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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Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews are removing illegal signs on state-right-of-ways in west Kentucky.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Barkley Regional Airport in Paducah is moving its afternoon departure and arrival times two hours later beginning Thursday. 

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2nd Update: Highways and streets around the site are opening back up, according to the KYTC. The area around the Little General Convenience Store is blocked off as emergency personnel continue to monitor the situation. Personnel have contained the gas leak.

Update: The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says local response agencies have closed additional highways and streets around the site of a gas leak on fire near Hickman. See below:

Paducah Police arrested a man Thursday morning after he threatened to blow up a building at West Kentucky Community and Technical College. 

Hopkins County KY Sheriff's Office via Facebook

The Hopkins County Sheriff's Office is seeking information pertaining to a possible bank robbery on Wednesday in Mortons Gap.

Update: Paducah Police have arrested a convicted felon who said he accidentally shot himself in the leg last night in a shopping mall parking lot. 

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A Murray ear, nose and throat doctor has agreed to pay $2,791,758 to settle false claims allegations.

Nicole Erwin / WKMS

Marshall County High School, where two students were killed in a shooting last month, has begun using metal detectors as an added security precaution.

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The Kentucky State Police released on Tuesday details of the deadly multi-vehicle crash that shutdown a portion of I-24 on Monday

National Weather Service Paducah,

Wednesday Morning:

The National Weather Service in Paducah says freezing rain and drizzle will continue across west Kentucky early Wednesday morning as a winter weather system moves out of the region. Light snow and freezing drizzle continues in southeast Illinois and southwest Indiana.