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
2:56 pm
Fri December 10, 2010

Commentary: Christmas Lights

Dr. Duane Bolin

Murray, KY – The winter is a season full of festivities, diverse across cultural and spiritual traditions, but one festivity that may be most outwardly expressed and shared is the celebration of lights that adorn our houses and town squares. Commentator and History professor Dr. Duane Bolin talks about the importance of lights across faiths - and what it means to his own faith in the celebration of Christmas.

(Commentary Script Coming Soon)

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Press Releases & Events
10:19 am
Wed December 1, 2010

Honewell to Donate Emergency Sirens to Massac County

Metropolis, IL – Metropolis' Honeywell Plant will donate new emergency sirens to Massac County. The 170-thousand-dollar donation will go toward the replacement of old sirens damaged during the 2009 ice storm. Honeywell donated the previous sirens in the 1980s. Six of the eight new sirens will be placed throughout Metropolis with the remaining two to be built in Joppa and Brookport.

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Commentary
11:21 am
Wed November 24, 2010

Commentary: Is Marriage's Turkey Cooked?

Richard Nelson

Murray, KY – For many, Thanksgiving has become a tradition of gathering around a turkey with the family, sharing stories and giving thanks. Commentator Richard Nelson recently found some statistics on opinions about marriage and the traditional family, which suggest that the idea of family has changed in people's minds. Nelson found, however that most Americans still believe children fare best in two-parent families.

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News Archive
12:01 pm
Wed November 17, 2010

Random Post-Election Audits

Union County, KY – The Attorney General's office chose six Kentucky counties including Union for post-election audits. Director of special prosecutions Todd Lewis says an investigator will travel to each county to look for any Election Day discrepancies.

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News Archive
12:35 pm
Fri November 12, 2010

Chandler Still Leads in Recanvass

Commentary
11:27 am
Fri November 12, 2010

Commentary - Beware the Jabberwock: Tea Party and Small Government

Constance Alexander

Murray, KY – On November 2nd, Kentucky Republican and Tea Party flag-bearer Rand Paul won the Commonwealth's vacant U.S. Senate seat. The first-time candidate and Washington outsider championed small government in his campaign and emphasized businesses and entrepreneurs take a stronger role in job creation. Commentator Constance Alexander takes issue with this stance, citing herself as an example of the success of Government assistance.

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Commentary
5:14 pm
Thu November 11, 2010

True Eloquence, One Veterans Story

Retired U.S. Air Force Major Charley Buntin

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News Archive
3:08 pm
Thu November 11, 2010

Recanvassing the 6th District

Lexington, KY – Numerous county clerks across Kentucky tomorrow will be rechecking vote totals from last Tuesday's election. Losing candidates in a congressional race, three legislative races and three judicial races want the vote totals re-examined for accuracy. Les Fugate says the tallies should come in fairly quickly.

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News Archive
4:55 pm
Fri November 5, 2010

Commentary: The Votes Are In...

Robert Valentine

Murray, KY – The political season came to a head this week, as voters hopeful, angry and otherwise, flocked to the polls, casting their ballots in the midterm elections, with high expectations and fingers-crossed. Commentator Robert Valentine is glad it's all over, because the media frenzy surrounding the event drove him nuts. Now that he's recovered most of his sanity, hear his humorous post-election analysis.

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News Archive
4:32 pm
Fri November 5, 2010

Certified re-count

Frankfort, KY – The certified vote count shows Democratic Congressman Ben Chandler garnering 119,812 votes on Election Day. Republican challenger Andy Barr collected 119,163.

So, out of more than 239,000 votes cast in the 16-county central Kentucky district, the candidates are separated by 649 votes.

Chandler declared victory Tuesday night, but Barr has refused to concede. Barr wants a recanvass, or recheck of the vote totals, and that will commence next Friday.

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