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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News Archive
4:26 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

Kentucky Ethics Panel to Meet and Discuss Complaints

Murray, KY – Kentucky's Executive Branch Ethics Commission could be briefed on high-profile allegations involving the Commonwealth's gubernatorial campaign next week. Republicans have filed ethics complaints about contributions from state employees to Democratic Governor Steve Beshear's campaign. Democrats allege in their own complaint Republican lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Richie Farmer used a state account to buy a small refrigerator for his home. The ethics panel is scheduled to meet Monday.

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3:12 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

David Williams Unveils Jobs Plan

David Williams (right) with running-mate Richie Farmer (left)

Frankfort, KY – Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams wants to eliminate Kentucky's personal and corporate income taxes as part of his jobs plan. The proposal released yesterday also makes a number of short-term recommendations to spur economic growth in the commonwealth. Under Williams' plan, he would create an expert commission to draft an entirely new tax system. Williams says getting rid of certain taxes is crucial.

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3:13 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

Gatewood Galbraith Makes Fifth Attempt for Election to Governor

Lexington, KY – Lexington attorney Gatewood Galbraith is making his fifth attempt at the state's highest office. Although never a true contender in the past, the independent candidate thinks this year is different. Galbraith's confident of moving ahead of Republican David Williams. Williams and incumbent Democrat Steve Beshear are establishment candidate, so , Galbraith hopes to win support from voters who still want to kick out the political establishment.'

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4:20 pm
Fri September 9, 2011

Justice Cunningham remembers 9/11 with a powerful story

Murray, KY – Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham remembers the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11 with a moving story about the fundraising efforts of another WKMS, White Knoll Middle School in South Carolina. Hear his amazing story of a Civil War promise held true under the banner, South Carolina Remembers.

Bill Cunningham is the Justice for the First Supreme Court District on the Supreme Court of Kentucky.

 

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3:17 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Gubernatorial Candidates to Speak in McCracken County

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3:15 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Beshear and Williams Debate Education, Politics, and Everything Else

Frankfort, KY – Two months from today, Kentuckians will choose their next governor. A pair of candidates stood together Wednesday during a higher education event in Frankfort. Democratic incumbent Steve Beshear believes his substantial lead in the polls is a reflection of how he's tried to lead.' Beshear says,

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3:14 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Kentucky FOP Endorses Republican David Williams in Governor Race

Murray, KY – The Kentucky Fraternal Order of Police has endorsed Republican state Senate President David Williams in the race for governor.

The union represents more than 9,300 law enforcement officers across the state and their nod is coveted among political candidates. Earlier this week, the state FOP endorsed Republican attorney general candidate Todd P'Pool over Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway, who had received their endorsement in previous races.

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3:17 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

Kentucky Campaigns Continue As Elections Draw Closer

Murray, KY – Traditionally, the political season begins with Labor Day. But, that's changing. Political ads are now common in the summer. Governor Steve Beshear launched a new one just before the holiday. Republican challenger David Williams is also advertising. These days, Transylvania University political scientist Don Dugi says campaigns start whenever the candidate things the timing is right.

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3:23 pm
Wed August 24, 2011

Conway Campaign Slams P'Pool Backer

Louisville, KY – Telling supporters it's "time to fight back" the campaign for Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway criticized the "outrageous agenda" and prominent backers of his general election opponent.

Conway's campaign is trying to raise $10,000 online by September 15 and are highlighting the big name conservatives who are headed to Kentucky to campaign for Republican challenger Todd P'Pool in the coming months.

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3:20 pm
Mon August 22, 2011

Vote Smart Tests Courage of Gubernatorial Candidates

Louisville, KY – The non-partisan group Project Vote Smart is sending Democratic Governor Steve Beshear, Republican David Williams and independent Gatewood Gailbrath its Political Courage Test this Wednesday to gauge their views on a number of issues.

Founded by a group of bi-partisan national leaders, the Montana-based non-profit organization researches the voting records, campaign contributions and public statements of more than 40,000 candidates and elected officials.

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