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
4:35 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

The Yeiser Exhibits Paducah Artist's Lifelike Clay Botanicals

Clay Botanical by Jimmy Nichols
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The Yeiser Art Center opens a show of Jimmy Nichols Clay Botanicals with a reception Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. Along with exhibiting clay botanicals from private collections, for this show the artist is also making a container of life-sized Hollyhocks, a gardenia topiary as well as a garden size container holding a peony bush. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte asks Dr. Rob Robertson, an avid collector of Jimmy Nichols' work, about his regard for the artist.

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Arts
12:17 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Paducah Symphony's "A Lincoln Portrait" is a 'Powerful and Sincere Journey'

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Saturday night's Valentine's activities in Paducah include The Paducah Symphony in concert at the Carson Center. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with the Symphony's Artistic Director and Conductor Raffaele Ponti about the grand selections of music in "A Lincoln Portrait," which he says is a powerful and sincere symphonic journey.

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Environment
3:31 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

[Slideshow] Puppies Sound Good! Meet Valentino

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

A puppy up for adoption from the Humane Society of Calloway County came up to the WKMS studios today with Executive Director Kathy Hodge. Valentino is a black and white rat terrier/dachshund mix is estimated to be around 4 months old. He is very expressive and curious about everything, according to Hodge. He was found as a stray and turns out to be very sweet-natured around people - didn't mind being picked up and passed around by everyone at WKMS. His foster says he's housebroken, is doing well with house training and loves toys.

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Science
3:58 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

The Psychology of How to Quit Smoking

Credit Sasin Tipchai, 123rf Stock Photo

Quitting smoking is one of the top resolutions people make, coming in only behind weight loss and exercise. The CDC found that over two-thirds of smokers reported a desire to quit and over half tried to go at least one day without the habit in a given year. Murray State Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Michael Bordieri joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to discuss how to kick the nicotine addiction.

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Arts
4:00 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Clemens Fine Arts Center Presents The Blind Boys of Alabama, This Friday

Credit Clemens Fine Arts Center, Facebook

Gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama started singing together before the attack on Pearl Harbor. They toured the South during the Jim Crow era of the 1940s and 50s and sang at benefits for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the Civil Rights Movement. They've played at the White House for three administrations. In 2009, they were awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Drummer, arranger and vocalist Eric "Ricky" McKinnie speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about their visit this Friday to WKCTC's Clemens Fine Arts Center. 

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Business
3:21 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

What the Latest in Net Neutrality Means for Rural Providers

Michael Ramage, associate director for the Center for Telecommunications Systems Management at Murray State University
Credit Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Net neutrality is back in the headlines after FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced his plans to present a 300-page document at a meeting later this month, which would reclassify 'broadband.' Under the current Telecommunications Act, there are multiple areas: telephone, broadcast, information. If the proposal passes, broadband would be reclassified from an information service to a telecom service. Michael Ramage, Associate Director for the Center for Telecommunications Systems Management at Murray State University, discusses the latest news, explains regulating web access as a public utility and what this might mean for consumers and communications companies on Sounds Good.

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WKMS Press Releases
10:00 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Sounds Good Week Ahead: February 9 - 13

Here's a rundown of our featured guests on Sounds Good this week:

Monday, February 9

Michael Ramage, associate director for the Center for Telecommunications Systems Management at Murray State University, discusses the latest idea of "net neutrality" -- regulating web access as a public utility -- and what this might mean for consumers and communications companies.

Gospel music's only blind drummer, Ricky McKinnie of The Blind Boys of Alabama, talks with Kate Lochte about the 7 decades-long success of the group, which performs in the Clemens Fine Arts Center of West Kentucky Community and Technical College this Friday.

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Culture
2:16 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Stephen Keene Presents a Gospel Showcase at Badgett Playhouse

Stephen Keene on Sounds Good
Credit Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Badgett Playhouse celebrates Black History Month with a Gospel Showcase starring Stephen Keene and special guests, Sunday, February 22 at 2 p.m. Keene grew up singing in churches alongside his mother, a minister of over 50 years, and speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about the concert. 

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Arts
1:45 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Paducah School of Art & Design Hosts Art Contest for 'Orphan Train'

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Credit book cover, Amazon.com

The One Book, One Campus, One Community Read project at West Kentucky Community and Technical College has inspired a community-wide art contest centered around the book Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, an historical novel staged between 1850-1930 and the effort to bring orphan children by train from northern cities to America's heartland. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Paducah School of Art and Design Dean Paul Aho about how to enter the contest.

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WKMS Press Releases
10:30 am
Fri February 6, 2015

[Video Added] Nick Dittmeier & The Sawdusters Play Sounds Good Live Lunch

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Our next Sounds Good Live Lunch at Noon features southern Indiana singer-songwriter Nick Dittmeier. His alt country EP, Extra Better, earned him a nomination for "Songwriter of the Year" at the inaugural Louisville Music Awards.

Hear Nick Dittmeier & The Sawdusters in a live performance from Studio B, February 27 at Noon! Watch the live webcast here.

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