Matt Markgraf

News Director, Host of Weekend Energy

Matt "McG" Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He has a bachelor's degree in Theatre and a master's degree in Creative Writing from Murray State University. At WKMS, he's led the management of the web site, online streaming and social media platforms. He's also developed promotional and marketing materials over the years. Matt hosts the electronic music show Weekend Energy Saturday nights and formerly coordinated and hosted the classical music program Carson Myre Youth Series. He produces an assortment of interviews for Sounds Good and has led initiatives in the Youth Radio Project. He also enjoys cooking international cuisine, discovering new music and obscure science fiction movies.

In March 2011, he was hired full-time as New Media & Promotions Coordinator. In March 2016, he was named Interim News Director and formally became News Director later that year. 

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Murray State University is home to a diverse body of international students. Stephen Emoche Agada is a graduate student from the Benué state in Nigeria. He says he came to MSU because it had a good ranking and the courses he was looking for when deciding to study abroad. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Agada about his hometown, cultural traditions and differences, misconceptions and how a member of his family is on the front lines with the Nigerian Army fighting Boko Haram.

National Weather Service Paducah, via Twitter

Look up tonight and you might see the International Space Station. The National Weather Service in Paducah shared a Tweet with approximate times and degrees, per NASA's Spot the Station data. 

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, Facebook

A revised statewide fish consumption advisory is in effect due to levels of mercury found in samples from Kentucky waters. The Kentucky Departments for Public Health, Environmental Protection and Fish and Wildlife announced guidance Wednesday. 

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, via Facebook

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is adding confirmed cougar sightings to a new online map. The TWRA Cougar Action Team, or C-A-T, is an in-house committee working to organize evidence submitted by the public and developing a policy for dealing with this subspecies of cougar, which is not native to Tennessee. 

The first confirmed sighting in more than 100 years was in Obion County last September

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Last week, Kentucky State House passed HB 316, legislation to establish a definition for bullying in Kentucky schools.  Susan Guess is the founder of the Guess Anti-Bullying Foundation and her daughter Morgan testified in support of the measure.  On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with the Guess' about how they have seen the issue of bullying change in the Commonwealth.

Calloway County Sheriff's Office

Update Thursday 2/25: Missing Calloway County Woman Found Dead 

Update Tuesday 2/16 Evening: Arrest Warrant Issued for Missing Calloway County Woman Jennifer Hicks   

Update Tuesday, 2/16: In response to ongoing rumors, Calloway County Sheriff Sam Steger told the Murray Ledger & Times that officials don’t believe Hicks was abducted.  Nathan Baird with the Sheriff's Office also says there's no established connection between Hicks' disappearance and her job at Lake Chem Federal Credit Union in Murray.

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Murray State is one of three Kentucky universities to receive federal funds aimed at improving preschool through twelfth grade (P-12) educator quality. 

Used with permission from New York State Archives. New York (State). Governor. Public information photographs, 1910-1992. Series 13703-83, Box 15, No. 1314 (Job #2-364)

Ersa Hines Poston grew up in western Kentucky during the great depression, went on to work for New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller during the Civil Rights movement and was appointed by President Carter to the Civil Service Commission, the first African American woman appointed to this position. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Sarah Hopley, Special Collections & Exhibits Librarian, about the life of this remarkable woman from our region.

Weakley Cnty Tenn, Facebook

A western Tennessee county is so far one of four in the state to receive a clean audit report in fiscal year 2015. Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury reports Weakley County's audit contained no findings. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Join us today for a special live lunch featuring Dr. Todd Hill and the Murray State University Jazz Combo!

Todd Hill was recently named KMEA 2016 College and University Teacher of the Year for his work with groups like the one we'll hear today. 

Watch the live stream here:

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