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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6:40 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

AP exit-polling shows Rand Paul elected to U.S. Senate

Kentucky – From the Associated Press:

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Anti-tax crusader Rand Paul's election victory gives the tea party a flag-bearer to send to the Senate and hope that more like-minded Washington outsiders would be elected to Congress. The first-time candidate and champion of small government upended the Kentucky Senate race by trouncing the Republican establishment's hand-picked candidate in the May primary and winning decisively against Democratic state Attorney General Jack Conway on Tuesday.

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6:28 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Hectic day for Kentucky election fraud hotline

Frankfort, KY – It was a hectic day for operators fielding calls to Kentucky's election fraud hotline. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh says the hotline stayed active during the May primary, but was even busier today.

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4:28 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

McCracken County voter troubles

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4:26 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Voter Turnout to Reach 50 Percent in Western KY

Smithland, KY – Voters steadily stream in to the polls in Kentucky today. Les Fugate of the Secretary of State's office says as expected turnout is strongest in Louisville and Lexington. In Western Kentucky, Graves, McCracken, and Livingston County election officials expect turnout to reach or exceed 50 percent. Livingston County Clerk Carroll Walker says an alcohol referendum in Smithland is bringing more people out.

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2:24 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Republicans Favored in TN Elections

Nashville, TN – Republicans are expecting big gains in Tennessee today. As many as three congressional seats are in play as well as the governor's office. Some voters say they're dissatisfied with Washington. That's why Kenneth McGilton of Dickson won't be voting Democrat as he has in years past.

"This year it's straight Republican, straight down the board. If he had a Republican beside his name, I voted for him. I just want to send a message."

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12:43 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Elections Smooth at Most Polling Places

Murray, KY – Many Western Kentucky Counties report smooth operations at polling places. Minor problems reported include voters coming to the wrong locations, and issues finding outlets to run voting machines. Graves County Clerk Barry Kennemore says early on election workers at one site discovered they hadn't ordered enough E-scan paper ballots.

"So we had just to print some more. They were able to keep voting because we had the handicap machine there, but it was slowed down until we got caught up with our printing."

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11:08 pm
Mon November 1, 2010

A good night for Republicans in The Four Rivers Region

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3:53 pm
Mon November 1, 2010

Election Do's and Don'ts

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky polls open tomorrow morning at six, and the Secretary of State's office will be ready to field voter complaints. Deputy Secretary of State Les Fugate says poll workers will be watching for electioneering within 300 feet of the polling place. The race between U-S Senate candidates Jack Conway and Rand Paul has been heated in the last few weeks, but Fugate says that likely won't carry over to the polls.

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3:41 pm
Mon November 1, 2010

Paul Stops in Paducah and Lexington

Lexington, KY – It was at a Tea Party event, that Republican Rand Paul first knew he want to run for U-S Senate. While on a statewide tour today, Paul had stops in Paducah and Lexington. The Bowling Green eye doctor says polls show him six to seven points ahead of Democrat Jack Conway. Paul says a big win Tuesday would make a loud political statement.

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3:00 pm
Mon November 1, 2010

Electioneering Restrictions

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson is looking forward to a smooth Election Day. He reminds voters electioneering is not allowed within 300 feet of a polling place. He says wearing your favorite candidate's T-shirt into a polling place is highly discouraged.

"You can wear your T-shirt into a polling place. We would like you to not do that. But you can legally do that and be allowed to vote. You're not going to be turned away from voting. However, you might be prosecuted for violating the electioneering law."

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