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. 

Ways to Connect

Here's a preview of our featured guests on Sounds Good, January 11 - 15, as we prepare for the Spring semester beginning at Murray State, January 19. Hear the music and community conversation program weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The schedule may be subject to change.

Monday, January 11

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The first WKMS Community Advisory Board meeting of 2016 is Monday, January 11 at 6 p.m. on the 8th floor of the Fine Arts building on Murray State's campus. There will be data comparing this fiscal year to past years, as well as a discussion on ways to engage new listeners with WKMS in 2016. All are welcome.

Feel free to come and share your thoughts about WKMS for 2016!

Mark Jarman

The Murray State University Creative Writing MFA program kicks off with acclaimed poet Mark Jarman reading from his forthcoming book, The Heronry, Saturday at the Clara M. Eagle Gallery. Jarman taught at Murray State from 1980 to 1983 and is presently Centennial Professor of English at Vanderbilt University. His honors include a Guggenheim fellowship in poetry as well as numerous awards. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Jarman about his thoughts on writing and teaching poetry, 'New Formative' and 'New Narrative' style and how and how fresh forms of poetry emerge.

Tab Brockman, goracers.com

"Voice of the Racers" Neal Bradley predicted the struggles for this years' Racers team would come early before they start picking up the wins. They started off 5-2 and had a bit of a rough stretch, but record-wise they're about where he thought they'd be without having had a solid road game. On Sounds Good, Bradley updates his prediction, saying the best Racer basketball is coming in February, when some of the freshmen players will start to break out. He recaps the recent games a looks ahead with Tracy Ross. 

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

On Tuesday, January 12, President Barack Obama will deliver his State of the Union address, starting at 8 p.m. central time. NPR will provide live anchored coverage of the President's speech as well as the Republican response from Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina. This will be the last State of the Union address of his presidency.

Courtesy of Ted Belue

"There were a lot of ways to die out there," says historian Ted Belue, a history professor at Murray State University, discussing the true story of frontiersman and fur trapper Hugh Glass, subject of the new film The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy is set in 1823 Montana and South Dakota. He speaks with Todd Hatton on Sounds Good about the history of the fur trade and why "malcontents" like Glass were drawn to the novelty of adventure and "hairy dollars."

landbetweenthelakes.us

Winter is the peak season for eagle viewing at Land Between the Lakes, where more than 100 bald eagles and some golden eagles can be seen residing and hunting for fish. On Sounds Good, Austin Carter speaks with naturalist Monica Main about the series of van tours and river yacht cruises through Land Between the Lakes to see these birds in the wild.

Courtesy of National Quilt Museum

The National Quilt Museum in Paducah is getting ready to open two new exhibits, kicking off 2016: the regional guild show, "Simply Southwest" and the annual kids' contest, "School Block Challenge." On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Judy Schwender, Curator of Collections and Registrar, about these exhibits and a peek at 'The Other Side' coming in February.

Nataliya Gvozdeva, 123RF.COM

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is January 18 and we're celebrating his life and legacy with two specials, preempting Sounds Good.

At 11 a.m. hear Global Village Dr. King Day, with songs dedicated to him and his leadership in the Civil Rights Movement. At Noon, hear Humankind Special, The Power of Nonviolence: The Spirituality of Peacemaking, an insightful and uplifting look at breaking the cycle of violence at home and abroad.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Update: Visitation and funeral arrangements have been added to this post. Please see below. 

Sid Easley, former Murray State University Board of Regents Chair, Murray attorney and former District Judge for Calloway and Marshall Counties, died Tuesday. Easley had been battling cancer. 

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