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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Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has declared federal disaster aid for 20 Kentucky counties, including more than a dozen in our listening area. 

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Update Friday Afternoon:

Illinois’ payment to its largest public-pension fund is expected to increase by more than $400 million next year. The Teachers Retirement System trustees agreed Friday to lower the assumed rate of return on investments from 7.5% to 7%.

U.S. Army Fort Campbell Facebook

Update Friday: The soldier has been identified as 23-year-old Spc. Bryan Castillo, a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter repairer. Castillo arrived at Fort Campbell in 2013. The motive for his shooting incident is still unknown. He is now being held at the Montgomery County Jail. No formal charges have been filed.

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Kentucky's Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo has called a meeting of all state representatives to discuss the beleaguered public pension system. 

Hopkinsville Community College, via Facebook

The Delta Regional Authority is investing more than $100,000 dollars in the Todd County Career Path Institute. The western Kentucky facility trains adults, college and high school students in welding, industrial maintenance and electrical networking. The money will go towards equipment for hands-on training.

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Update: With reaction from  Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky.

A Kentucky abortion has lost its appeal to the state's Supreme Court in an effort to reopen. The EMW Women's Clinic in Lexington has been closed since June, when the state Court of Appeals granted Governor Matt Bevin's request to close it. 

Ag Commissioner Ryan Quarles, via Twitter @KYAgCommish

A Lexington-based bank is taking home the Kentucky State Fair's grand champion ham for $600,000 dollars.

Central Bank made the winning bid in a charity auction at the Kentucky Farm Bureau Country Ham Breakfast this Thursday. 

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Afternoon Update: Responses from Kentucky Youth Advocates, Save Kentucky Healthcare and Congressman John Yarmuth.

Governor Matt Bevin says he has changed his proposal to overhaul the state's Medicaid program and submitted it to the federal government for approval.

Dr. Bob Davies, Murray State University

The new academic year is getting underway at Murray State University. MSU President Dr. Bob Davies speaks with Matt Markgraf on Sounds Good about updates on performance funding, state appropriation, the newly appointed Regents, construction projects and much more. 

McCracken County Sheriff’s Department

A Paducah man was arrested and charged Wednesday with the sexual abuse of a minor. McCracken County Sheriff’s Department received a complaint last month that 48-year-old David Averitt had sexually abused a child under the age of 12. 

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