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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Weather
3:06 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Severe Weather, Tornado Watch Until 7 PM Tonight (Sunday)

Scene from Brookport, courtesy Toby Glass

Nearly all of our region is now under a MODERATE to HIGH Risk today.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until 7 tonight  for all Kentucky counties west of Daviess, McLean, and Muhlenberg.  The watch area also includes Alexander, Massac, Pope, Johnson, and Pulaski counties in southernmost Illinois as well as Henry, Obion, Dyer, Lake, and Weakley counties in northwest Tennessee.

The watch is the result of a strong storm system rapidly moving east through our region out of the plains states.  This system will also bring high winds gusting up to 40 miles an hour and a chance of large hail.

A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for the formation of tornadoes in the area.  Be ready to move to a safe place if threatening weather approaches.  Again we have a tornado watch in effect for our region until 7 tonight.  We'll keep you updated as the situation develops.

 See details on the National Weather Service Paducah site.

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WKMS Press Releases
4:07 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Indie Public Radio Group Premieres 'Just Next Door' on WKMS

Bec and Shelly preview 'Just Next Door' and talk about baskhaus on Sounds Good with Tracy Ross.

What do you get when you combine two former WKMS News reporters, a love of public media and their drive to tell stories in a new way? You get Just Next Door, a documentary storytelling series from baskhaus radio group, co-founded by Rebecca Feldhaus Adams and Shelly Baskin.

Just Next Door is a 30-minute occasional series that tells the stories from your community that you never thought to ask about.

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Culture
3:31 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Holidays Sound Good on WKMS!

We’re happy announce that our annual holiday programming schedule is set! We hope you’ll curl up with a hot mug of cocoa to enjoy nearly 80 hours of special national and local programing to celebrate the season.

You’ll hear favorites like A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols,  A Chanticleer Christmas, and New Year’s Day from Vienna, as well as some new additions like A Journey Through the Nutcracker and Tallis Scholars: Love is Better than Wine

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Puppies Sound Good
2:44 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Puppies Sound Good: Meet Max and Sweet Pea

Max (left) and Sweet Pea (right), brother and sister

Puppies! Our favorite day of the month at WKMS. This time we met two seven-week-old puppies, Max and Sweet Pea, up for adoption. Max is black and Sweet Pea has brown and black coloring (kind of like a German Shepherd). These puppies are mixed-breed with features from a few different breeds. Also, they came from a litter of 15! Max and Sweet Pea were very adorable and sweet. You'll hear Max throughout the interview, watching his sister being playful. What could he be saying?

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Culture
10:25 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Kathy Timmons' Holiday Recipes Sound Good

On a special Sounds Good with Dr. Bob, we met a dietitian and good cook Kathy Timmons. She has some scrumptious recipes that you’ll want to try during the holidays. Try one of these this season: 

Kathy Timmons’ Holiday Recipes:

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WKMS Press Releases
12:54 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Preserving Our Voices on National Day of Listening

nationaldayoflistening.org

Join us on The National Day of Listening, November 29, for a special broadcast of the oral history project Preserving Our Voices, airing during the noon hour of Sounds Good. In the month of October, WKMS staff members met at participating libraries with people from our region at who had stories to record and preserve. We've captured some of the highlights from these recordings and will present them to you the day after Thanksgiving. Hear some of the stories that make our home unique. 

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Arts
3:32 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Paducah Symphony Orchestra Broadcast

Hear Paducah Symphony Orchestra concerts on WKMS! PSO concerts pre-empt  Sunday Prairie Home Broadcasts 11 am - 1 pm and are rebroadcast Sunday nights from 9 - 11 pm You can also enjoy the concerts simulcast live on WKMS HD-2.

...And repeats on HD-2: Mondays at 9 am, Wednesdays at Noon, and Sundays at 11 am on weeks following the initial broadcast.

9/7/13 - Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto - Airs on WKMS: 9/22/13 11 a.m. 

10/5/13 - Dvorak's New World Symphony - Airs on WKMS: 10/13/13 11 a.m. 

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Arts
11:30 am
Wed October 30, 2013

"Night of the Frankenclown" An Original Youth Drama

WKMS and the middle school kids of Calloway County Public Library bring to you an original story of terror and suspense, of a dreadful monster that turns one slumber party into a nightmarish evening of fear and chaos, that twists the imagination toward the realm of the unknown, and a night none are sure to forget until their dying day. One would think that a night with a clown would be one filled with jolly and laughter, but not on this... "NIGHT OF THE FRANKENCLOWN!"

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Politics
4:45 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Commentary: Lessons from Recent Political History and the Matt Bevin Candidacy

Credit mattbevin.com

Late last week, the Senate Conservatives Fund announced an endorsement for Kentucky businessman Matt Bevin, who is challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for his seat in the 2014 Primary. Bevin has already gained attention and support from Tea Party leaders and has, as commentator and History Professor Dr. Brian Clardy says, the advantage of recent political upsets on his side. 

The views expressed in this commentary are solely those of the commentator and do not necesarily reflect the views of WKMS.

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Datebook
2:12 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Datebook: October 23 - The Smurfs Debut

The loveable blue creatures first appeared in the Spirou comics magazine on this day in 1958. Belgian cartoonist Peyo came up with the word "Schtroumpf" while eating with a colleague and couldn't remember the word for salt. Pass the schtroumpf please!

It’s Wednesday, Oct. 23

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