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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More than 40,000 Kentuckians have registered to vote or have updated their registration through the online portal


A multi-state coal company is shutting down their last active mine in Kentucky. 

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Update: Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin says he will order flags lowered to half-staff in honor of a Fort Campbell soldier who has died in Kuwait. Bevin says he will order the flags lowered on the date of Cooper’s internment, which has not yet been set. See Kentucky flag status.

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Rural western Kentucky was host to the 'only all-lesbian film festival in the United States' over the weekend. Paducah's Maiden Alley Cinema was home to the inaugural three-day Cinema Systers Film Festival.  Matt Markgraf went to the festival on Saturday and brings this report:

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The first Murray State University Board of Regents meeting of the new academic year began this morning with a ceremony swearing in four regents: two Governor appointees Lisa Rudolph and Dr. Walter Bumphus, Faculty Regent Katherine Farmer and (returning) Student Regent Clint Combs.

Annual Retreat and Big Picture Topics

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Murray State's latest enrollment numbers show an uptick in new freshmen but an overall decline of about 2%. This is largely due to a decline in full-time graduate and international students (demographics that have overlap).

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While dual credit courses for high school students across the commonwealth offer a head start into the college experience, they put pressure on the amount of money coming into higher education institutions. 

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Two women from far western Kentucky are now serving on state boards. Governor Matt Bevin appointed more than 10 people Friday. 

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Kentucky college and university presidents aren't shying away from performance funding set to go into effect next summer, but a philosophical disagreement between them remains ahead of a December deadline. 

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Graves County Sheriff's Office says a Hopkinsville truck driver is injured after being struck by a flying object, causing him to overturn his semi.