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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Culture
2:57 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Celebrate the Season with "Dickens of a Christmas" in Downtown Paducah

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Downtown Paducah transforms into a magical atmosphere in "Dickens of a Christmas" on November 29, as part of Small Business Saturday. Paducah Main Street Director Melinda Winchester joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good with a preview of the day, featuring carriage rides, dancers, s'mores by the fire and more.

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Culture
2:31 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Understanding Traditional African American Burial Practices & The Memorial in Cadiz

African American Memorial at East End Cemetery in Cadiz
Credit Leida Underhill, Main Street Manager, Cadiz

Cadiz City Council authorized Cadiz Renaissance to pursue plants to upgrade East End Cemetery. Mayor Lyn Bailey formed a committee whose work culminates in this Saturday's unveiling of a monument to African-Americans buried there without markers. MSU Archeology Students led by Professor Dr. Anthony Ortmann assisted with ground-penetrating radar. John L. Street Library's Kim Fortman identified the names of at least 45 African Americans listed, but officials estimate there being as many as 200 unknown graves. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Dr. Steve Jones about traditional African American burial practices.

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Society
3:45 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Next Week is Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week in Calloway County

Kim Mason and Dr. Robert Lyons of The Gentry House in Murray

Thanksgiving is around the corner and is a time to reflect on good fortune, friends and family. Some good fortunes can be taken for granted: a roof over your head, food in the refrigerator, a job that pays a fair wage. The Gentry House in Murray helps homeless families with children who may have suffered from domestic violence or lost jobs. It's a transitional shelter where people can stay for up to 90 days. During this time, they'll get help finding a job, pursuing educational routes and permanent housing.

On Sounds Good, we speak with Gentry House director Kim Mason, and the president of its board of directors, Dr. Robert Lyons of Murray State's College of Education and Health Services.

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Puppies Sound Good
2:58 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

[Slideshow] Puppies Sound Good: Meet Howie

Today on Sounds Good we met Howie, a fluffy golden retriever mix puppy, available for adoption at the Humane Society of Calloway County. Howie is mostly black, with white paws and a white chest. He was very cuddly and playful at WKMS, and one of the more relaxed puppies to visit the station. When the conversation began, Howie gave Todd Hatton puppy kisses and fell asleep next to his seat. Humane Society's Kathy Hodge says that's the kind of puppy he is. They also discuss upcoming events and activities for pets and their owners.

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Good Reads
12:12 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Paducah Author Collects Recipes from Kentucky & Tennessee Celebrities for Nonprofits

Credit Amazon.com

Paducah author Pamela Whinnery has collected recipes from Tennessee and Kentucky celebrities and published them in two cookbooks. On Sounds Good, she explains how she went about collecting the recipes from Academy award winners, to well-known musicians, to Olympic medalists. Whinnery splits the proceeds of sales of the cookbooks with non-profits, large and small and previews the event Monday at WKCTC.

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Society
10:51 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Death Row Exoneree Speaks at Murray State

Kirk Bloodsworth
Credit aclu-ky.org

Amnesty International at Murray State University hosts death row exoneree Kirk Bloodsworth Friday night at 6 in MSU's Freed Curd Auditorium. Bloodsworth is the first person in the United States exonerated from death row by DNA testing. The lecture is open to all. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Kirk Bloodsworth about the circumstances of his exoneration.

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Arts
12:26 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

MSU Jazz Orchestra Previews Midwest Clinic Concert Tonight in Lovett

Dr. Todd Hill on Sounds Good

The Midwest Clinic is among the largest instrumental music educators conferences in the world, drawing an international attendance of roughly 17,000. Murray State University's Jazz Orchestra was one of two jazz programs in the country selected to perform at this prestigious event (the other is Sam Houston State University). Director Dr. Todd Hill stops by Sounds Good with a preview of their concert, this December in Chicago, tonight in Lovett Auditorium. 

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Fundraiser
12:09 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Consider a Year-End Gift & Win This Willow Chair

year-end giving promotion

We hope you'll keep WKMS in mind as you plan your charitable year-end giving

All who *participate through December 4 will be entered in a drawing for this hand-made Fanback Willow Chair built by Kentucky Crafted Artist Justin Roberts! (a $450 value)

Click here to make a year-end gift

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Arts
4:24 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

A Preview of Murray State's Holiday Art Auction

Auction postcard, featuring 'Variations on Circles and Squares" by Wayne Bates

Murray State's Department of Art & Design faculty, area artists, alumni and talented students offer their works at an auction to raise money this Friday with the Annual MSU Holiday Art Auction. Kate Lochte speaks with artist, professor and chair of the auction committee, Sarah Gutwirth. 

Arts
3:58 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

MSU's New Furniture Design & Woodworking Professor Showcases Work in Clara Eagle Gallery

from the Sites exhibit, by Sarah Martin

Today is the last day of a two-artist show featuring artworks in wood and photographs in the Clara M. Eagle Gallery. There's a talk by photographer Noah Doely at 4 p.m. with a show-closing reception following. So there are only a few hours left to see the exhibitions. A couple weeks ago, we met Doely on Sounds Good. Today, we meet Murray State's new assistant professor in furniture design and woodworking, Sarah Martin. She and Kate Lochte take a walk through her exhibition, titled "Sites" in the Gallery on the sixth floor of Doyle Fine Arts.

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