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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12:12 am
Wed November 3, 2010

Cantrell is Mayfield's New Mayor

Mayfield, KY – Former assistant to the Mayor in Mayfield now has her boss's job. Teresa Cantrell defeated her boss, incumbent Mayor Arthur Byrn by just under a thousand votes in last night's election. Cantrell's campaign slogan of, "it's about time," explains she's been eyeing the job for close to 10 years. Neither Byrn nor Cantrell were available for comment on the race.

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12:11 am
Wed November 3, 2010

Alcohol Referendum Passes in Smithland

Smithland, KY – A liquor-by-the-drink referendum in Smithland passed by 61 percent last night. The measure allows alcohol sales at restaurants within city limits. One-hundred-thirty-two residents voted on the issue, which appeared on the ballot after Smithland businesswoman Diane Fraley collected the required number of signatures. Fraley plans to convert the historic Gower House into a restaurant. Mayor Joe Ward previously said he welcomed anything that would increase city revenue.

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12:09 am
Wed November 3, 2010

Wells Wins Against Seargent

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12:08 am
Wed November 3, 2010

Rhoads Bests Whitfield

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12:08 am
Wed November 3, 2010

Wirgau Unseats Borchert, Tennessee

West Tennessee – Tennessee's 75th state House District has a new representative. Republican Tim Wirgau bested incumbent Democrat Willie "Butch" Borchert by nearly 2,400 votes. Wirgau says jobs in Henry, Benton and Stewart counties will be among his first orders of business.

"To secure the jobs that we have here already, and to help fight against some of the taxes that are on the small business owners so they can put people back to work. But most importantly to be a voice, and to always have an open door policy to the folks."

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12:01 am
Wed November 3, 2010

McMillan wins Clarksville mayor's seat

Clarksville, Tenn. – Kim McMillan will be the next mayor of Clarksville. She won the seat by more than 48 percent of the vote. A total of eight candidates vied for the seat after current mayor John E. Piper announced he wouldn't seek re-election. Jeff Burkhart ran a close second with nearly 38 percent of the vote.

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12:00 am
Wed November 3, 2010

High Turnout for KY Midterms

Murray, KY – Almost half of Kentucky's qualified voters cast ballots during yesterday's election. Political scientist Joe Gershtenson says that's quite high for a mid-term election. Gershtenson, who teaches at Eastern Kentucky University, says those relatively high numbers were driven by discontent.

"A lot of this is really, kind of, discontent with the current state of the country, particularly with the economy, and, driving a lot folks to get out there to the polls."

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11:59 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Republicans win 75th, 76th and 77th Tennessee districts

Northwest Tennessee – Republicans have unseated the Democratic representatives of northwest Tennessee's 75th, 76th and 77th state house districts. Andrew Holt bested six-term Democrat Mark Maddox by more than one thousand votes. Republican Bill Sanderson won Judy Barker's seat by a few hundred votes. In the biggest upset, Republican Tim Wirgau bested four-term incumbent Democrat Willie "Butch" Borchert by nearly 2,400 votes.

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11:57 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

KY Voters Want Gridlock

Murray, KY – Many voters in yesterday's elections said they wanted a return to congressional gridlock. As voters left the polls, some said they wanted a balance between Republicans and Democrats. Political scientist Joe Gerschtenson thinks that desire for gridlock is unique to this election year.

"Whether they like gridlock, per se, I think is another question. And so some of the expression of liking gridlock, I not sure that we would see that in subsequent elections."

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11:54 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Democrats Hurt in Midterms

Murray, KY – Local Democrats paid the price yesterday for the policies of President Obama and the slow economy. Among the losers was state Attorney General Jack Conway, who lost Kentucky's senate race to Republican Rand Paul. Political scientist Joe Gershtenson says Kentuckians were frustrated.

"The national picture had a lot, it really presented a major challenge for Conway and Paul was able to capitalize on it."

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