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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12:04 pm
Thu October 28, 2010

Haslam Would Discourage Lawmakers on Guns Bills

Nashville, TN – Tennessee Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam is expressing frustration about media coverage of his remarks regarding handgun carry permits. Haslam says he would OK potential legislation to do away with a state requirement to obtain a permit to carry a handgun in public. Haslam says the attention has been unwarranted because he does not consider guns a pressing issue amid the state's budget pressures.

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9:13 am
Thu October 28, 2010

Mayoral Candidates' Campaign Assets

Clarksville, TN – Clarksville Council member and mayoral candidate Jeff Burkhart's campaign fundraising has surged, but remains behind rival Kim McMillan's. Burkhart raised about $65,000 this year, trailing McMillan by some $25,000. Burkhart has reported spending almost $40,000, while McMillan has spent over $50,000. The Clarksville Leaf Chronicle reports the five other mayoral candidates vying for the seat have all either raised and spent nothing or less than $100.

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2:58 pm
Wed October 27, 2010

Grayson predicts 48 percent voter turnout

Kentucky – Election Day in Kentucky is next Tuesday and it looks like voter turnout will be fairly strong, but not as high as in presidential election years. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh has the numbers.

Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson is predicting voter turnout of around 48 percent for Tuesday's election. But he says it could be higher in cities like Louisville, which is having a spirited mayoral race.

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2:57 pm
Tue October 26, 2010

Altercation at the Paul/Conway KET debate

Louisville, KY – In their last debate before Election Day, Rand Paul and Jack Conway appeared last night on Kentucky Educational Television. The U.S. Senate hopefuls had a civil exchange, but outside the KET studios, it was anything but civil. Supporters of Rand Paul wrestled a woman to the ground and stepped on her head as she tried to confront the Republican nominee. The woman was from the liberal group MoveOn.org. Paul responded to the violence this morning on FOX News.

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12:44 pm
Tue October 26, 2010

Paul and Conway Debate on KET

Lexington, KY – For the fifth and final time before Election Day, the two candidates for U.S. Senate in Kentucky squared off in a debate. Kentucky Public Radio's Rick Howlett reports on Monday night's Kentucky Educational Television meeting between Republican Rand Paul and Democrat Jack Conway.

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2:42 pm
Mon October 25, 2010

Polls show Kirk ahead in Illinois Senate race

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9:01 am
Mon October 25, 2010

NRA Gives Both Conway, Paul Thumbs Up

Frankfort, KY – The National Rifle Association isn't endorsing either Republican Rand Paul or Democrat Jack Conway in the Commonwealth's US Senate race. Instead, the NRA gives both candidates top ratings for their stances on the Second Amendment and hunting issues. The pro-gun organization surveyed the two with questionnaires and both men tell Associated Press reporters they would defend rights to bear arms.

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7:35 am
Mon October 25, 2010

Conway, Paul Set for Final Debate

Lexington, KY – Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates are set for their final television debate tonight in a race that's become bitter and personal. Republican Rand Paul and Democrat Jack Conway will square off in Lexington at an event to be broadcast statewide on Kentucky Educational Television. It will be the fifth debate of their fall campaign.

Paul considered backing out of the final debate in response to a Conway attack ad, but the Republican announced late last week that he will go ahead with the final head-to-head meeting.

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7:31 am
Mon October 25, 2010

Leeper, Smith Differ on Ads

Paducah, KY – Independent 2nd District State Senator Bob Leeper is criticizing what he calls the negative tone of campaign ads released by his chief opponent, Democrat Rex Smith. Leeper told reporters last week saying information in the ads is misleading and inaccurate about his votes on legislative pensions, the legislature's failure to pass a budget in this year's regular session and his view on accepting special-interest campaign contributions.

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