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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Government
5:28 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Opinion: Casinos in Kentucky are a Sweetheart Deal for the Elite

The views expressed in this commentary are the opinion of the commentator and don’t necessarily reflect the views of WKMS.

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Environment
12:25 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

FLW Fishing Report: The Fish are Biting in February

The dreary February weather hasn’t stopped the fish from biting. Hear more with the FLW Fishing Report...

Scott Ellison here, with the FLW weekly fishing report. Anybody seen the sun lately? It seems that the only time it came out in February was on groundhog day. The groundhog saw its shadow, and here we are with six more weeks of winter weather. It’s no so cold, but it’s definitely been cloudy and windy.

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Datebook
10:14 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Datebook: February 24 – Battle of Los Angeles 70 Years Ago

On the evening of February 24, 1942, air raid sirens went off throughout Los Angeles County. A total blackout was ordered and air raid wardens were summoned to position. At 3:16 a.m., the 37th Coast Artillery Brigade began firing 12.8-pound anti-aircraft shells at a reported unidentified aircraft. Pilots of the 4th Interceptor Command were alerted but stayed grounded. Artillery fire continued until the 4:14 a.m., over 1,400 shells fired. An “all clear” was sounded and a blackout order lifted at 7:21 a.m.

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Front Page Episodes
9:53 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Front Page AM 2/24/12

College sports can be big money makers for universities. Perennial power houses receive millions of dollars in profits each year from their programs. Hear how a mid-major with a Cinderella season like Murray State might come out at the end of their run. On Front Page A.M. from WKMS News.

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Datebook
9:45 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Datebook: February 23 - Supernova 1987A Visible to Naked Eye 25 Years Ago

Supernova 1987A was located in the outskirts of the Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a nearby dwarf galaxy, approximately 168,000 light-years away, though close enough to be visible to the naked eye if you lived in the Southern Hemisphere. The light from the supernova reached Earth on February 23, 1987. It was the first opportunity for modern astronomers to see a supernova up close and observations have provided much insight into core-collapse supernovae. Voyager 2, then enroute to Neptune, was able to observe the supernova with its cameras.

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Datebook
9:45 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Datebook: February 22 - George Washington Turns 280

George Washington was born on February 22, 1732 (and died December 14, 1799). We all know him as the 1st U.S. President (1789-1797), and as a great military leader. He was elected unanimously and oversaw the creation of a strong, well-financed government that maintained neutrality in the wars raging in Europe. He was born into a wealthy Colonial Virginia family, who owned tobacco plantations and slaves. He was mentored by William Fairfax, who promoted his career into the military. He quickly became a senior officer in the colonial forces during the French and Indian War.

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Datebook
10:57 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Datebook: February 21 – Waldo Waterman’s Flying Car Lifts Off 75 Years Ago

What ever happened to the flying car? Why don’t we live like the Jetsons today? Waldo Waterman invented the first tailless monoplane, the first aircraft with modern tricycle landing gear, and the first successful low cost and simple to fly flying car. The idea behind the Arrowbile was to develop a transmission drive system that could operate the propeller for flight and the rear wheels for groudn operation. The aircraft was required to meet the certification standards of thee Bureau of Air Commerce. Waldo used readily available auto components for most of the vehicle.

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Front Page PM
4:21 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Front Page PM 2/17/12

Good evening, it’s 6:30. Cairo Illinois is a prime example of a town that thrived from industry during an economic boom, but has since declined to a poverty stricken town with a population a fraction of what it was. Cairo is the product of a new documentary film, and we’ll talk to the director coming up on Front Page P.M.

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Front Page Episodes
10:42 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Front Page AM 2/17/12

 It’s an unfortunate fact that money often trumps historic preservation.  Where some see a historic building, others see a ramshackle structure clogging up valuable real estate.  That’s a point driven home in Calvert City this weekend as an old department store faces the wrecking ball.  That story and more are just ahead on Front Page A.M. from WKMS News.

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