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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An app designed to stop texting and driving is getting the attention of law enforcement officials in Kentucky. WKYT-TV reports that authorities are praising ‘LifeSaver,’ which blocks a phone's screen while driving, as a tool that can prevent car accidents. 

Merryman House, via Facebook

A McCracken County based program aimed at combating domestic violence received two grants totaling $750,000 dollars Monday. Governor Matt Bevin presented the Merryman House in Paducah with a Community Development Block Grant of $500,000 to go towards their capital campaign. 

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Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the final presidential debate Wednesday night at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Kentucky Office of the Attorney General

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is set to meet next week with attorneys general from West Virginia and Ohio, as well as experts from law enforcement, health care and faith-based groups to discuss ways to combat the opioid epidemic. 

Dr. Bob Davies, Murray State University

Murray State University's homecoming weekend coming up ahead of Halloween and numerous financial changes are underway, including implementing federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) changes and the recent court decision reallocating 2% of a state appropriation back to university budgets. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf catches up with President Bob Davies on these topics, also what being a "Marketplace of Ideas" means for the university community and his thoughts on suggestions of a payroll tax in Murray.

Shannon Vetter, via YouTube

Paducah-based musician and WKMS Battle of the Bands Semi-Finalist Shannon Vetter plays Sounds Good Live Lunch this Friday, October 21 at Noon. Vetter premiered his music video "Temptation" from his upcoming album Rapid Cycle on WKMS earlier this month. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Candidates for Kentucky State House District 8 debated Monday night in Hopkinsville, expressing differences in a wide range of topics including healthcare, PAC donations, minimum wage, unemployment, opioid crisis, taxes and much more. 

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A state judge has ordered Gov. Matt Bevin to release $17.8 million to most public colleges and universities. Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate signed the order Monday. It says Bevin must release the money within three days. 

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Hopkinsville League of Women Voters host a candidate forum for the Kentucky State House District 8 race Monday night in Hopkinsville. 

Hopkinsville Police Department

Update: Police have arrested a Hopkinsville man in Clarksville wanted for his alleged involvement in a shooting death downtown Saturday. 

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