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
11:20 am
Tue October 19, 2010

Rand Paul No Debate?

Frankfort, KY – Rand Paul's heated debate with Jack Conway Sunday night may have been his last. Brenna Angel reports the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate is still outraged over a Conway campaign ad.

Less than 24 hours after he refused to shake hands with democrat Jack Conway after a debate in Louisville, Rand Paul said at a press conference in Lexington he's reconsidering the final debate between the two Senate candidates

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7:41 am
Tue October 19, 2010

McCracken County Sheriff Warns about Taking Campaign Signs

Paducah, KY – After receiving many complaints about campaign signs missing from area residents' yards or properties, McCracken County Sheriff Jon Hayden wants to remind the public removing campaign signs is a crime in Kentucky. He says his deputies will be on the look out for the activity and anyone caught will be charged with Theft of Property, a misdemeanor.

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9:38 am
Mon October 18, 2010

Poll: Leeper & Smith in Statistical Dead Heat

Paducah, KY – In an independent poll, incumbent 2nd District State Senator Bob Leeper and Democratic challenger Rex Smith are in a statistical dead heat. The poll was conducted by cable-provider Insight Communications' Commonwealth Network and has Leeper holding about a 4% lead over Smith with a 4.5% margin of error. The poll surveyed some 450 likely voters in Marshall, McCracken and Ballard counties at the end of last month, finding about 40% would support Leeper, 36% back Smith with Republican candidate Mike East drawing about 10%.

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9:38 am
Mon October 18, 2010

8th District Leads Spending in Congressional Races

Nashville, TN – Campaign finance reports show the heaviest fundraising activity among congressional races in Tennessee is in the battle to succeed Democratic Representative John Tanner, who is retiring from his 8th Congressional District seat.

Republican Stephen Fincher pushed his total receipts to almost $2.5 million since entering the race, including a quarter million dollar loan he made to the campaign during the primary. He reported a cash balance of about $542,000.

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9:37 am
Mon October 18, 2010

Paul/Conway Debate @ University of Louisville

Louisville, KY – The two major-party candidates for U.S. Senate debated at the University of Louisville last night. It was one of the most contentious meetings yet between Democrat Jack Conway and Republican Rand Paul.

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12:11 pm
Fri October 15, 2010

Supporters Call Paul "Real American"

Murray, KY – Republican and Democratic supporters turned out at a rally for Republican U. S. Senate candidate Rand Paul in Murray yesterday. Ahead of speeches by GOP leaders, Murray State University student Dylan Gerlach said he feels like Paul represents small towns and small businesses.

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11:58 am
Fri October 15, 2010

Cox-Jackson "Thrilla in Madisonvilla" Debate

Murray, KY – Mayor Will Cox and challenger David Jackson squared off yesterday in Madisonville. The Concerned Citizens Society hosted the event. Member Michael Lowry served as moderator. Concerned Citizens Society President Bill McReynolds said debate consisted of eleven questions collected from the community covering issues like utility rates, the Larry Carney Center, and a potential minority economic development council in Madisonville.

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Commentary
11:31 am
Fri October 15, 2010

Commentary: Abou Ben Adhem and Gail Magruder's Letter

Duane Bolin

Murray, KY – "Life was not always easy," could very well be a universal truism when reflecting on past generations. Commentator Duane Bolin has a new lease on life after a near-death experience. We continue his series of commentaries with a lens on the past, memories of an insurance man in Arlington, Kentucky and the poem, "Abu Ben Adhem" by James Henry Leigh.

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5:02 pm
Thu October 14, 2010

McConnell Says Kentuckians Have "Buyer's Remorse"

Murray, KY – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is among the Republicans working to energize Kentucky voters ahead of the general election. At a well-attended rally for Senate candidate Rand Paul in Murray today, McConnell touted the state's increase in support for the party.

"We've had a chance for the last two years to look at the change that we voted for in 2008. And I sense all across America and definitely all across Kentucky, a serious case of buyer's remorse."

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5:01 pm
Thu October 14, 2010

Rand Paul and GOP leaders speak in Murray

Murray, KY – As part of a statewide bus tour, U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul stopped in several western Kentucky towns yesterday. Paul and GOP leaders, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Ed Whitfield, spoke to a large crowd of supporters at Murray State University. Paul says the current Democratic administration is misguided.

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