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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Illinois Democrat Tammy Duckworth is promising to fight for the middle class and recalling her own victories over adversity as she becomes the second woman to represent the Prairie State in the U.S. Senate.

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Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says the state’s voter turnout was approximately 59 percent.

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Final Update: The state Election Fraud Hotline received 216 calls from 59 counties on Election Day. Attorney General Andy Beshear says most of the calls include procedural and legal questions, identification, electioneering and poll disruption.

J. Tyler Franklin/WFPL News, Rand Paul Official Photo

Soon after polls closed in the Central time zone, NPR, the Associated Press and several other media outlets report Donald Trump and Rand Paul winning Kentucky. Both candidates were projected to win in the 'safe/likely' Republican state.

Courtesy of Josh Preston

Join us for our next Sounds Good Live Lunch Friday (11/11) at Noon featuring Nashville singer/guitarist Josh Preston and his band. Preston spent years playing in several Nashville groups and immersed himself in Music City's unique blend of rock, pop, funk, blues and Americana. His self-titled release is an honest reflection on both his social status and the status quo.

Rand Paul U.S. Senate Campaign, via news release

Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul made an election eve stop in Paducah, as part of his 'Defend Kentucky' tour. Paul spoke at Midwest Aviation, Inc. Democratic challenger Jim Gray joined former Governor Steve Beshear at the Democratic Headquarters in Hopkinsville as part of his 'Kentucky First Always Tour.'

U.S. Army Fort Campbell Facebook

Three Fort Campbell Soldiers supporting Operation Inherent Resolve were killed in Jordan.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday morning at 2 a.m. Remember to set your clocks BACK one hour before going to bed Saturday night. This is the one where we gain an hour of sleep. Also, remember to change the batteries in your home smoke detectors.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, transportation.ky.gov

Lane restrictions along U.S. 45 and Kentucky Avenue in Paducah are expected to continue for two more weeks.

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Candidates for Kentucky's State House 5th District outline their differences in a range of issues in conversations with Matt Markgraf on WKMS Sounds Good. Republican incumbent Kenny Imes and Democratic challenger David Ramey discuss the relationship between the state and higher education, regulations on businesses, minimum wage, second amendment rights and other issues they feel strongly about. The Kentucky State House of Representatives 5th District covers Calloway County and part of Trigg County.

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