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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Environment
2:37 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

WKCTC Hosts 6th Annual Earth Day Celebration, Saturday (Rain or Shine)

Credit event flyer, westkentucky.kctcs.edu

A rain or shine event celebrating Earth Day is on the radar for this weekend. It's the 6th Annual Earth Day Concert in Carson Park in Paducah, and keeping with the environmental "teach-in" feel of the first Earth Day, April 22, 1970, there will be informational displays and concessions available with proceeds supporting the Greater Paducah Sustainability Project. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with West Kentucky Community and Technical College Professor of Philosophy and Sociology David Nickell, who has the day's schedule.

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Arts
2:12 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Paducah Symphony Features Over 300 Voices in "Carmina Burana"

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The Paducah Symphony Orchestra performs a concert headlined by Carol Orff's Carmina Burana with over 300 singers on stage in the Carson Center this Saturday. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Artistic Director and Conductor Raffaele Ponti about the evening.

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Arts
3:06 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Playhouse in the Park Presents Award-Winning Musical RENT

Credit Playhouse in the Park, Facebook

Murray's Playhouse in the Park opens a two week run of the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning musical, RENT this Thursday. Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, RENT deals with mature themes as it follows young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. Joshua Byrn and Brad Brauser speak with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good with a preview of the "Playhouse After Dark" production.

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Education
2:23 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Murray State TSM Hosts 'Security Matters' Conference for Area Small Businesses

Michael Ramage on Sounds Good
Credit Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The issue of cyber security has become increasingly relevant, with recent attacks on Sony, Target and Anthem making headlines over the past few months. Murray State's Center for Telecommunications Systems Management's Patterns of Distinction Security Matters is a one day technology security conference next Thursday, April 23, with a focus on how small businesses can protect themselves from evolving threats. The Center's Associate Director Michael Ramage joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good with a preview.

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Education
3:46 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Share Your School's Patriotic Pride in WOW Contest

Credit Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society, Facebook

Woodmen of the World are the second largest purchaser of American flags after the U.S. government, which they've been donating to community organizations across the country since 1947. As part of their 125th anniversary as an organization, Woodmen of the World hosts a patriotic pride video contest, open to entries from all elementary schools in the nation through April 24. Regional Community Outreach Manager Angela Hatton speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about the contest and the cash awards for the winning videos.

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Environment
7:56 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Experience Sheep Shearing 1850s Style at The Homeplace, Saturday

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The Homeplace 1850's Farm at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area hosts a day dedicated to working with wool Saturday from 10 to 4, and on Sounds Good, Kate Lochte learns about all the hands-on activities, including "shearing" from Lead Interpreter Cindy Earls.

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Society
6:36 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Paducah Race Unity Group Shows "Racial Taboo" This Weekend @ MAC, Meet the Director

Racial Taboo film poster
Credit racialtaboo.com

The late Connie Donley's family and friends in Paducah continue her passionate interest in race unity with a roll-out of many events in coming weeks, all intended to get black and white people talking about race together. They found a project for a perfect opener. Brian Grimm, director of the film Racial Taboo, visits Paducah, dines with the Race Unity Group tonight, speaks with the Paducah Sun and helps with the first four showings of his creation set for this weekend at Maiden Alley Cinema. Kate Lochte speaks with Grimm on Sounds Good.

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Arts
5:27 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

J.D. Wilkes Presents an Old Fashioned Square Dance on Saturday

Credit J.D. Wilkes, Facebook

Colonel J.D. Wilkes, author, artist, film-maker, rocker, and harmonica-wizard, is presenting an Old Fashioned Square Dance with caller Ray Wyatt and music by the Lakeland Jamboree this Saturday night at the Jamboree's headquarters on 61 Jefferson in Cadiz. "You don't have to know how to dance to have a blast," he says, speaking with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good. Doors open at 7, lessons at 7:30, dancing at 8.

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Arts
4:35 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Tickets Selling Fast for JD McPherson at Maiden Alley

JD McPherson
Credit Jimmy Sutton, maidenalleycinema.com, jdmcpherson.com

Maiden Alley Cinema hosts a series of music performances this weekend, welcoming back JD McPherson tomorrow night (Thursday) and on Friday a night music by Jack Grelle, Amy LaVere and The Hooten Hallers. Landee Bryant-Greene of Maiden Alley talks about the bands with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good and the partnership with the local chapter of the NAACP to show the film Racial Taboo, with an appearance by the director.

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Environment
4:09 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Puppies Sound Good! Meet Harry

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Puppies sound good today! We meet Harry, a Great Pyrenees and Australian Shepherd mix. He's a 10 to 12 week-old puppy, white with heterochromatic eyes, and a few brown spots. He was very cuddly and laid-back when he came up to visit and fell asleep during his radio debut. He's available for adoption at the Humane Society of Calloway County. Executive Director Kathy Hodge stops by Sounds Good to talk with Todd Hatton about Harry, the Mutt Strut this Saturday, an Animal Health Technology Day, and how to prevent ticks and fleas.

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