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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National Weather Service Paducah

Update 10:30 p.m.

Sheriff's offices in several counties in the region are reporting trees, utility poles and lines down in the wake of Saturday's storms. Flooding issues are being reported region wide. Some structure damages and injuries have been reported.

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Illinois State Police say a woman is dead after striking a tree with her vehicle in southern Illinois. 

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A Crittenden County student is charged with terroristic threatening and was taken to a mental health center after threatening to kill a student. 

National Weather Service Paducah,

The National Weather Service in Paducah says showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop Friday night. Heavy rainfall and worsening flood conditions can be expected.

1.5 to 2 inches of rainfall is expected between this evening and Saturday night. It will include a chance of thunderstorms and could increase flooding potential after the 4 to 6 inches of rain that fell this week.


Court records of the Marshall County High School shooting case were ordered this week to remain confidential after the defense attorney called into question the Circuit Court’s jurisdiction. 


Commonwealth's Attorney Mark Blankenship says his office should not step away from the case involving accused Marshall County High School shooter Gabe Parker because he said his office hasn’t done anything wrong.

Dr. Bob Davies, Murray State University

Each month, Matt Markgraf sits down on Sounds Good with Murray State University President Dr. Bob Davies to discuss the latest goings-on at the university. This month: recent campus community accomplishments, lobbying efforts in Frankfort and more.

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A teenager was arrested on felony charges after saying Tuesday he placed a bomb in Westview High School in Martin, Tennessee.

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A west Kentucky teenager faces terroristic threatening and drug charges after allegedly joking on social media that he would bomb Todd County Central High School and shoot a student. 

NOAA Paducah,

The west Kentucky region is expected to get two rounds of heavy rainfall this week.