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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Datebook
1:46 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Datebook: September 16 - Robert College Founded 150 Years Ago

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The oldest American school located outside of the United States, Robert College was founded on this day in Istanbul in 1863. It's an independent, private, accredited high school located on 65-acres. Among the alumni include several prime ministers, journalists, artists, entrepreneurs, and a Nobel Prize recipient.

It's Monday, September 16

Murray-Calloway County Hospital's Wellness Works program offers free blood pressure and osteoporosis screenings tomorrow morning from 8:30 to 11:30 at the Calloway County Senior Center. For more information on the Wellness Works schedule or about the screenings offered, call 270-762-1348.

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Society
11:18 am
Fri September 13, 2013

50 Years Later: September Mourn, The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Bombing

50 years ago this Sunday, an explosion at an African-American church in Birmingham, Alabama killed four little girls in an act of racially motivated terrorism, marking a turning point in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Commentator and Murray State History Professor Dr. Brian Clardy reflects on this tragic moment, and its historical significance in contributing to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 

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Datebook
12:27 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Datebook: September 12 - JFK Marries Jackie 60 Years Ago

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They were formally introduced at a dinner party in 1952, when Kennedy was then busy running for the US Senate. Today was their wedding day in St. Mary's Church in Newport, Rhode Island. It was the social event of the season, with 700 guests and a reception with 1,200 guests. They honeymooned in Acapulco.

It’s Thursday, September 12

The Imani Milele choir sings at Memorial Baptist Church this Sunday at 6 p.m. The choir is made up of orphaned and vulnerable children who are beneficiaries of the good work of the Imani Milele Children child-care program. Memorial Baptist is located at the corner of 10th and Main streets in Murray.

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Environment
11:34 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Puppies Sound Good: Meet Fairway

Meet Fairway, a boxer mix up for adoption at the Humane Society of Calloway County. He's a very friendly boy, who loved meeting and being pet by everyone at WKMS, he was very mild-mannered and had his tail wagging the entire time in the studio! His foster dad says he was found as a stray on the fairway at a local golf course. He gets along with other dogs and seems to do well with cats and kids. Fairway is approximately one year old and weighs 44 pounds. Read more about Fairway on his Petfinder page.

See adoption information at the Humane Society of Calloway County website.

Good Reads Kids
3:30 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Staff Pick from Calloway Co. Library: 'Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons'

Looking for a good book to read to your kids, but not sure where to start? Make a visit to your public library! Here's the first in our series of recommended reads from the staff at the Calloway County Public Library, Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by James Dean and Eric Litwin reviewed by Erica Gallagher and read by AJ Boston. 

For more about the Calloway County Public Library, visit callowaycountylibrary.org.

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National Day of Listening
12:01 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Preserving Our Voices: WKMS Celebrates The National Day of Listening

Participate in our special oral history project! Meet WKMS staff at participating public libraries and record your story for your family and for future generations. Many of these stories will air on WKMS on Friday, November 29, The National Day of Listening, on Sounds Good. And we’ll mail you a CD recording of your story in December for you to keep. To accommodate everyone we’ll limit recording sessions to 25 minutes.

See examples and more on StoryCorps'website.

A write-up about the event in the Kentucky New Era.

Mark your calendar for these dates and times:

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Datebook
11:34 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Datebook: September 10 - Large Hadron Collider Powered Up 5 Years Ago

Considered "one of the greatest engineering milestones of mankind," the Large Hadron Collider powered up on this day in 2008, after 10 years of development by CERN. The aim is to test the predictions of particle physics, identify the Higgs boson particle, and advance human understanding of physical laws. 

It’s Tuesday, September 10

Murray-Calloway County Hospital's Wellness Works program offers free screenings for blood pressure, osteoporosis, and blood sugar tomorrow morning from 8 to 11 at the Calloway County Public Library. For more information, call 270-762-1348.

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Datebook
11:19 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Datebook: September 9 - Tolstoy Turns 185

Leo Tolstoy is widely considered one of the world's greatest novelists, praised for his realistic fiction and complex moralistic aesthetic. Anton Chekhov wrote "What Tolstoy does serves to justify all hopes and aspirations in literature." If you're feeling brave, pick up War and Peace or Anna Karinena.

It's Monday, September 9

Maiden Alley Cinema in Paducah presents "The King's Speech" tonight at 6:30 as part of its Faith in Film series. Bertie, who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of England. For more information, visit maidenalleycinema.com

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Datebook
9:16 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Datebook: September 6 - Pennsylvania Railroad Derails 70 Years Ago

The 'Pennsy' was the largest railroad by traffic and revenue in the US for most of the 20th century. At its peak, it was the largest publicly traded company in the world. On this day in 1943, its premier train derailed, killing 79 in the junction. The roof peeled off "like a can of sardines." The cause: a faulty hot box. 

It’s Friday, September 6

The Pennyrile Area Cyclists host their annual challenge ride tomorrow morning starting at the Madisonville Community College campus. On-site registration starts at 7, and rides begin at 8 with 10, 22, 41 and 62 mile options available. For more information, visit pennyrileareacyclists.com.

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Datebook
11:06 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Datebook: Setember 5 - "Reign of Terror" Begins in France 220 Years Ago

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The Reign of Terror was a period of political violence during and after the French Revolution, incited by two rival factions, the Girondins and the Jacobins. Tens of thousands of "enemies of the revolution" met their fate at the guillotine. This lasted for just under a year, until a coup turned the tide and executed revolutionaries.

It’s Thursday, September 5

Dr. J. Duane Bolin is the keynote speaker for the MSU history department’s Dr. James W. Hammack Jr. Memorial Scholarship Banquet, to be held Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Curris Center Ballroom. The cost is $40 per person. Tomorrow’s the deadline to make reservations at 270-809-2234.

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