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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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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News Archive
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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News Archive
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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News Archive
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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News Archive
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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