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 and formally became News Director later that year. 

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Renowned author and Graves County native Bobbie Ann Mason discussed drawing from regional history in her stories to a packed audience Tuesday night at Murray State University. Mason was the featured speaker for the history department's inaugural Easley Lecture Series. 

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Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is joining attorneys general from 34 other states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia urging health insurers to review policies in the fight against opioids.

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University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto is the featured speaker at a Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon this month. 

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Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles is now the Secretary-Treasurer of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA). Quarles was elected on Thursday. 

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Murray State University is considering outsourcing health services to address budget pressures, but many details about how it would operate remain unknown. Officials fielded a range of questions in a forum on Thursday from whether current health services staff would be affected to how - and how much - students, faculty and staff would pay for services. 

US Army Corps of Engineers

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is not reducing discharges at Barkley Dam on the Cumberland River today (Thursday) as previously announced. The Tennessee Valley Authority says discharges at Kentucky Dam will also not be reduced today.

Kentucky Department for Public Health

A team of 10 Kentucky public health nurses and two staff members are deploying to Florida to assist Hurricane Irma victims. 

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The City of Paducah is moving forward with a curbside recycling program. Commissioners voted Tuesday night to move forward with developing plans to implement the service with a target date beginning January 2018. 

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A discussion over the fate of the statue of Confederate General Lloyd Tilghman dominated a Paducah City Commission meeting Tuesday night. A diverse audience of black and white individuals made up a well-attended meeting. Some weighed in on the issue of Confederate symbols during the public comment period and others wanted to hear what city officials had to say.

Clarksville Police Department

Clarksville Police say a man sustained a gunshot wound after accidentally dropping his gun in a restaurant.

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