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
4:03 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Carson Myre Series: Paducah Tilghman High School Christmas Program

Welcome to The Carson-Myre Charitable Foundation’s Youth and Ensemble Music Performance Series with WKMS. Today, we’ll hear highlights from the Paducah Tilghman High School Christmas Program, featuring the Paducah Tilghman Concert Choir, Men’s Choir, Choralaires, Prime Rib, and Concordia. Matthew Hinz directs and Devonda Treece provides accompaniment. Todd Birdsong is our recording engineer. This concert was held on December 20th, 2013 at Immanuel Baptist Church in Paducah.

Full Song List:

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Arts
11:40 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Carson Myre Series: Murray Schools' A Winter Choral Concert

Welcome to The Carson-Myre Charitable Foundation’s Youth and Ensemble Music Performance Series with WKMS. Today, we’ll hear highlights from A Winter Choral Concert, featuring the Murray Elementary Chorus, Murray Middle School Choir, and Murray High School Choir. Kim Black directs the Elementary Chorus, Laynie Alba Mitchell Directs the Middle and High School Choirs. George Eldred is our recording engineer. This concert was held on December 17, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church in Murray.

Complete Song List:

Murray Elementary Chorus

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Arts
11:30 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Carson Myre Series: Highlights from the Marshall Co. High School Christmas Choral Concert

Credit King Sound Studio, kingsoundstudio.com

Welcome to The Carson-Myre Charitable Foundation’s Youth and Ensemble Music Performance Series with WKMS. Today, we’ll hear highlights from the Marshall County High School Concert Choir and Women’s Choir Christmas Concert. Brant Veal is the Choral Director, Mary Grinnell Accompanies, and King Sound Studio is our recording engineer. This concert was held on December 13, 2013 at the Kenneth Shadowen Performing Arts Center at Marshall County High School.

Song List: 

Middle School Choir:

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Arts
11:44 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Carson Myre Series: Paducah Symphony Youth Orchestra & Sinfonia Holiday Concert

Credit King Sound Studio, kingsoundstudio.com

Welcome to The Carson-Myre Charitable Foundation’s Youth and Ensemble Music Performance Series with WKMS. Today, we’ll hear the holiday concert by the Paducah Symphony Youth Orchestra and Sinfonia Preparatory Orchestra. Steve Schaffner conducts the PSYO, Patty Story conducts Sinfonia. King Sound Studio is our recording engineer. This concert was held on December 15, 2013 at the C-Plant Performing Arts Center in McCracken County High School and was sponsored by Lourdes and Independence Bank.

Sinfonia Song List:

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Arts
11:30 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Carson Myre Series: Clark Elementary Choir Holiday Presentation

The Clark Choir performs at Paducah Living Center

Welcome to The Carson-Myre Charitable Foundation’s Youth and Ensemble Music Performance Series with WKMS. Today, we’ll hear a special holiday presentation by Clark Elementary School’s 4th and 5th Grade Choir, of 55 students. Murray State alum Dale Julian directs and Todd Birdsong was our recording engineer. This performance was recorded on December 16th, 2013.

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Environment
12:00 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Puppies Sound Good: Meet Sugar

Sugar is a 10-month-old Poodle/Jack Russell Terrier mix up for adoption at the Humane Society of Calloway County. She's mostly white with brown ears and some brown patches on her tail. Even though she's part terrier and a puppy, she was very calm and sweet at WKMS, and was eager to meet all the staff and students that wanted to see her. Upon meeting Whitney, she climbed right into her lap and loved being petted on. Sugar had one previous owner, who could no longer afford to care for her. The Humane Society is seeking a loving and forever home for Sugar.

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Arts
3:53 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Carson Myre Series Presents Murray Woman's Club 2013 Holiday Open House

Welcome to The Carson-Myre Charitable Foundation’s Youth and Ensemble Music Performance Series with WKMS.  We’re delighted you’ve joined us for this new series. In this web exclusive, we feature the Murray Woman’s Club 2013 Holiday Open House. This concert was recorded on December 1, 2013 at the Murray Woman’s Club. George Eldred is our recording engineer.

See more about the Murray Woman's Club.

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Society
3:20 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Closings & Cancellations Wednesday, December 11

List of closings and cancellations due to weather for Tuesday, December 11. Updated 6:05 a.m.

SCHOOLS:

Ballard County Schools closed

Carlisle County Schools closed

Crittenden County Schools 2 hour delay

Massac County Schools Unit 1 closed

McCracken County Schools closed to students

Union County Schools Closed

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Weather
6:57 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Winter Weather: Clarksville, TN Reports .4 of Ice and Numerous Power Outages

Snow plow in downtown Paducah.
Credit John Paul Henry

Update Monday Morning

According to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd  the region had fog overnight in many counties.  A band of light freezing rain that briefly turned to snow swept across Henderson and Webster counties about 2:00 a.m

Temperatures held in the mid-20s which helped salt to continue thawing roads in the overnight hours. 

However, there are still opportunities for re-freezing, as well as some remaining icy spots that require additional treatment.

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Arts
12:15 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Highlights from the McCracken Co. High School Band Autumn Concert

Welcome to The Carson-Myre Charitable Foundation’s Youth and Ensemble Music Performance Series with WKMS. We’re delighted you’ve joined us for this new series. Today, we feature highlights from the McCracken County High School Band’s Autumn Concert.  This concert was recorded on November 11, 2013 at the C-Plant Performing Arts Center, and features original compositions from Kentucky native Jason Thompson.

Steven Page is McCracken County High School Band Director, Kelley Ray is Assistant Director. Todd Birdsong is our recording engineer.

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