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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Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Update: The old Eggner's Ferry Bridge was demolished today. See the video here.  

The old Eggners Ferry Bridge is set for explosive demolition. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says demolition of the four main spans over Kentucky Lake in Aurora is set for 6:30 a.m. on Monday, July 25.

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The convicted felon whose emotional testimony convinced a Republican western Kentucky lawmaker to change his mind and led to the adoption of an expungement law has had his criminal record officially cleared by a judge. 

Courtesy of Bill Bartleman

Thousands of people are in Cleveland, Ohio this week for the Republican National Convention as members of the party converge behind presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump. McCracken County 1st District Commissioner and former Paducah Sun journalist Bill Bartleman is a delegate and arrived at the RNC Sunday. Matt Markgraf speaks with Bartleman about his experience so far and what some of his goals are as a representative from western Kentucky.

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U.S. Senator Rand Paul is skipping the Republican National Convention next week and is instead hosting a series of town hall meetings in far western Kentucky and performing eye surgeries in Paducah. 

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Update: WKCTC has ended their campus alert for evacuation of the Allied Health Building and Emerging Technology Center.   

A natural gas leak near West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah this morning prompted evacuations of nearby buildings. According to a news release, a contractor for Atmos Energy reported damaging an 8-inch high pressure gas transmission line. 

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A Christian County distillery is one of two in Kentucky who can begin selling mixed drinks to tourists this weekend. MB Roland Distillery of Pembroke, southeast of Hopkinsville, is scheduled to receive their license Friday. 

Fort Campbell, via release

Update Wednesday:  The soldier recently recovered in a Fort Campbell creek has been identified as 34-year-old Spc. Dhaifal Ali of Arlington, Texas. 

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The Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet has awarded $15.7 million dollars to eight areas of program areas combating heroin and substance abuse. 

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The Murray Police Department is asking people playing the popular Pokémon Go game on their smartphones to be aware of surroundings and stay off of private property unless permission is granted. 

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A recent appointee to the University of Louisville board of trustees has declined the position, and Governor Matt Bevin has appointed someone to replace him. 

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