bordieri, Murray State University Assistant Professor of Psychology. He speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about the field's new focus from pathology to positives, the challenge clinicians have of going beyond happiness and how Viktor Frankl pioneered this method of psychological thought.

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Culture
3:00 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

MSU Lecture: "Lift Every Voice and Sing" an Analysis of the 'Black National Anthem'

Dr. Tim Askew
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115 years ago, James Weldon Johnson's lyrics and his brother John Rosamond Johnson's music resulted in the hymn "Lift Every Voice and Sing." Over the years, the song has been called a national anthem for African Americans. Clark Atlanta University's Dr. Tim Askew talks about his new book, Cultural Hegemony and African American Patriotism: An Analysis of the Song, "Lift Every Voice and Sing" at Murray State's Wrather Auditorium Thursday at 4 p.m. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte asks Dr. Askew about how his research led him to what some see as his controversial conclusions.

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