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
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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Arts
12:30 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Highlights from the 42nd Annual First District High School Choral Festival

Production for Broadcast

Complete, Unedited Performance

Hear a special presentation of The Carson Myre Charitable Foundation's Youth and Ensemble Music Performance Series. The first program in this new series features the 42nd Annual First District High School Choral Festival. This concert was recorded on September 17th, 2013 at the Marshall County High School Auditorium, and features singers from eight different schools in the District.

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Culture
3:30 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Chad and Tracy Preview 'Preserving Our Voices'

WKMS News Director Chad Lampe talks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about the WKMS original production "Preserving Our Voices" airing Friday at noon, following the StoryCorps 10th Anniversary Special: Ties that Bind. They preview some of the stories you'll hear in the special, and listen to part of a story from Paducah resident and MSU alum, Jesus Menendez, who grew up in Cuba during the Cuban Revolution and made his way to a new life in western Kentucky.

Read more about Preserving Our Voices.

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Culture
10:41 am
Fri November 22, 2013

50 Years Later: Remembering the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

On this day 50 years ago, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a presidential motorcade through a plaza of onlookers in Dallas, Texas. Commentator and Murray State History Professor Dr. Brian Clardy reflects on his parents' memories of the day.

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Arts
3:47 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Youth Report: Behind the Scenes of Alice in Wonderland Jr.

This weekend, Playhouse in the Park presents two children's shows for the price of one: Gooney Bird Greene and Her True Life Adventures and the musical Alice in Wonderland, Jr. WKMS Youth Reporter Patrick Jones goes behind-the-scenes during a rehearsal for Alice, meeting some of the cast members and speaking with Playhouse director Lisa Cope about how kids have become involved in these productions both on and off stage.

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Speaker's Corner
4:11 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Speaker's Corner: TEDxMurrayStateU

WKMS introduced the TED Radio Hour to 7 pm on its Sunday programming schedule in early 2013. Hosted by NPR’s Guy Raz, TED Radio Hour is based on TED Talks given by riveting speakers worldwide. Each weekly radio episode, hosted by Raz, is centered on a common theme and injects soundscapes and conversations that bring these ideas to life.

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Society
4:28 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Severe Weather Update (As of 6:20 PM)

National Weather Service Paducah Radar Image: 6:13 pm

6:20 pm: NWS canceled tornado watch for Calloway, Trigg, Christian, Todd counties. A flood advisory is in effect for parts of Calloway County until 7 pm. Some areas may see another 1 to 2 inches of rain. Sunny and mostly clear tomorrow, highs will be in the upper 50s, lows in the lower 30s.

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Weather
3:06 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Severe Weather, Tornado Watch Until 7 PM Tonight (Sunday)

Scene from Brookport, courtesy Toby Glass

Nearly all of our region is now under a MODERATE to HIGH Risk today.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until 7 tonight  for all Kentucky counties west of Daviess, McLean, and Muhlenberg.  The watch area also includes Alexander, Massac, Pope, Johnson, and Pulaski counties in southernmost Illinois as well as Henry, Obion, Dyer, Lake, and Weakley counties in northwest Tennessee.

The watch is the result of a strong storm system rapidly moving east through our region out of the plains states.  This system will also bring high winds gusting up to 40 miles an hour and a chance of large hail.

A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for the formation of tornadoes in the area.  Be ready to move to a safe place if threatening weather approaches.  Again we have a tornado watch in effect for our region until 7 tonight.  We'll keep you updated as the situation develops.

 See details on the National Weather Service Paducah site.

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WKMS Press Releases
4:07 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Indie Public Radio Group Premieres 'Just Next Door' on WKMS

Bec and Shelly preview 'Just Next Door' and talk about baskhaus on Sounds Good with Tracy Ross.

What do you get when you combine two former WKMS News reporters, a love of public media and their drive to tell stories in a new way? You get Just Next Door, a documentary storytelling series from baskhaus radio group, co-founded by Rebecca Feldhaus Adams and Shelly Baskin.

Just Next Door is a 30-minute occasional series that tells the stories from your community that you never thought to ask about.

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Culture
3:31 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Holidays Sound Good on WKMS!

We’re happy announce that our annual holiday programming schedule is set! We hope you’ll curl up with a hot mug of cocoa to enjoy nearly 80 hours of special national and local programing to celebrate the season.

You’ll hear favorites like A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols,  A Chanticleer Christmas, and New Year’s Day from Vienna, as well as some new additions like A Journey Through the Nutcracker and Tallis Scholars: Love is Better than Wine

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