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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News Archive
8:49 am
Mon November 1, 2010

Candidates Compete to Mobilize Supporters

Frankfort, KY – Both sides in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race pitting Republican Rand Paul and Democrat Jack Conway are reaching out to core supporters to coax them to the polls tomorrow.

Phone banks and neighborhood canvassing are getting full attention in the final days of the campaign. Both sides claim to have superior machines for "get out the vote."

Secretary of State Trey Grayson predicts turnout will reach 48% of the state's 2.9 million registered voters, based on absentee balloting and historic trends.

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3:39 pm
Fri October 29, 2010

TN Early Voting Lower Than Predicted

Nashville, TN – Tennessee early voting turnouts fell short of expectations. Election officials predicted one million ballots would be filled out ahead of November 2nd. But yesterday's final tally showed voters cast a little less than 737,000 early and absentee ballots. Elections spokesman Blake Fontenay says even though they didn't meet the prediction, it's still the state's second highest turnout for a November mid-term election.

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2:10 pm
Fri October 29, 2010

High Schoolers Vote in Mock Election

Murray, KY – If it were up to area high school students who participated in a mock election, Rand Paul would be Kentucky's next US Senator. Paul won by less than 10 percentage points at Livingston Central High School, Lone Oak High School in Paducah, Madisonville North Hopkins High School and Murray High. Conway won the majority at both Lyon County High School and Hopkinsville High. Some participating high schools have yet to be tallied.

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Commentary
1:08 pm
Fri October 29, 2010

Uncommon Mystery - Under A Monsoon Cloud

Murray, KY – Halloween is the perfect excuse to indulge in scary stories, tall tales and murder mysteries. Commentator Michael Cohen pulls out his detective bag for an uncommon mystery novel about the covering up of a murder by members of the Mumbai police force. It's by H.R.F. Keating, an English crime fiction writer best known for his series about Inspector Ganesh Ghote. The 15th book in the series, Under a Monsoon Cloud.

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News Archive
11:33 am
Fri October 29, 2010

Clinton in Louisville Election Eve

Murray, KY – Former President Bill Clinton is returning to Kentucky Monday evening to rally support for Democratic US Senate candidate Jack Conway. Clinton is expected to be in Louisville on election eve, and Conway welcomes his return.

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Commentary
3:06 pm
Thu October 28, 2010

Commentary: Sensitivity police's war on honesty claims another victim

Richard Nelson

Murray, KY – Last week, NPR terminated the contract of Senior News Analyst Juan Williams, due to remarks made on The O'Reilly Factor that were inconsistent with NPR's editorial standards and practices. The action has since sparked a national debate over the issues of political correctness and the freedom of speech. Commentator Richard Nelson says the sensitivity police's war on honesty claims another victim, furthering the divide between the political right and left.

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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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