Matt Markgraf

Interim 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.

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

Ways to Connect

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A proposal that would seal police body camera footage from the public is gaining traction in the Tennessee legislature. 

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Jay Marchmon and Todd Blume are the brewers at Paducah Beer Werks. In their first year of business, they took home medals in state, national and international beer competitions. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with the brewers about how they got started, these awards and the "Festiversary" this weekend.

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Kentucky Transportation officials say a portion of construction on the New US68/KY80 Lake Barkley Bridge in Trigg County has minor damage after a towboat struck one of the piers this morning. 

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The Tennessee state Senate has passed a bill that would force people who sue state employees or elected officials to pay legal fees if they fail in a lawsuit. 

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Christian County High School is without a Girls Basketball Coach. In a release issued Thursday the school says coach Anthony Hickey has resigned, effective immediately. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS - courtesy of Pogue Library

Far too often, the everyday stories of our communities get lost in history: stories of an old opera house, recollections of childhood memories from the Civil War. Anyone interested in the heritage and history of our region would find a remarkable treasure in the collection of Fulton journalist Ouida Jewell at Murray State's Pogue Library. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Sarah Hopley, Special Collections & Exhibits Librarian about this 'success story' from western Kentucky.

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Kentuckians are signing up to vote or are updating their voting registration online. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ office says more than 10,000 people have used GoVoteKY.com since its launch last week.

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Upgrades to the Pennyrile Parkway continue Monday for Interstate 69 through Hopkins, Webster and Henderson Counties. 

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The Kentucky House of Representatives has approved a bill that would give free community college tuition to all of Kentucky's high school graduates. 

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Update: In a statement to member station WFPL Friday, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell  says the senator would not support the nomination.

A western Kentucky native is nominated for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. White House officials say President Obama chose Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Lisabeth Tabor Hughes for her "long and impressive record of service."

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