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.

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A western Kentucky police chief is behind bars on corruption charges. The Kentucky State Police arrested 41-year-old Morganfield Chief of Police Craig Bolds Thursday in Union County. 

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Paducah’s new ice skating rink has seen more than 3,000 skaters since opening last month. 

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Murray State University’s Board of Regents hold their quarterly meeting Friday. The agenda includes insight into how newly proposed performance funding metrics could affect the university should it pass the state legislature. 

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As we reflect on Pearl Harbor on the 75th anniversary today, much of what we know about that event and World War II is in part due to the work of an historian from western Kentucky. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Murray State University Pogue Library Special Collections curator Sarah Hopley about the library's namesake, Forrest C. Pogue, and his work during and after WWII. He also created the library's oral histories collection, featuring voices from numerous individuals from the region, including many who vividly remember Pearl Harbor and WWII. 

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Join us for our next Sounds Good Live Lunch featuring San Antonio desert rock duo Lonely Horse! They perform live in Studio B at Noon, Friday, December 9.

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Kentucky Chamber of Commerce leaders and local state legislators met with Murray Calloway-County Chamber members and city leaders Friday in the newly opened Marriott Hotel to outline goals for the 2017 legislative session.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Congress will act early next year to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law but will delay the changes as Republicans try to come up with an alternative. 

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Governor Matt Bevin issued an executive order Friday altering the Office of Occupations and Professions to form the Department of Professional Licensing and restructuring four real estate boards to establish a new Kentucky Real Estate Authority.

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Tammy Thompson of McCracken County is the new board secretary to the Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of Regents. 

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Kentucky's first Republican House speaker in nearly 100 years says his biggest job will be managing the expectations of the state's restless GOP leaders - starting with the governor. 

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