Matt Markgraf

News Director

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 11 years, Matt volunteer hosted the electronic music program Weekend Energy Saturday nights, showcasing the genre's soulvul and diverse celebration of international culture. For fans of the show, he still maintains a Weekend Energy Spotify playlist.

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.

Ways to Connect

Dr. Bob Davies, Murray State University

Murray State University President Dr. Bob Davies recently held a campus town hall in which he described the university as becoming 'privatized.' Matt Markgraf sits down with Davies on Sounds Good to unpack this term and other aspects of the town hall, including outsourcing and tuition. They also discuss recent faculty and staff achievements, business partnerships, an upcoming distinguished alumni event and more.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's Office

The U.S. Senate confirmed on Tuesday an eastern Kentucky native and Lexington lawyer to serve as a U.S. District Judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky. 

David Benbennick, Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain

A 35-year-old Cadiz woman died Monday after colliding with a semi. 

Courtesy of Alex Englen, Kentucky Labor Cabinet

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet is developing an apprenticeship program to train more skilled workers to meet the state's workforce needs. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Kentucky Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey and Commissioner Ervin Dimeny about apprenticeships and skilled workers. They also discuss a program offering job training for inmates, workplace safety and more.

Paducah Police

Update: Paducah Police said in a release on Sunday that Lonnie J. Moore has been located and arrested.  

Courtesy of Fort Campbell

Update: Fort Campbell has released the names of the two soldiers killed in a helicopter crash on Friday. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

'Privatized' was the word Murray State University President Bob Davies repeated in a town hall forum on Friday addressing the budget and tuition.

The landscape of higher education is facing significant business model changes, said Murray State President Bob Davies, pointing to declining state appropriations as well as increased competition for students due to performance funding and other factors.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

"Innovate, don’t regulate." That was the ‘bumper sticker’ message U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry delivered to business leaders in Hopkinsville on Thursday.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry are making stops in west Kentucky on Thursday. 

via Facebook

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

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