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

Pages

Environment
12:00 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Puppies Sound Good: Meet Sugar

Sugar is a 10-month-old Poodle/Jack Russell Terrier mix up for adoption at the Humane Society of Calloway County. She's mostly white with brown ears and some brown patches on her tail. Even though she's part terrier and a puppy, she was very calm and sweet at WKMS, and was eager to meet all the staff and students that wanted to see her. Upon meeting Whitney, she climbed right into her lap and loved being petted on. Sugar had one previous owner, who could no longer afford to care for her. The Humane Society is seeking a loving and forever home for Sugar.

Read more
Arts
3:53 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Carson Myre Series Presents Murray Woman's Club 2013 Holiday Open House

Welcome to The Carson-Myre Charitable Foundation’s Youth and Ensemble Music Performance Series with WKMS.  We’re delighted you’ve joined us for this new series. In this web exclusive, we feature the Murray Woman’s Club 2013 Holiday Open House. This concert was recorded on December 1, 2013 at the Murray Woman’s Club. George Eldred is our recording engineer.

See more about the Murray Woman's Club.

--

Read more
Society
3:20 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Closings & Cancellations Wednesday, December 11

List of closings and cancellations due to weather for Tuesday, December 11. Updated 6:05 a.m.

SCHOOLS:

Ballard County Schools closed

Carlisle County Schools closed

Crittenden County Schools 2 hour delay

Massac County Schools Unit 1 closed

McCracken County Schools closed to students

Union County Schools Closed

Read more
Weather
6:57 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Winter Weather: Clarksville, TN Reports .4 of Ice and Numerous Power Outages

Snow plow in downtown Paducah.
Credit John Paul Henry

Update Monday Morning

According to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd  the region had fog overnight in many counties.  A band of light freezing rain that briefly turned to snow swept across Henderson and Webster counties about 2:00 a.m

Temperatures held in the mid-20s which helped salt to continue thawing roads in the overnight hours. 

However, there are still opportunities for re-freezing, as well as some remaining icy spots that require additional treatment.

Read more
Arts
12:15 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Highlights from the McCracken Co. High School Band Autumn Concert

Welcome to The Carson-Myre Charitable Foundation’s Youth and Ensemble Music Performance Series with WKMS. We’re delighted you’ve joined us for this new series. Today, we feature highlights from the McCracken County High School Band’s Autumn Concert.  This concert was recorded on November 11, 2013 at the C-Plant Performing Arts Center, and features original compositions from Kentucky native Jason Thompson.

Steven Page is McCracken County High School Band Director, Kelley Ray is Assistant Director. Todd Birdsong is our recording engineer.

Read more
Arts
12:30 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Highlights from the 42nd Annual First District High School Choral Festival

Production for Broadcast

Complete, Unedited Performance

Hear a special presentation of The Carson Myre Charitable Foundation's Youth and Ensemble Music Performance Series. The first program in this new series features the 42nd Annual First District High School Choral Festival. This concert was recorded on September 17th, 2013 at the Marshall County High School Auditorium, and features singers from eight different schools in the District.

Read more
Culture
3:30 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Chad and Tracy Preview 'Preserving Our Voices'

WKMS News Director Chad Lampe talks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about the WKMS original production "Preserving Our Voices" airing Friday at noon, following the StoryCorps 10th Anniversary Special: Ties that Bind. They preview some of the stories you'll hear in the special, and listen to part of a story from Paducah resident and MSU alum, Jesus Menendez, who grew up in Cuba during the Cuban Revolution and made his way to a new life in western Kentucky.

Read more about Preserving Our Voices.

Read more
Culture
10:41 am
Fri November 22, 2013

50 Years Later: Remembering the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

On this day 50 years ago, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a presidential motorcade through a plaza of onlookers in Dallas, Texas. Commentator and Murray State History Professor Dr. Brian Clardy reflects on his parents' memories of the day.

Read more
Arts
3:47 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Youth Report: Behind the Scenes of Alice in Wonderland Jr.

This weekend, Playhouse in the Park presents two children's shows for the price of one: Gooney Bird Greene and Her True Life Adventures and the musical Alice in Wonderland, Jr. WKMS Youth Reporter Patrick Jones goes behind-the-scenes during a rehearsal for Alice, meeting some of the cast members and speaking with Playhouse director Lisa Cope about how kids have become involved in these productions both on and off stage.

Read more
Speaker's Corner
4:11 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Speaker's Corner: TEDxMurrayStateU

WKMS introduced the TED Radio Hour to 7 pm on its Sunday programming schedule in early 2013. Hosted by NPR’s Guy Raz, TED Radio Hour is based on TED Talks given by riveting speakers worldwide. Each weekly radio episode, hosted by Raz, is centered on a common theme and injects soundscapes and conversations that bring these ideas to life.

Read more

Pages