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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9:50 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Todd Hollenbach Re-Elected to State Treasurer

Murray, KY – Incumbent state Treasurer Todd Hollenbach has successfully defended his position from Republican K.C. Crosbie. The democrat's victory comes despite being out fund-raised by 2 to 1 and having TV ads run accusing him of failing to balance the state's checkbook. The addition of Libertarian Ken Moellman to the race likely helped Hollenbach edge ahead of Crosbie by splitting voters off the republican's conservative base.

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9:43 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Calloway County Republicans' Election Response

Murray, KY – Democratic candidates may have dominated the Kentucky 2011 elections last night, but Republicans in Calloway County aren't too dissapointed. President of the Calloway County Republicans Greg Delancy says republicans in western Kentucky should be proud to participate in a local election he feels was issue-focused.

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9:41 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Calloway County Democrats' Election Response

Murray, KY – Kemp says Kentucky's election may be the beginning of a reversal to the trend of Republican dominated local elections. He has high hopes for the Democrats in 2012 but like many in the nation would like to see more cooperation between the parties.

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9:19 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Steve Beshear Wins Another Term as Kentucky Governor

Murray, KY – Governor Steve Beshear says Kentucky voters rejected the "politics of obstruction and intolerance" in his win over Republican challenger and Senate President David Williams. In his concession speech, Williams says he's ready to switch from campaigning against Beshear to working with him.

"We are gonna try to find common ground to work together on and I think all of you expect us to do that, all Kentuckians, and I look forward to talking to him," Williams said.

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9:15 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Edelen Wins State Auditor Race

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Murray, KY – Winning a little more than 56 percent of the vote Tuesday night, Democrat Adam Edelen claimed victory in the race for Kentucky State Auditor over Republican John Kemper. Edelen said he was happy for the chance to serve the Commonwealth's citizens.

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4:28 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

New Paper Ballots in Calloway County

Murray, KY – Voters in Calloway County today saw a familiar ballot type. Calloway County Clerk Ray Coursey Jr. says the precincts will be using paper ballots this year, and officials will feed them into a scanner to speed up the counting process.

"The scanner reads the ballot. But we've got the paper ballot to rely on if there's ever a question about the number of votes for a particular candidate in an election, we'll have the paper ballots available."

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3:47 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Ray Coursey Jr. on Voter Turnout

Murray, KY – It's election day in Kentucky and experts predict a fairly low voter turnout. Secretary of State Elaine Walker expects turnout at around 25 percent. Calloway County Clerk Ray Coursey Jr. says he believes Calloway can best the state average.

"I'd like for Calloway County to get 30 percent. I'd like for Calloway County to be a shining example here that we do get out, and we do vote."

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3:44 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Kentucky Voters Head to the Polls to Cast Ballots in Statewide Elections

Louisville, KY – Voting is underway in Jefferson County. Polls opened at 6:00 this morning, and voters can choose between candidates for the governor, attorney general and secretary of state, among others.

Nore Ghibaudy is the spokesman for the Jefferson County Clerk's Office. He says so far voting traffic has been steady, but Jefferson County usually has a slightly better turnout than other Kentucky counties.

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3:35 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Adkins Wants Partisan Political Climate

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky voters are choosing state leaders for the next four years on this Election Day. But with the legislative session on the horizon, it will likely be politics as usual in Frankfort. Democratic House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins says regardless of who wins the governor's race, he'll be pushing for bipartisanship.

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