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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Courtesy of Joni Hogancamp's campaign

Paducah area businesswoman Joni Hogancamp has filed to run for the state's 3rd district House seat. 

photo via Kentucky State Police


Kentucky State Police say a preliminary investigation into a boat explosion on the Tennessee River Friday found an explosion resulted in a flash flare and subsequent small fire inside the tug boat.

via KYTCDistrict1 Facebook page

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews in the region are restocking salt and ice fighting chemicals in preparation for a future round of winter weather. 

Rancz Andrei, 123rf Stock Photo

A group of attorneys general for 21 states and the District of Columbia has sued to block the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net-neutrality rules. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray State University's main campus and all regional campus are closed Tuesday due to the winter weather.

National Weather Service Paducah

Monday Evening:

A winter storm warning is now in effect, until 4 a.m. Additional snow accumulation of 2 to 3 inches is expected tonight, on top of the snow today and remaining snow from the storm last week.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The City of Paducah's Human Rights Commission should still be considered the 'first stop' for all complaints of discrimination, under the new ordinance, said Mayor Brandi Harless. 

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 1, via Facebook

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet road crews are treating and plowing roadways across the region Friday and Saturday, as the first big winter storm event of 2018 brings significant amounts of snow and ice. Matt Markgraf speaks with Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd, who urges drivers to slow down.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Former head of the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association Bob Wagoner died Tuesday at the age of 66. 

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A woman and two children are dead following a three-vehicle collision in Southern Illinois Thursday morning.