Matt Markgraf

New Media Promotion Coordinator, Host of Weekend Energy

Matt "McG" Markgraf joined the WKMS News Team in January 2007, while pursuing his bachelor’s degree in theatre at Murray State. Now he's got a master's degree in creative writing and is hard at work on "the next great American novel" - that is - when he’s not designing and updating the web site, producing commentaries and mixing up some Weekend Energy. Matt enjoys all kinds of music, but has a fondness for wicked beats. He’s at the station throughout the day and sometimes late at night working during the informative bliss of BBC World Service. In March 2011, he was named New Media & Promotions Coordinator for WKMS.

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2011

1st Place - Best Website - www.wkms.org

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2010

2nd Place - Best Website - www.wkms.org

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2009

2nd Place - Best Website - www.wkms.org

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2008

2nd Place - Best Website - www.wkms.org

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Arts
1:17 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Paducah Symphony Captures the 'Inextinguishable Spirit of Life' in Nielsen's 4th Symphony

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"Music is life. And like life, it is inextinguishable." - Carl Nielsen. This sentiment is evoked in the Paducah Symphony Orchestra's presentation of Nielsen's 4th Symphony, featuring side-by-side performance by the Paducah Symphony Youth Orchestra in Rachmaninoff's Symphony in D minor "Youth." Also, Respighi's tour through Rome in Fontane di Roma and Verdi's Overture to Nabucco. Kate Lochte speaks with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra's Maestro Raffaele Ponti about the March 14th concert.

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Education
10:41 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Meet Murray State International Students Miyanda and Chi Chi

Miyanda and Chi Chi

Murray State University's Institute for International Studies hosts students from 57 countries for their undergraduate and graduate programs. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte meets the Hichilema sisters, Chi Chi and Miyanda from Lusaka, Zambia, the capital of this south central African country. We'll learn about how they came to Murray State, what they think of Murray, their dreams after graduation and how to greet someone in the native language, Tonga.

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Arts
4:02 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

"Scientific America" Photography & Changes Coming to Mayfield's Icehouse Gallery

Credit Icehouse Gallery, Facebook

Mayfield's Ice House Gallery is showing "Scientific America; Photography by Ron Toth," through March 26th. Toth is a plant sciences professor at Northern Illinois University. Icehouse Interim Director Ric Watson tells us about the show and what else is happening at the Gallery under his direction.

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Society
3:23 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Murray State's LGBT Programming Hosts Coming-of-Age Film 'Pariah'

Tracie Gilbert on Sounds Good
Credit Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The film Pariah is a coming-of-age art drama looking at the life of a young woman in New York City discovering her own identity and the conflicts that arise from race, religion, sexual orientation and adolescent anxiety. Murray State University Minority Teaching Fellow Tracie Gilbert joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to talk about the film and the unique stories it presents that tend to get overlooked, ahead of tonight's 7:30 showing at the Curris Center Theatre.

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WKMS Press Releases
10:16 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Sounds Good Week Ahead: March 9 - 13

Here's the rundown of who's on Sounds Good this week:

Monday, March 9

MSU Minority Teaching Fellow Tracie Gilbert joins us to preview the film "Pariah" showing at the Curris Center Theatre tonight at 7:30.  It's the "coming of age Lesbian" art drama film that won the Excellence in Cinematography Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Mayfield's Ice House Gallery is showing "Scientific America; Photography by Ron Toth," through March 26th.  Toth is a plant sciences professor at Northern Illinois University.  Ice House Interim Director Ric Watson tells us about the show and what else is happening at the Gallery. 

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Sports
12:30 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Neal Bradley Previews the OVC Tournament After Racers Historic Season

Credit Tab Brockman, Murray State Sports Information, goracers.com

With a 24 game winning streak and an undefeated conference slate, Voice of the Racers Neal Bradley says the Murray State Racers Men's Basketball Team has had an amazing transformation from the start of the season: from 2-4 to the point where they may be in the NCAA tournament, to be ranked 25 in the AP poll and 24 in the USA Today poll, to running the table in the OVC, which has never been done in conference play by any Murray State Team is remarkable. Tracy Ross says it's been fun to have these Sounds Good discussions with Bradley because there's been nothing but good news. They recap the last few games, the OVC honors and take a look at what's ahead.

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Culture
3:28 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Guy Raz Previews New Season of TED Radio Hour

Guy Raz, host of TED Radio Hour
Credit Kainaz Amaria

The new season of TED Radio Hour begins this Saturday morning on WKMS. The program, broadcast around the world, brings you TED Talks from experts on a given theme, while host Guy Raz and his guests further explore the subject. Past episodes have ranged from topics like how we love and what we fear to the source of creativity and the end of privacy. Raz and Todd Hatton talk about what's made the show so successful and how the program continues to build on its creative and innovative storytelling.

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WKMS Press Releases
9:59 am
Mon March 2, 2015

This Week on Sounds Good March 2 - 6

Here's a look at our featured guests on Sounds Good this week. 

Monday, March 2

Todd Hatton speaks with TED Radio Hour host Guy Raz about their upcoming season and the reasons for the program's success around the world.

Chad Lampe speaks with Murray State President Dr. Bob Davies about Honors College, performance funding and more.

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WKMS Press Releases
4:28 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

The WKMS FM Classical Trio

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88.9 Murray, 92.5 Paducah, 105.1 Madisonville

We're not Messiaen around when it comes to classical music. Enjoy more than you can Handel on our trio and streaming online at wkms.org.

Starring the Paducah Symphony Orchestra:

Don't miss the rest of this season:

Hear the March 14th performance of Nielsen's 4th Symphony on March 20. Hear the April 18 performance of Carmina Burana on April 26!

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Arts
3:34 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

[Update: Cancellations] Murray Shakespeare Festival 2015: "Method In Madness"

Patrick Earl as Hamlet in HAMLET
Credit Courtesy of American Shakespeare Center. Photo by Michael Bailey.

Fourth Update: The Friday, March 6 10 AM performance of Hamlet has been canceled. 

Third Update:  Per Dr. Rusty Jones: Thursday's 10 AM performance of Much Ado About Nothing and Thursday's 7 PM performance of Hamlet are canceled. Watch for updates concerning the Friday, 10 AM performance of Hamlet.

Second Update: Per Dr. Rusty Jones: Due to weather concerns, the 5-6:30 PM American Shakespeare Center workshop at Playhouse in the Park has been canceled. The Thursday, 4-5 PM lecture on Hamlet on Film by Dr. Mickey Wadia from Austin Peay is also canceled. Please watch this page for updates on the Thursday, March 5, 10 AM production of Much Ado About Nothing, the Thursday, 7 PM production of Hamlet, and the Friday, March 6, 10 AM production of Hamlet.

Update: Sounds Good conversation with Dr. Rusty Jones and commentary by Dr. Andy Black about the Cinema International film Much Ado About Nothing added to this article.

The American Shakespeare Center of Staunton, Virginia, will grace the Lovett Auditorium stage once again with performances of Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet, March 2-6. Hear "A Minute With Shakespeare" on WKMS weekdays leading up to the performances at 7:19 a.m., 12:19 p.m. and 4:19 p.m.

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