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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10:55 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Datebook: September 30 - Boeing 747 Debuts 45 Years Ago

The Boeing 747, aka Jumbo Jet, is one of the largest and longest-running of its class, holding the record for passenger capacity for 37 years. Nearly 1,500 have been built, costing between $230-350 million each. Boeing nearly went bankrupt in its development, admitting "it was really too large a project for us." 

It's Monday, September 30

Murray-Calloway County Hospital's Wellness Works program offers a free community health screening Thursday morning from 6-10 at the PTL South Lot, 3443 U.S. Hwy. 641 S. Lipid, blood sugar, and PSA screenings are available. A twelve-hour fast is required. For more information, call (270) 762-1348.

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1:04 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Datebook: September 27 - First Ford Model T Leaves Factory 105 Years Ago

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Henry Ford's Model T left the Detroit factory on this day in 1908. Less than 20 years later, Ford would watch his 15 millionth Model T roll out. The automobile opened travel for the middle-class. Ford said his wish was that a family could enjoy "the blessing of hours of pleasure in God's great open spaces."

It’s Friday, Sept. 27

A Youth Explosion 2013: The Only Name Tour concert is tomorrow at Trigg County High School with Big Daddy Weave, Chris August, Unspoken, Jeremy Dale, and Tony Tillman. Doors open at 3, a pre-concert show begins at 4:45, and the concert starts at 6. Admission is free. The event is held outside, rain or shine. Lawn chairs and blankets welcome.

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2:06 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Datebook: September 26 - TS Eliot Turns 125

Considered one of the 20th century's greatest poets, St. Louis born Thomas Stearns Eliot emigrated to the UK at the age of 25 where he would write his famous works The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and The Waste Land. In 1948, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his contributions to poetry.

It’s Thursday, Sept. 26

Paducah Parks Services is currently accepting nominations for the 2013 Distinguished Veteran Award. Candidates should currently reside in McCracken County and be involved in their communities. Anyone, male or female, who has served in any branch of the military may be nominated. Nomination forms are available in the Parks Office or at paducahky.gov.

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11:33 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Datebook: September 25 - Balboa Reaches the Pacific 500 Years Ago

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Explorer Vasco Balboa crossed the Isthmus of Panama into the Pacific Ocean on this day in 1513, the first European to to so from the New World. Knee-deep in the ocean, he raised a sword in one hand and an image of Virgin Mary in the other and claimed possession of the new sea and all adjoining lands for Spain.

It’s Wednesday, Sept. 25

The Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County hold the 2nd annual Tobacco War Pilgrimage Friday and Saturday. Friday night's events include an Old Time Street Fair and the Night Rider Tobacco Raid Re-enactment. Saturday's events include the Tobacco Bus Tour, showings of the documentary "Farming in the Black Patch," and the Trial of the Night Riders. For more information visit tobaccowarpilgrimage.com.

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3:04 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Datebook: September 24 - 60 Minutes Debuts 45 Years Ago

Coming in at 6 on TV Guide's "Greatest TV Shows of All Time" list, CBS' 60 Minutes was the creation of Don Hewitt, set apart for its unique style of investigative journalism. The program has won a total of 95 Emmys and 20 Peabody Awards. It's the longest continuously running program in American network primetime.

It's Tuesday, Sept. 24

The McCracken County Public Library hosts "The History of Paducah ICG Railroad Shops," a presentation by John A. Rogers, as part of its Evenings Upstairs series. The hour-long presentation is Thursday night at 7 in the second floor meeting room. Admission is free. For more information visit mclib.net.

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11:09 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Datebook: September 23 - Victoria Woodhull Turns 175

Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run for president, the first woman to start a weekly newspaper, and the first woman to operate a Wall St. brokerage firm. She advocated women's rights and labor reform, controversially rallying against the corrupt capitalist elite in support of the working class.

It's Monday, Sept. 23

The Breast Cancer Support Group meets tomorrow evening from 6:30-7:30 at the Center for Health and Wellness. For more information, contact Evelyn Wallis at (270) 489-2462. 

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10:33 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Datebook: September 20 - Billie Jean King Defeats Bobby Riggs 40 Years Ago

Billie Jean King defeats tennis legend Bobby Riggs in all three rounds of the Battle of the Sexes tennis match. The event was highly publicized, witnessed by over 30,000 spectators in the Astrodome and 50 million TV viewers. Her win was seen as a victory for women's rights in sports and in general. 

It’s Friday, September 20

Teams may now register for the 5th Annual Murray Adult Spelling Bee and Chili Supper, set for Monday, September 30th, at the Murray Woman’s Clubhouse. The cost is $30 for a team of 3, with Spellagains available for an additional charge. Spectator admission is $1, or $7 for a chili supper meal. To register a team, call Cindy Graves at 270-978-0101.

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8:29 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Datebook: September 19 - Talk Like a Pirate Day

Shiver me timbers! It's Talk Like a Pirate Day again! Landlubbers can walk the plank today! Be sure to greet friends with a hearty "Ahoy, matey!" And if ye see any pieces of eight, send 'em to yer favorite radio station, WKMS. It's a pledge drive fer goodness sakes, ARRR!

It’s Thursday, Sept. 19

Dr. Sonya Gabrielle Baker, soprano, and Dr. Meeyoun Park, collaborative pianist, give a faculty recital Sunday afternoon at 3:30 at the Performing Arts Hall on the campus of Murray State University. The program includes works by Bach, Schubert, Strauss, Amy Beach, and Ricky Ian Gordon, as well as traditional spirituals. The recital is free and open to the public.

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11:28 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Datebook: September 18 - Washington Lays Cornerstone of US Capitol 220 Years Ago

George Washington and eight other Freemasons laid the cornerstone to the U.S. Capitol on this day in 1793. Proposed by Thomas Jefferson, it had already spent ten years in design. They went with amateur architect William Thornton, whose design Washington praised for its "grandeur, simplicity, and beauty."

It’s Wednesday, September 18

The Cancer Prevention Study-3 is a research study seeking men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer. The study seeks to better understand the factors that cause or prevent cancer. An enrollment event is tomorrow afternoon from 2:30 to 6 at Murray-Calloway County Hospital. For more information, call 1-888-604-5888.

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10:29 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Datebook: September 17 - William Carlos Williams Turns 130

So much depends upon a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens. Happy birthday to modernist poet William Carlos Williams. Poet Randall Jarrell said Williams' "quick transparent lines have the nervous and contracted strength, move as jerkily and intently as a bird."

It’s Tuesday, September 17

The American Red Cross holds a blood drive Thursday from 11 to 4 at St. John's Episcopal Church, 1620 W. Main St., Murray. To schedule an appointment visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767 and use the sponsor code “Murray.”

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