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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12:34 pm
Wed October 13, 2010

Paul and Conway Headline Paducah Chamber Breakfast

Murray, KY – Independent 2nd district Senator Bob Leeper faces off against his two opponents, Democrat Rex Smith and Republican Mike East. U.S. Senate Candidates Rand Paul and Jack Conway follow. Paducah Sun Reporter Bill Bartlemann Bristol Broadcasting News Director Donna Groves and WPSD-TV Morning Anchor Mike Mallory are the press panel for the debates.

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10:36 am
Wed October 13, 2010

Mayoral Debate in Madisonville

Murray, KY – Mayor Will Cox of Madisonville and his challenger David Jackson will meet tomorrow for a debate at 6PM. The debate will be held in West Broadway Elementary School's gymnasium and is open to the public. The Concerned Citizens Society is hosting the event. Tonya Bowman will be moderating the debate between Jackson and Mayor Cox.

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9:34 am
Wed October 13, 2010

Rand Paul Would 'Get Rid' of Income Taxes, IRS

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul says he would support changing the federal tax code to "get rid" of the Internal Revenue Service and the federal income tax.

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9:33 am
Wed October 13, 2010

Two-week Early Voting Period Begins in Tennessee

Nashville, TN – Early voting is getting under way in Tennessee and election officials expect the turnout could beat the record for a non-presidential year. The early voting period runs from today through October 28th. Democrat Mike McWherter and Republican Bill Haslam are joined by 14 independent candidates running to succeed term-limited Gov. Phil Bredesen.

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10:30 am
Tue October 12, 2010

Paul and Conway face off in Northern Kentucky

Highland Heights, KY – The candidates for Kentucky's open U.S. Senate seat met in their second debate of five last night. Republican Rand Paul and Democrat Jack Conway faced off in Northern Kentucky.

Jack Conway and Rand Paul debated before an audience on the campus of Northern Kentucky University and TV viewers in the Northern Kentucky area and Louisville.

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8:54 pm
Mon October 11, 2010

Former President Bill Clinton appears at Conway rally

Bill Clinton in Murray, Kentucky, 2008.

Lexington, KY – President Bill Clinton, appealed to students and young people in his campaign speech for Jack Conway Monday afternoon on the University of Kentucky campus. Mr. Clinton says Rand Paul, the tea-party-backed candidate for U.S. Senate, supports abolishing the Department of Education and eliminating Pell Grants.
"Don't let them play you. If you want every American to be able to go to college and stay and get a degree, you better vote for Jack Conway for the United States Senate."

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2:52 pm
Mon October 11, 2010

Paducah Close to Naming City Manager

Paducah, KY – The Paducah City Commission will announce their new city manager this week. Commissioners interviewed the final four candidates Friday. The four finalists include Gary Dumas of Elk City, OK, Tony Massey of Frankfort, KY, Doug Maxeiner of McHenry, IL and Jeff Pederson of Grand Island, NE. The commission will further discuss the candidates and work with their search firm before making a final selection.

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Commentary
12:12 pm
Fri October 8, 2010

Uncommon Mystery - The Yiddish Policeman's Union

Murray, KY – Michael Cohen peeks through the pages of an uncommon mystery about a detective story set in an alternative history version of the present day. It's Michael Chabon's award-winning novel "The Yiddish Policemen's Union."

Surely it is an uncommon mystery novel that wins four top awards for science fiction. But what interested the award committees was not a future of space ships and time travel, but rather what Michael Chabon does with the past.

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2:48 pm
Wed October 6, 2010

Cadiz Attorney Says He's Ready for the County Attorney Job

Cadiz, KY – A Cadiz attorney who would have become Trigg's next County Attorney says he shouldn't have to win an election against the same opponent twice. Political newcomer Randall Braboy beat incumbent H. B. Quinn in the democrat primary in May. No Republicans ran. Quinn announced last week he'll run as a write-in. Braboy denies claims he doesn't have enough experience to be county attorney. Braboy says the primary campaign was very civil, but he's not sure the next few weeks will be.

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