Matt Markgraf

News Director, Host of Weekend Energy

Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director since March 2016 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant.

Matt has led the management of the station's web site, online streaming and social media platforms. He's also developed promotional and marketing materials over the years. He enjoys writing, working with student journalists, traveling around the region, meeting listeners and learning new things every day.

He has a bachelor's degree in Theatre and a master's degree in Creative Writing from Murray State University. 

For more than 10 years, Matt has been the volunteer host of the electronic music program Weekend Energy Saturday nights. In the program, he aims to showcase the genre's soulful and diverse celebration of international culture.

He formerly coordinated and hosted the classical music program Carson Myre Youth Series. Matt has produced an assortment of interviews for Sounds Good and has led initiatives in the Youth Radio Project.

In his free time, he enjoys cooking international cuisine, discovering new music, reading science fiction and has recently taken to recording public domain audiobooks.

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Kentucky State Police are investigating whether the termination of McCracken County Deputy Jailer David Knight violated the Kentucky Whistleblower Act

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Crews are preparing for the explosive demolition of the Old Lake Barkley Bridge on the morning of April 11. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said in a release on Monday the demolition team has begun cutting steel at key locations to weaken the structure. 

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A 35-year-old male inmate in the Weakley County Jail died Monday morning after a seizure. 

Courtesy of Kentucky State Police

April 9 Update: The Kentucky State Police has revealed more details about the incident involving James Decoursey and Phillip Meacham. On March 29, Officer Meacham was off-duty in his personal vehicle and observed another vehicle unlawfully flashing blue lights approaching behind him. This vehicle was being driven by Decoursey. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

In Paducah, on Monday, Baptist Health Paducah Director of Outreach Dr. Patrick Withrow led a community stakeholder forum with Congressman James Comer to discuss the region's needs for how to best allocate the $3.6 billion in the new 'omnibus' spending bill to combat the opioid crisis. Withrow also called for volunteers to help the many community services working in prevention and treatment efforts.

Ryan Hermens, pool photo

Marshall County High School shooting suspect 16-year-old Gabe Parker will continue being tried as an adult.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

U.S. Congressman James Comer says his bill to loosen hemp regulations will likely get more attention in the House now that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell intends to file a companion bill in the Senate.

Courtesy of Megan Meyer

A group of students from west Kentucky took a 17-hour bus ride to Washington D.C. to participate in March For Our Lives, a rally protesting mass shootings and gun violence in schools - and one of many on Saturday around the nation.

March For Our Lives logo

A west Kentucky branch of the national progressive movement 'Indivisible' is leading a delegation of local students to participate the March For Our Lives in Washington D.C. on Saturday. 

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Attorney and former Miss America Erika Harold won the Republican primary for Illinois attorney general. On the Democratic side, former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn conceded to state Senator Kwame Raoul.