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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Commentary
2:28 am
Wed March 16, 2011

FLW Outdoors Fishing Report 3: High Water Remains an Issue

Scott Ellison

Murray, KY – Part 3 of the FLW Outdoors Fishing Report. Bass and crappie fishing in our region should be improving soon, but high water is an issue. Here's Scott Ellison with more.

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Commentary
2:17 am
Sat March 12, 2011

FLW Outdoors Fishing Report 2: Early Angling

Scott Ellison

Murray, KY – Part 2 of the weekly FLW Outdoors Fishing Report, with Scott Ellison. Fisherman are getting restless, but today we hear about a few anglers getting out there and what they've caught.

SCOTT ELLISON HERE WITH THE WEEKLY FLW OUTDOORS FISHING REPORT

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Commentary
4:03 pm
Tue March 8, 2011

Commentary: Kentucky's First Ever Crane Hunt

Happy Chambers at WKMS

Murray, KY – The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has proposed a "first ever" hunting season on sandhill cranes to begin during the 2011/2012 hunting season. Hap Chambers is a volunteer with the US Fish and Wildlife Service at Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge Environmental Education Program with more about the crane hunt.

I am here to speak to you about sandhill cranes

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Commentary
10:28 am
Fri March 4, 2011

Commentary: When 'going green' makes you blush

Richard Nelson

Murray, KY – English author Thomas Fuller wrote "We never know the worth of water till the well is dry." In the past decade, we've seen a well-spring of green projects cropping up across the world. Most of these have the interest of sustainability and preservation at heart, but not all of them are financially feasible. Commentator Richard Nelson says alternative energy is a likely solution to our future needs, but some green projects cost too much of another kind of green to be economically worthwhile.

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Commentary
4:25 pm
Thu March 3, 2011

FLW Outdoors Fishing Report - FLW Outdoors in Benton

Scott Ellison

Western Kentucky – Today we begin a new series, the FLW Outdoors Fishing Report, with Scott Ellison. In this inaugural piece we meet Scott and learn more about FLW Outdoors in Benton.

Hello, my name is Scott Ellison. In the weeks ahead, I'll be bringing you the latest news on fishing in the Four Rivers area, with particular emphasis on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes.

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Commentary
12:01 pm
Fri February 25, 2011

WKMS Station Manager Kate Lochte on Federal Funding

Murray, KY – WKMS Station Manager Kate Lochte has an update on federal funding for public media:

As you are most likely aware, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 1, the Continuing Budget Resolution that eliminates federal funding for public broadcasting. We anticipated this outcome and have already implemented a strategy to preserve federal funding for public service media as the bill heads into the Senate. Early next week the Senate will begin work on its version of the bill.

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Commentary
10:44 am
Fri February 18, 2011

Commentary: Ultrasound Bill casts glimpse inside abortion debate

Richard Nelson

Murray, KY – UPDATE: According to the Lexington Herald Leader, Senate Bill 9 and three other measures were struck down in the House Health and Welfare Committee yesterday (Thursday) afternoon. Advocates of the bill decry the liberal-leaning committee, which consists of 10 Democrats and 6 Republicans. Representative David Floyd, who added the abortion measures to the bills, believes if they were put up to a full House vote, more than 60 members would pass the measure.

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Commentary
10:15 am
Fri February 4, 2011

Uncommon Mystery - Roadkill

Murray, KY – You're probably familiar with our Front Blog series, Good Reads, books recommended by WKMS staff, students and volunteers. A great book doesn't always have to be one that ponders the unknowable or delves into life's quandaries. Mystery novel fan Michael Cohen recommends an uncommon read about a raunchy country singer turned private investigator and a bus accident involving a Hopi Indian.

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Commentary
11:32 am
Fri January 28, 2011

Commentary: Memory is Sufficient

Duane Bolin

Murray, KY – Sometimes your fondest reflections on the past cannot be aided by photographs or video, but are subject, rather, to the power of your own memories. Commentator Duane Bolin has a new lease on life after a near-death experience. Shortly after the traumatic events, he found himself yearning for the familiar. In this reflection, he recalls an excerpt from an essay by writer E.B. White about the sufficiency of memory in recording life's precious moments.

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Press Releases & Events
4:31 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

MSU Graduate Named to State Committee

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