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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Update Wednesday: Grabinski has been arrested after turning himself in Tuesday night. He is charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, second-degree disorderly conduct, fourth-degree assault and menacing. He was released on a $2,500 dollar bond. 

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On the second night of the Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton became the first woman to receive a nomination from a major party for president.

The moment came at the end of a roll-call vote with Senator and challenger Bernie Sanders requesting the party select the former Secretary of State as their candidate.

Murray State history professor and Kentucky delegate Dr. Brian Clardy is at the DNC in Philadelphia and says the nomination was a powerful moment.    

City of Hopkinsville

A retail development group has acquired 20.5 acres in Hopkinsville for a new shopping center. Thompson Thrift Retail Group says the site at Fort Campbell Boulevard and Lovers’ Lane will be home to the 185,000 square-foot building, named Hopkinsville Towne Center.

Brian Clardy, via Facebook

The first night of the Democratic National Convention was headlined by high profile members of the party from First Lady Michelle Obama, Clinton rival Bernie Sanders and rising stars Senators Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren. But perhaps most notable from last night were the vocal Sanders supporters. Western Kentucky delegate Brian Clardy spoke with Matt Markgraf this morning about his take on Sanders supporters in the Kentucky delegation and last night's speakers.

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Graves County’s Sheriff’s Office is urging people not to fall for a phone scam in which a caller impersonating law enforcement is coercing people into sending him money. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS, Courtesy of Pogue Library

NASA's Apollo 15 mission launched on this day 45 years ago. One of the goals of the mission was to conduct scientific experiments on the moon using the lunar roving vehicle, dubbed the "moon buggy." Western Kentucky native Johny B. Russell was one of the instrumental designers of this vehicle. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Sarah Hopley, Special Collections & Exhibits Librarian for Pogue Library, about Murray State University's impressive collection of his work and achievements.

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The Democratic National Convention is getting underway this week in Philadelphia, where Hillary Clinton is expected to formally accept the party nomination. Murray State history professor Dr. Brian Clardy is a delegate from Calloway County. Matt Markgraf checked in with Clardy this morning from the convention.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet contractors carried out the explosive demolition of the four main spans of the old Eggner’s Ferry Bridge Monday morning.

Courtesy of Bill Bartleman

The Republican National Convention in Cleveland has ended with Donald Trump formally accepting the GOP nomination for president. McCracken County Commissioner and retired Paducah Sun journalist Bill Bartleman was a delegate at the RNC. Matt Markgraf speaks with him about Trump's speech last night and the message he plans to bring back home to western Kentucky voters. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Issues ranging from accessibility to employment emerged as topics of concern Thursday evening in a disability forum in Murray. The Center for Accessible Living hosted an event to give voice to a topic event organizer and Independent Living Advocate John Eads says people just generally aren't aware about. 

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